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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.

Book Review: Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps, 5th Edition

Motorcycle-Journeys-Alps-5th

Clement Salvadori
December 5, 2013

Winter is coming on. Should great-uncle Arthur (R.I.P.) have left you a bit in his will, you can either hop on a plane and fly for way too many hours across the Pacific to the Southern Hemisphere and beautiful New Zealand and ride those delightful islands, or settle in with this book in front of the... Read more »

Corbin Seat for Honda Silver Wing Review

Corbin motorcycle seat

Jerry Smith
December 5, 2013

It’s called mission creep. Scooters, originally designed to be small, friendly, urban transportation modules, are morphing into larger, more powerful, more capable traveling companions, equally adept at taking you across town or across the country. But some scooters’ do-it-all aspirations are held... Read more »

Denali D2 LED Lights by Twisted Throttle Review

Mark Tuttle
December 3, 2013

Denali D2 LED Lights by Twisted Throttle Avoiding nasty encounters at night with animals, potholes, debris and such is a matter of not “out-riding” your bike’s headlight, or riding slowly enough that you’ll have time to stop if a black cow suddenly appears in the beam. That can mean riding at... Read more »

Kappa TKW746 DryPak Tankbag Review

Kappa TKW746 DryPak Tankbag

Greg Drevenstedt
November 27, 2013

Kappa is new, lower-priced brand of motorcycle luggage and accessories that is made in Italy and is a subsidiary of Givi. Tour & Ride is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Kappa products, which includes hard and soft luggage, apparel and bolt-on motorcycle accessories. One of Kappa’s more unique... Read more »

HJC IS-17 Motorcycle Helmet Review

HJC IS-17 Motorcycle Helmet

Greg Drevenstedt
November 27, 2013

As the largest motorcycle helmet manufacturer in the world, HJC makes millions of helmets every year. For the U.S. market, it offers more than a dozen full-face, flip-up and open-face models, priced from $99.99 to $564.99 and available in a wide range of colors and graphics. (HJC America’s new designer,... Read more »

Vertix Raptor-i Helmet Communication System Review

Vertix Raptor

Ken Aiken
November 26, 2013

The Raptor-i from Vertix does all that’s expected of a top-quality Bluetooth helmet communication system, and a bit more. The lightweight control unit fits onto the side of a helmet using a very strong type of hook-and-loop fastener that is claimed to be secure up to 130 mph. The control unit has four... Read more »

Harbor Freight Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly Review

Harbor Freight Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly

Dave Bucher
November 26, 2013

(Editor’s Note: addendum at bottom added on March 11, 2014) Problem: Storing and accessing your precious motorcycle in a small garage that’s full of stuff. Solution: Harbor Freight’s Haul-Master (Item 95896) Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly. I bought mine in 2007 to handle the dreaded chore of... Read more »

HeliBars Horizon LST Multi-Adjustable Handlebars for GL1800 Review

HeliBars Horizon LST

Greg Drevenstedt
November 8, 2013

HeliBars Horizon LST Multi-Adjustable Handlebars for GL1800 When I tested a set of HeliBars Horizon ST (Sport Touring) multi-adjustable handlebars two years ago, they were available only for the Kawasaki Concours 14 (Rider, October 2011). Heli Modified, Inc. has since expanded the fitment range to include... Read more »

AGV AX-8 Dual Evo Motorcycle Helmet Review

AGV AX-8 Dual Evo Helmet.

Greg Drevenstedt
November 5, 2013

In 1945, as Italy began rebuilding after World War II, a young accountant named Gino Amisano started making leather saddles and helmets for bicyclists in the town of Valenza. The fledgling company was called AGV (Amisano Gino Valenza), and Amisano made his first motorcycle helmet in 1947 by shaping leather... Read more »

Garmin zumo 390LM GPS Review

Garmin zumo 390LM motorcycle GPS

Greg Drevenstedt
October 29, 2013

Trying to stay ahead of do-it-all smartphones, less than a year after Editor Tuttle’s evaluation of the zumo 350LM GPS (Rider, February 2013) Garmin has released a new model to replace it. The zumo 390LM has all of the features of the 350LM, plus three new ones—Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones,... Read more »

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