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2014 Trike Buyers Guide

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Rider Magazine Staff
April 2, 2014

CAN-AM: Is the Can-Am Spyder a trike? That’s up to you to decide. Before you do, consider the Spyder’s ABS that can monitor and control each wheel separately, the traction control that prevents unwanted wheelspin and the optional semiautomatic transmission that uses automotive-style paddle... Read more »

2013 Hi-Visibility Buyers Guide

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Jerry Smith
January 3, 2014

No matter what time of year, it’s tough for motorcyclists to stand out in traffic. As winter closes in, daylight hours diminish and overcast skies become common, it’s even harder to be seen. Hi-viz apparel and riding gear is the first line of defense against careless and inattentive drivers, and... Read more »

2013 Buyers Guide: Riding Pants & Overpants

Pants Buyers Guide

Bill Stermer
November 7, 2013

Blue jeans may be American motorcyclists’ riding pants of choice, but have you ever seen what happens to a pair of jeans when they hit the pavement at about 45 mph? Trust me, it’s not pretty. Nor are the bumps, scrapes and bruises that the rider experiences pretty either. Most riders will wear a... Read more »

2013 Buyers Guide: Touring and Sport-Touring Tires

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Bill Stermer
August 7, 2013

Tires seem to be a pretty simple proposition. They’re round and they’re black. All we ask of them is that that they grip well, last a decent number of miles and don’t cost too much. However, beneath this rather bland exterior lies a tremendous amount of technology born of relentless research. To... Read more »

Full-Face Helmets Buyers Guide 2013

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Bill Stermer
July 3, 2013

Why a Full-Face Although wearing any helmet that is at least DOT approved is better than wearing none at all, here at Rider we prefer full-face helmets. A full-facer is one on which the chinbar is an integral part of the helmet rather than an add-on that can be pivoted upward, such as with a modular... Read more »

Motorcycle Windshield Buyers Guide

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Bill Stermer
May 7, 2013

We like to fantasize that motorcycling is all about the wind in your hair and your knees in the breeze, but when you come right down to it, there can be too much of a good thing. Like the wind…pushing against you at 60-70 mph for hour after relentless hour…in the cold…in the rain. To counteract... Read more »

High-Tech Bags: Motorcycle Luggage Buyers Guide

Motorcycle Luggage Buyers Guide.

Bill Stermer
April 5, 2013

Some years ago, as part of the seminars I conducted at motorcycle rallies, I described how it was possible to carry many useful items on tour in a small bag affixed to your bike’s fuel tank. There would be a map displayed right there under your snoot in the convenient map pouch, and inside the tankbag... Read more »

Buyers Guide: Touring and Sport-Touring Boots

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Bill Stermer
February 1, 2013

Each type of motorcycle—sportbikes, dual-sports, cruisers, naked bikes, tourers and sport tourers—is designed to perform a series of specific tasks, and each is finely honed to that use. Likewise, the gear we wear needs to be as finely honed to the specific task as our motorcycles. With that said,... Read more »

Affordable Motorcycle Jackets Buyers Guide

Aerostich Darien Light

Bill Stermer
August 28, 2012

We’re all aware that the economy has been in the tank for several years, and the result is that many of us are being much more careful with our money. We want to stretch it, to get good value for every precious dollar, and of course we want to take advantage of the fuel economy available from our motorcycles... Read more »

Motorcycle Camping and Adventure Gear Buyers Guide

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Jerry Smith
July 24, 2012

It’s been a great day on the road––or off it––and as the sun heads for the horizon you’re thinking about where to bed down for the night. You could look for another stuffy motel room with questionable sheets and a constant drip from the shower, but somehow that doesn’t go with the adventure... Read more »

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