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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.

Cortech Super 2.0 Tank Bag and Tail Bag Review

Cortech Super 2.0 Tank Bag

Arden Kysely
August 10, 2015

Cortech provided the on-bike storage for our long-term Honda CB1100 from its Super 2.0 line of luggage. The 18-liter tank bag with magnetic attachment sits atop the bike’s steel fuel cell, while a 24-liter tail bag rides pillion. Together, they provide enough hauling capacity for grocery stops or day... Read more »

Triumph ISDT Motorcycle Jacket Review

Triumph ISDT Motorcycle Jacket

Jerry Smith
August 7, 2015

I like my riding gear like I like my motorcycles––simple, classic and functional––and when I got a Triumph Bonneville I developed a yearning for a jacket like the old waxed-cotton Belstaff I had in my lost youth. It was a foul green and smelled so bad my roommates wouldn’t let me come in the... Read more »

Racer Dynamic II Motorcycle Gloves Review

Racer Dynamic II Motorcycle Gloves

Jerry Smith
August 6, 2015

Even though crashing when it’s cold is probably going to hurt just as much as when it’s hot, most cold-weather gloves go for bulk over protection. You get a leather palm here and there, maybe, but that’s not going to help a lot if you punch the pavement. For serious hand protection you need more... Read more »

BikeMaster Heated Grips Review

BikeMaster Heated Grips

Jerry Smith
August 5, 2015

I like heated grips but I’m less fond of installing them. Most of the ones I’ve tried are what I call improvisational—the instructions give you a general idea of how to hook them up, but are short on details like how to mount the generic switch or controller, and lack the parts needed to hook up... Read more »

Pirelli Scorpion Trail II Motorcycle Tires Review

Pirelli Scorpion Trail II Tires

Jon Langston
August 4, 2015

Despite their go-nearly-anywhere capabilities, most adventure bikes are used for commuting, some weekend travel and even touring. Very few contemporary ADV owners ride much off-road—in fact, most are spending the majority of their time on pavement, which can eat through tires like Joey “Jaws” Chestnut... Read more »

National Cycle Street Shield EX Review

National Cycle Street Shield EX

Arden Kysely
July 10, 2015

A bike like the Honda CB1100 is ready for action right off the showroom floor, but that doesn’t mean it can’t use a few accessories to customize it for an owner’s purposes. A lot of riders would start with wind protection on a naked standard. Why beat yourself up when a securely fastened slab of... Read more »

Battery Tender Digital Voltage Indicator Review

Battery Tender Digital Voltage Indicator

James Parchman
July 9, 2015

Battery Tender Digital Voltage Indicator Buried deep inside (some much deeper than others) your motorcycle is an invisible countdown clock, otherwise known as your battery. Ride regularly, and/or keep your machine hooked to a slow charger, and the clock ticks very slowly. Don’t ride or maintain a charge... Read more »

AltRider Hemisphere Soft Luggage Review

AltRider Hemisphere Soft Luggage

Greg Drevenstedt
July 8, 2015

AltRider Hemisphere Soft Luggage Pulling the fuses under the seat is the easiest way to disable the ABS on a Suzuki V-Strom 650XT, but I found out you can also do it by crashing in 4th gear. Such was my fate when, cruising down a gravel road in Death Valley, I hit a pit of deep sand and started swapping... Read more »

Sena 20S Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication System Review

Sena 20S Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication System

Scott A. Williams
July 2, 2015

I’ve been disappointed by the sound quality of wireless, in-helmet communication systems. Sena’s 20S Motorcycle Bluetooth (4.0) Communication System has the best sound quality I’ve found in a wireless comm system, plus sophisticated features. You can make hands-free calls from your iPhone or Android... Read more »

Nolan N104 EVO Modular Helmet Review

Nolan N104 EVO Modular Helmet

Mark Tuttle
July 2, 2015

The words revolution and evolution only differ by the letter r, which could very well stand for rate, as in rate of change. Revolution is usually rapid and risky, while evolution is slower, continuous and more reliable. The Nolan N104 modular helmet, for example, is a good lid its Italian makers felt... Read more »

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