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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.

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 »

Motion Pro Spinner T-Handle & Magnetic Nut Driver Bits Review

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Arden Kysely
June 16, 2015

Anyone that’s used a T-handle driver knows how versatile they are. Motion Pro’s spinning handle makes them handier yet. Their Spinner T-Handle Bit Driver has been at the top of my toolbox the last few months and I’ve reached for it often while working on my bikes. So far it’s been handy for body... Read more »

Olympia Moto Sports Horizon Rain Jacket and Pants Review

Olympia Moto Sports Horizon Rain Jacket and Pants

Jerry Smith
June 4, 2015

Riding in the rain is either one of the great joys of motorcycling or one of its biggest hassles. Either way you look at it, you need a good rainproof outer layer to keep the rain out. Some riders choose riding gear made of waterproof material, but many others, especially those who don’t ride in rain... Read more »

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

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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

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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 »

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