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Motorcycle Gear Reviews
The gear section of Ridermagazine.com is all about equipping both you and your motorcycle. In this section you will find introductions to new gear (New & Cool), hands-on gear testing and reviews, buyers guides and an option to browse gear by type. To make it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for, our browse by type section breaks our gear into five sections: Apparel, Helmets, Tires, Parts & Accessories and Electronics.

HJC RPHA ST Helmet Review

HJC RPHA ST in the Rugal graphic.

Greg Drevenstedt
March 19, 2015

HJC RPHA ST in the Rugal graphic. HJC has been North America’s top-selling helmet brand for more than two decades, and its offerings include full-face, modular and open-face street helmets, off-road helmets and even auto and snowmobile helmets. After selling low-to-mid-priced helmets for years, in... Read more »

Touratech Desierto 3 Motorcycle Fairing Review

Touratech Desierto 3 Motorcycle Fairing

Arden Kysely
March 5, 2015

I knew from the get-go that wind protection was not a strong suit of my BMW F 800 GS. Earplugs sufficed while I made busy fitting other aftermarket parts. When I finally looked up from my accessorizing, the screen options had multiplied. Touratech’s Desierto 3 stood out from the crowd as a complete... Read more »

Race Tech G3-S IFP Custom Dual Shocks Review

Race Tech G3-S IFP Custom Dual Shocks

Bill Stermer
March 5, 2015

If you own and ride an older bike, obtaining upgrades for it can be frustrating. A year ago, I had Race Tech rebuild the fork on my 1976 BMW R75/6 (Rider, June 2013), and experienced a renewed joy in riding it. Not only was the ride improved, but it no longer leaked fork fluid on the front brake disc.... Read more »

Nelson-Rigg CL-2020 GPS Tank Bag Review

Nelson-Rigg CL-2020 GPS Tank Bag

Jerry Smith
March 4, 2015

Just about everyone needs a way to carry a few things––gloves, a sweater, a phone––when they ride more than a few miles. For years, tankbags filled that role, but the time is long past when you could just toss all your stuff in a big open compartment and rummage around for items when you needed... Read more »

Joe Rocket’s Alter Ego 3.0 All-Weather Riding Suit Review

Joe Rocket’s Alter Ego 3.0 All-Weather Riding Suit

Sue Salvadori
March 4, 2015

Two weeks on tour in Italy and 8,000 miles away from home, one hopes to have made the right gear choices. Big temperature variations and the occasional rain shower are best addressed with a bit of layering. Rather than taking a rainsuit, I chose to wear Joe Rocket’s Alter Ego 3.0 multi-layer all-weather... Read more »

DP Brakes Sintered Brake Pads Review

DP Brakes Sintered Brake Pads

Ken Lee
March 2, 2015

DP Brakes Sintered Brake Pads Going fast is fun, but the ability to stop quickly is essential. Because when a bad situation arises, the capacity to brake hard, scrub off speed and come to a safe halt will save your bacon. In a related thought, as motorcycle technology marches onward, it’s the brakes... Read more »

Bohn CoolAir Armored Pants Review

Bohn CoolAir Armored Pants

James Parchman
February 19, 2015

Americans, even those of generation Baby Boomer, seem to be changing their lifestyles for the better: No smoking, moderating alcohol intake, and…we even eat our broccoli. Motorcyclists also seem better at safely suiting up, too. More wear helmets, protective jackets and boots. The one lapse is from... Read more »

Dirt-Bagz Ranger Saddlebags Review

Dirt-Bagz Ranger Saddlebags

Clement Salvadori
February 3, 2015

A lot of aftermarket companies make saddlebags and panniers for dual-purpose motorcycles. I’m a proponent of simplicity and softness—simple mounting and soft bags. I needed to give the Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition some luggage capacity for the Lost Coast story on page 36, and DBz Products has what... Read more »

Held Air n Dry Gloves Review

Held Air n Dry Gloves

Mark Tuttle
February 2, 2015

In many of the best riding areas, “summer” doesn’t always mean dry and sunny all of the time. In California, for example, it’s possible to ride from 90-plus F temperatures in the Central Valley into misty, 65-degree weather on the coast in less than an hour. The Southeast, Midwest and Alps in... Read more »

HJC IS-MAX II Helmet Review

HJC IS-MAX II Motorcycle Helmet

Greg Drevenstedt
February 2, 2015

Flip-up helmets have won me over. I love being able to quickly raise the chinbar—during a roadside stop, at a gas station, wherever—and have a chat with my passenger or co-riders, or drink water or eat a snack or take a selfie or apply sunblock or blow my nose, all without having to remove my helmet. HJC... Read more »

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