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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.

Macna Oasis Motorcycle Jacket Review

Macna Oasis Motorcycle Jacket

Arden Kysely
July 7, 2014

A jacket can make or break a ride, especially a long one. Comfort, weatherproofing, cooling and body protection all come into play as the miles roll on. Months of testing the Macna Oasis jacket, which included riding with Patrick Kant, owner of the Dutch company that makes Macna clothing, gave me an... Read more »

Nolan N44 Motorcycle Helmet Review

Nolan N44 Helmet Front View

Joe Michaud
June 30, 2014

If you favor an open-face helmet but still want a lid that can do double-duty as a full-face when needed, this helmet can be your best friend. The polycarbonate N44 is an upgrade to the popular mid-priced N43. Features include a vastly larger view port, a removable chinbar, improved ventilation, a Pinlock... Read more »

Nolan N86 Motorcycle Helmet Review

Nolan N86 Helmet,

Greg Drevenstedt
June 6, 2014

Our last full-face helmet buyers guide (Rider, July 2013) featured 18 helmets, including the Nolan N85. At $249.95-$299.95 and 3 pounds, 7.9 ounces, it was midpack in terms of price and weight, praised for its comfort, its easy-to-deploy and effective sunshield, and its user-friendly Microlock quick-release... Read more »

Rev’It Sand 2 Motorcycle Suit Review

Rev’It Sand 2 Suit

Ken Aiken
June 5, 2014

If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. While somewhat of an exaggeration, riding in the Northeast does require being prepared for rapid weather and temperature changes. Since it’s awkward packing several jackets and pants for each trip, I’ve been on a quest to discover the ultimate riding... Read more »

Rox Pivoting Risers Review

Rox Pivoting Risers

Arden Kysely
June 4, 2014

Bar risers are just as handy for the custom or cruiser rider wanting to tailor a motorcycle’s fit as they are for dual-sporters and adventure riders looking to be comfortable while standing up. Standard risers work great if all you need is a higher hand perch, but they don’t let you adjust the fore/aft... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Beginnings Leather Jacket Review

Harley-Davidson Beginnings Leather Jacket

Mark Tuttle
May 29, 2014

Sometimes I wish I still had the first leather jacket I received at Rider. As I recall, I gave it away because it lacked vents and armor, but I’m sure it’s out there somewhere all beat-up and still keeping a fellow rider warm—leather just never wears out. These days I tend to favor textile apparel... Read more »

Heidenau K60 Scout Motorcycle Tires Review

Heidenau K60 Scout Tires

Arden Kysely
May 7, 2014

Choosing a tire for a multi-surface tour isn’t always easy. You want a tread that’s aggressive enough to grip anything you might encounter, yet wears well enough to last the ride. Do you choose one of the street-oriented dually skins and hope for minimal sand and mud along the track? Or do you spoon... Read more »

Aerostich High Tech Cot Review

Aerostich High Tech Cot

Clement Salvadori
May 6, 2014

Sleep is important, especially when traveling, and gone are those days when I could dig a shallow hip-hole, roll up in a five-dollar Navajo blanket and have a pleasant night. Nowadays, I prefer a good mattress on top of box springs—but those are a bit difficult to bungee to the back of a bike. In recent... Read more »

Progressive Suspension 444 Series Shocks Review

Progressive Suspension 444 Series Shocks

Jerry Smith
May 5, 2014

Motorcycle suspension technology has moved beyond the era when a pair of limp, price-point rear shocks was state-of-the-art, and nobody is happier about that than me. The problem is that now I expect modern suspension performance from every bike I ride, including my 2012 Triumph Bonneville, which came... Read more »

Michelin Pilot Road 4 Sport-Touring Tires Review

Michelin Pilot Road 4 sport-touring tires, front (left) and rear (right).

Greg Drevenstedt
May 2, 2014

There are many dedicated sport-touring motorcycles to choose from, but sport touring—anything from a weekend trip to a yearlong escape that puts a premium on lean angle—can be done on just about any motorcycle, from a sportbike clad in soft luggage to a fully-farkled adventure bike. Given the broad... Read more »

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