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Motorcycle Gear Reviews
This section includes motorcycle gear reviews with testing conducted by Rider magazine editors. Gear reviews include apparel, parts & accessories, helmets, electronics and tires. If you are looking for a certain type of gear, use our browse by type option to see one gear category at a time.

Sidi Tour Rain Boots Review

Sidi Tour Rain Boots

Clement Salvadori
June 4, 2015

The Sidi Company has been making motorcycle boots since 1970, and has a men’s and women’s range covering everything from motocross to touring, even pit boots. Liking simplicity and ease of use, I ordered up a pair of Sidi Tour Rain boots in size 11.5. Putting them on the scale, the pair weighed three... Read more »

BMW Pannier Protection by Wunderlich America

BMW Pannier Protection by Wunderlich America

Scott A. Williams
June 3, 2015

BMW Pannier Protection by Wunderlich America If your liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 RT tips over, contact with terra firma gets expensive. The valve covers and panniers stick out, and damage from parts gouged or broken due to impact quickly runs into four figures. Ouch. Engine bars that protect the jugs are... Read more »

Bilt Explorer Dry Bag Review

Bilt Explorer Dry Bag

James Parchman
June 2, 2015

Maybe it’s a bit of literary stretch to claim that Jim Bronson was a famous motorcycle explorer. But after chucking a newspaper job, then duffeling his earthly possessions to his Sportster, Bronson’s stoplight conversation with a traditionally suited motorist resonated with an entire late 1960s generation... Read more »

A Roundup of Great New Gear Rider Magazine Staffers Have Recently Put to the Test

Kermit Table

Rider Magazine Staff
May 12, 2015

A Roundup of Great New Gear Rider Magazine Staffers Have Recently Put to the Test Aerostich Kanetsu Warm Bib Aerostich Kanetsu Warm Bib $97 A heated vest or jacket provides the most warmth in the least amount of packing space. The Kanetsu Warm Bib takes that idea to the extreme, since it only covers... Read more »

Avon Storm 3D X-M Tires Review

Avon Storm 3D X-M, Front.

Bill Stermer
May 4, 2015

Here at Rider we’re always on the road, often on sport-touring machines. Like you, our goal is to find a tire designed for sport-touring motorcycles that delivers long tread life with great grip, ride comfort and enhanced handling. The Storm 3D X-M tire from Avon is so new that, late last summer, we... Read more »

KTM HQ Adventure Suit Review

KTM HQ Adventure Suit

Greg Drevenstedt
April 29, 2015

Nearly every motorcycle manufacturer offers its own line of branded riding apparel, and KTM is no exception. Like its motorcycle lineup, the Austrian company’s PowerWear line includes gear for adventure, street and off-road riding, everything from jackets and pants to helmets, boots and gloves, most... Read more »

Fly Racing Ignitor Gloves Review

Fly Racing Ignitor Gloves

Jerry Smith
April 29, 2015

Winter is just another riding season here in Oregon, thanks mainly to snow-free weather and heated riding gear. But although I love heated gear, I’m not so fond of all the wires, especially the ones I have to thread through the sleeves of my jacket to power heated gloves. Now there’s a way to... Read more »

Aerostich Transit 2 Suit Review


Greg Drevenstedt
April 14, 2015

Aerostich Transit 2 Suit Back in 2008, Aerostich released the first-generation Transit suit, made of Gore-Tex Pro Shell leather—top-grain leather fused with a breathable, waterproof inner membrane. During tanning, the leather is treated with repellents so it won’t absorb water like traditional leather,... Read more »

Dainese Fulcrum C2 Gore-Tex Boots Review

Dainese Fulcrum C2 Gore-Tex Boots

Greg Drevenstedt
April 2, 2015

Elastic bellows on the Dainese Fulcrum C2 Gore-Tex Boots allow the foot to flex naturally. To get my seal of approval, touring boots need to be comfortable, durable, waterproof, easy to get on and off (yet stay securely on my feet while riding), and capable of protecting my feet and ankles, with their... Read more »

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 »

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