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Motorcycle Gear Buyers Guides
Rider magazine buyer’s guides are a handy tool to have if you’re in the market for new gear. Each buyer’s guide focuses on one type of gear and offers several brand examples with product specifications. Buyer’s Guides make comparing products easy and help make what could be a daunting search through thousands of products more manageable.

Hearing Protection for Motorcyclists

Joe Michaud
May 13, 2011

by Joe Michaud Two men are talking. One is bragging about his new hearing aid and says, “I have a new hearing aid…it’s wonderful. I can hear everything quite clearly.” Second man asks, “Really? What kind is it?” First man checks his watch and says, “Quarter to three.” If that sounds like... Read more »

Motorcycle Riding Suit Buyers Guide

Alpinestars 360R Drystar Suit

Bill Stermer
September 15, 2008

photography by Scott Hirko [This Motorcycle Riding Suit Buyers Guide was originally published in the September 2008 issue of Rider magazine] A good all-weather motorcycle touring or commuting suit is one that’s versatile enough to cover a wide range of temperatures, that provides some impact protection... Read more »

Motorcycle-Mounted Video Camera Buyers Guide

GoPro Hero Mountable Video Camera

Joe Michaud
September 15, 2008

[This Motorcycle Video Camera Buyers Guide was originally published in the October 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Video is not new to motorcycles. Mounts for consumer-grade camcorders have existed for years; however, blindly fumbling with tiny camera buttons while wearing gloves has never seemed particularly... Read more »

Motorcycle Soft Luggage Buyer's Guide

Wolfman Wolf Tail

Bill Stermer
October 11, 2006

[This Motorcycle Soft Luggage Buyer's Guide was originally published in the July 2006 issue of Rider magazine] 13. Wolfman Wolf Tail Whether you call them seatbags or tailpacks, these guys can really haul. Often, our staff riders have been able to take an overnight (and sometimes a two-day) trip with... Read more »

Touring & Sport-Touring Motorcycle Tire Buyers Guide

Bridgestone Battlax BT-020 Sport Touring Tires

Arden Kysely
September 21, 2006

[This Touring & Sport-Touring Motorcycle Tire Buyers Guide was originally published in the May 2006 issue of Rider] Looking for a new tire? There’s certainly no shortage of good rubber available these days for the tire shopper. If you’re happy with your tires’ mileage and performance, you can... Read more »

Twelve Three-Quarter Motorcycle Helmets: Buyers Guide

2008 HJC AC-3 Motorcycle Helmet

Rider Contributor
July 28, 2006

[This Three-Quarter Motorcycle Helmets Buyers Guide was originally published in American Rider magazine] 2008 HJC AC-3 Motorcycle Helmet In the world of motorcycle head protection, there are three basic types of helmets. There’s the half-helmet that covers just the top portion of the head, the... Read more »

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