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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.

Ride Like a Pro DVDs and Book: Review

The New Ride Like a Pro DVD

Greg Drevenstedt
April 30, 2014

Since joining the Rider staff in 2008, I’ve attended riding schools on racetracks, on the street and off-road. Every school has taught me valuable lessons on how to ride more safely and proficiently. A few simple techniques that I learned early on, when I reviewed Jerry “Motorman” Palladino’s... Read more »

Nelson-Rigg Sport-Touring Soft Luggage Review

Nelson-Rigg Sport-Touring Soft Luggage

Greg Drevenstedt
April 30, 2014

Lockable hard luggage isn’t available for all motorcycles, and when it is, a set of cases and mounting hardware can cost $1,000 or more. Although it provides less security and weather protection, soft luggage is lighter, cheaper and can be mounted to almost any motorcycle. California-based Nelson-Rigg... Read more »

BMW Allround Motorcycle Boots Review

BMW Allround Motorcycle Boots

Clement Salvadori
April 15, 2014

BMW Allround Motorcycle Boots Nobody should debate the importance of good footgear, whether it’s for dancing, hiking, playing tennis or riding a motorcycle. Years ago I met a rider on a chopper with a foot clutch who prided himself on riding barefoot; I can’t say I’d recommend that. If something... Read more »

Motion Pro BeadPro Review

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Arden Kysely
April 11, 2014

Motion Pro BeadPro Roadside tire repair just got easier, especially for those of us running tires with tubes. Repairing a simple puncture in a tubeless tire is easy, but fixing a tubed tire, like those on my BMW F 800 GS, means breaking the bleepin’ bead. Until now, the best “portable” bead breakers... Read more »

Icon Outsider Motorcycle Jacket Review

Icon Outsider Motorcycle Jacket

Jon Langston
April 4, 2014

After years of producing great gear for racing and sport riding, Icon recently made a splash in the cruiser world with a line of top-quality riding gear designed for the distinguished motorcyclist. Icon 1000 gear is aimed at the high-end cruiser rider, the motorcyclist who appreciates value and isn’t... Read more »

Nelson-Rigg Sport Tank Bag and Expandable Sport Tail Pack Review

Nelson-Rigg Sport Tank Bag and Expandable Sport Tail Pack.

Clement Salvadori
April 3, 2014

Nelson-Rigg has been making soft touring luggage for more than 30 years, so it pretty much has the art of making tankbags, seatbags, saddlebags, etc., figured out. Including ease of use. Take its CL-1025 Sport Tank Bag. It is about a foot long and 9 inches wide, with an average height of 6 inches, for... Read more »

National Cycle Plexifairing GT Windscreen Review

National Cycle Plexifairing GT

Jerry Smith
April 2, 2014

Split personalities are nothing new to motorcyclists. Mild-mannered drones by day, toiling away at school or in the office or at the job site, then, as soon as the whistle blows at the end of the day, we turn into two-wheel adventurers. Your bike can reflect that shift in mood, too, with a full-coverage... Read more »

TCX X-Desert Boots Review

TCX X-Desert Boots

Greg Drevenstedt
March 28, 2014

With the performance, technology and comfort of today’s adventure touring motorcycles, one bike really can do it all. Load up the panniers and trunk with a week’s worth of gear, then head off on a two-up tour with your spouse. Spoon on a set of knobbies, pack the camping gear and head into the national... Read more »

Cycle Gear Freeze-Out Base Layers Review

Ninja-ready Cycle Gear Freeze-Out base layers: balaclava, long sleeve top, long johns, and glove/boot liners.

Greg Drevenstedt
March 14, 2014

Cycle Gear Freeze-Out base layers from head to toe: balaclava, long sleeve top, glove liners, long johns and boot liners. Perfect for cold-weather riding or ninja training. According to the National Weather Service’s windchill calculator, at an ambient temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit and a wind... Read more »

The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel, 2nd Edition – Book Review

Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel, 2nd edition

Clement Salvadori
March 11, 2014

Had I had the benefits of Dale Conyer’s book, The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel, back when I took my first real motorcycle trip, I would have been a good deal happier. There we were, two 17-year-olds tearing around for two months on a pair of used 250s, and I think the closest thing we had to... Read more »

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