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Effie’s Great Adventure–First Women to Ride Cross-CountrySouth Carolina Secrets: Throttle Therapy in the Palmetto State’s National Heritage CorridorThe Italian Idyll Tour With Beach’s Motorcycle AdventuresEdelweiss Bike Travel’s Touring Center NorwayRiding Vermont Historic Route 7AA Whirlwind Motorcycle Tour in OregonSierra Nevadas: Three Days and Three Rides in California’s Motorcycle PlaygroundExploring Historic Southern Arizona on a Honda CB500XAn Alaskan Motorcycle Adventure How-ToDown To Downieville: Rural California Motorcycle RideThe Real South Carolina—Once Around The Palmetto StateNew England: Revisiting Old Haunts, And Some New, In The Six StatesPigeon River Country: Sport Touring in MichiganAdventure on the Alcan: From Dawson Creek to Delta Junction and BeyondCrystal River Riding Reboot—Motorcycle Riding in Florida
Effie’s Great Adventure–First Women to Ride Cross-Country
South Carolina Secrets: Throttle Therapy in the Palmetto State’s National Heritage Corridor
The Italian Idyll Tour With Beach’s Motorcycle Adventures
Edelweiss Bike Travel’s Touring Center Norway
Riding Vermont Historic Route 7A
A Whirlwind Motorcycle Tour in Oregon
Sierra Nevadas: Three Days and Three Rides in California’s Motorcycle Playground
Exploring Historic Southern Arizona on a Honda CB500X
An Alaskan Motorcycle Adventure How-To
Down To Downieville: Rural California Motorcycle Ride
The Real South Carolina—Once Around The Palmetto State
New England: Revisiting Old Haunts, And Some New, In The Six States
Pigeon River Country: Sport Touring in Michigan
Adventure on the Alcan: From Dawson Creek to Delta Junction and Beyond
Crystal River Riding Reboot—Motorcycle Riding in Florida

Motorcycle Gear Reviews

Olympia Moto Sports Blaze Safety Vest

Olympia Moto Sports Blaze Safety Vest Review

Greg Drevenstedt

Wearing hi-viz apparel is a great way to get motorists’ attention. Ultra-bright colors that don’t exist in nature catch their eyes, and that momentary “what’s that?”... read story

September 1, 2015 • 0 comments

Cortech Super 2.0 Tank Bag

Cortech Super 2.0 Tank Bag and Tail Bag Review

Cortech provided the on-bike storage for our long-term Honda CB1100 from its Super 2.0 line of luggage. The 18-liter tank... Read more »

Triumph ISDT Motorcycle Jacket

Triumph ISDT Motorcycle Jacket Review

I like my riding gear like I like my motorcycles––simple, classic and functional––and when I got a Triumph Bonneville... Read more »

Racer Dynamic II Motorcycle Gloves

Racer Dynamic II Motorcycle Gloves Review

Even though crashing when it’s cold is probably going to hurt just as much as when it’s hot, most cold-weather gloves... Read more »

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Motorcycle Gear Buyers Guides

2014 Rider Magazine Holiday Guide

2014 Holiday Gear Guide

Rider Magazine Staff

With the 2014 riding season drawing to a close and the holidays approaching, now is the perfect time to take stock of your motorcycle gear and decide what needs to be replaced.... read story

October 13, 2014 • 2 comments

Pirelli Angel GT

Touring and Sport-Touring Tires Buyers Guide

Avon The Storm 3D X-M sport-touring tire has interlocking three-dimensional points in the sipes for better stability,... Read more »

Helmets Rider Magazine

2014 Modular Helmets Buyers Guide

More and more riders appreciate the benefits of full-face helmets, not just for the comprehensive crash protection they provide,... Read more »

WEB-Helmet-1

Full-Face Helmets Buyers Guide 2013

Why a Full-Face Although wearing any helmet that is at least DOT approved is better than wearing none at all, here at Rider... Read more »

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New & Cool Motorcycle Gear Spotlights

"Motorcycles and Our 2nd 50 Years" by Reg Kittrelle.

New Book: Motorcycles and Our 2nd 50 Years

Press Release

Old is a bad word in the minds of many and often implies useless, worn out, and -in general- over the hill. And this can be particularly true when it comes to riding a motorcycle... read story

August 12, 2015 • 0 comments

Scorpion EXO-R410 Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet

Scorpion EXO-R410 Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet

Scorpion’s best-selling EXO-R410 full-face helmet has a new lower price point at $129.95, making way for the EXO-R710 FRP... Read more »

Yuasa Battery’s GYZ Series

Yuasa Battery’s GYZ Series

Yuasa Battery’s GYZ Series product line consists of factory-activated, maintenance-free, Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries... Read more »

Cafe Racers 2015 Calendar by Fastdates.com

Cafe Racers 2015 Calendar by Fastdates.com

The Cafe Racers 2015 calendar from FastDates.com Calendars features many of the finest custom street racers from the FastDates.com... Read more »

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Cruiser + Touring Motorcycle Reviews

2016 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 and Forty-Eight

Harley-Davidson Announces its 2016 Lineup

Harley-Davidson’s lineup expands for 2016, with two new Dark Custom models, two new S Series limited-edition cruisers and the return of the Road Glide Ultra. Elsewhere in... read story

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Cresting June Lake Loop (California Route 158), with the snowcapped eastern Sierra Nevada in the background, are three of the biggest, most luxurious touring bikes available. Harley-Davidson’s Electra Glide Ultra Limited (left) has roots that go back to the original Electra Glide of 1965 and the introduction of the Batwing fairing in 1969. Honda’s Gold Wing GL1800 (center) celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Though it shares a name with the original from 1947, the Indian Roadmaster (right) is a new model for 2015.

Rider Comparo: 2015 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited | 2015 Honda Gold Wing | 2015 Indian Roadmaster

Cresting June Lake Loop (California Route 158), with the snowcapped eastern Sierra Nevada in the background, are three of... Read more »

Two-tone Indian Motorcycle Red/Ivory Cream is stunning and adds $1,200 to the price.

2015 Indian Roadmaster

Two-tone Indian Motorcycle Red/Ivory Cream is stunning and adds $1,200 to the price. Although Indian lays claim to being... Read more »

Two-tone Candy Red/Black is the best-looking GL1800 paint scheme yet. Stripe down the middle has ghosted “40th Anniversary” logos.

2015 Honda Gold Wing

Two-tone Candy Red/Black is the best-looking GL1800 paint scheme yet. Stripe down the middle has ghosted “40th Anniversary”... Read more »

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Sport + Sport Touring Motorcycle Reviews

2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000F ABS

2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000/F ABS | First Ride Review

The fully faired GSX-S1000F ABS is one of three street-oriented, liter-sized sportbikes Suzuki has introduced for 2016. Photography by Enrico Pavia Sportbikes fall into one... read story

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When the radical, Hayabusa-based Suzuki B-King debuted for 2008, it was the very definition of excess, a naked sportbike that made 145 rear-wheel horsepower and weighed 572 pounds wet. These three from Europe clock in at more than 150 horsepower with curb weights well below 500 pounds, knocking the B-King off its throne. But they aren’t bucking broncos, they’re civilized steeds with state-of-the-art electronics that manage power delivery, chassis dynamics, braking control and more.

Rider Comparo: 2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC ABS, 2015 BMW S 1000 R, 2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

When the radical, Hayabusa-based Suzuki B-King debuted for 2008, it was the very definition of excess, a naked sportbike... Read more »

If you want to go ultra-sport touring, this is your bike. An upright seating position, a modest reach to the bars, generous legroom and a well-padded seat make it all-day comfortable.

2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

If you want to go ultra-sport touring, this is your bike. An upright seating position, a modest reach to the bars, generous... Read more »

The ace up the S 1000 R’s sleeve is optional Dynamic Damping Control, a semi-active suspension system that automatically adjusts damping behavior based on riding conditions as well as each riding mode.

2015 BMW S 1000 R

The ace up the S 1000 R’s sleeve is optional Dynamic Damping Control, a semi-active suspension system that automatically... Read more »

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Sport Standard + Standard Motorcycle Reviews

2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS – First Look Review

The new-for-2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS is powered by a liquid-cooled, 803cc in-line four. Kawasaki has announced its first street model for 2016, the all-new Z800 ABS, a naked... read story

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2015 Suzuki GSX-S750

2015 Suzuki GSX-S750 | First Ride Review

Photography by Enrico Pavia For years, sportbikes powered by 750cc in-line fours were considered the ideal compromise, with... Read more »

2015 BMW R 1200 R

2015 BMW R 1200 R – First Ride Review

Replacing the Telelever on the BMW R 1200 R with a USD fork based on the S 1000 RR’s takes nothing away from the bike’s... Read more »

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1M – First Look Review

Weight and wheelbase are down and power is up on the all-new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1. Yamaha has introduced two all-new YZF-R1... Read more »

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Dual-Sport + Adventure Motorcycle Reviews

2016 BMW S 1000 XR

2016 BMW S 1000 XR | First Ride Review

Based on the 160-horsepower in-line four from the S 1000 R naked sportbike, the all-new S 1000 XR adventure tourer delivers serious performance. Photography by Kevin Wing Thirty-five... read story

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New to the lineup for 2015, the V-Strom 650XT has a beak like the DL1000, plus spoked wheels, aluminum side cases, engine guards and a touring windscreen.

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS — First Ride Review

New to the lineup for 2015, the V-Strom 650XT has a beak like the DL1000, plus spoked wheels, aluminum side cases, engine... Read more »

2015 Multistrada 1200 DVT

2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT / S | First Ride Review

Funny how things come full circle if you just wait long enough, isn’t it? In the 1950s and ’60s, a British or American... Read more »

The active suspension adapts automatically to deliver taut and well-controlled sport riding, plush open-road cruising and compliant comfort over the biggest bumps and deepest potholes we could find.

2016* Aprilia Caponord Rally – First Ride Review

Even with its stronger emphasis on adventure duties, the Rally serves as an excellent street ride, giving up nothing in terms... Read more »

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Retro + Vintage Motorcycle Reviews

Year/Model: 1958 Lambretta Li 150 Series I; Owner: Daniel Schoenewald, Camarillo, California.

Retrospective: Lambretta 150 Li Series I, II, III: 1958-1967

Year/Model: 1958 Lambretta Li 150 Series I; Owner: Daniel Schoenewald, Camarillo, California. The Italian scooter wars were in full ruckus in the late ’50s, as Lambretta... read story

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Year/Model: 1970 Honda CL175K4 Scrambler, Owner: Bob Duncan, Atascadero, California.

Retrospective: Honda CL175 Scrambler: 1968-1973

Year/Model: 1970 Honda CL175K4 Scrambler, Owner: Bob Duncan, Atascadero, California. There certainly were lots of variations... Read more »

Year/Model: 1983 Amazonas Super Esporte 1600; Owner: Doug Wilson, Santa Ynez, California.

Retrospective: Amazonas 1600: 1977-1989

Year/Model: 1983 Amazonas Super Esporte 1600; Owner: Doug Wilson, Santa Ynez, California. This motorcycle was a result of... Read more »

1950 Rumi Turismo 125; Owner: John Goldman, San Francisco, California.

Retrospective: Rumi Turismo 125: 1950-1956

1950 Rumi Turismo 125; Owner: John Goldman, San Francisco, California. (Photography by Isabel Avellan) After World War II... Read more »

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Sidecar + Scooter + Trike Motorcycle Reviews

2016 Can-Am Spyder F3-S Special Series in Triple Black

2016 Can-Am Spyder F3-S Special Series in Triple Black

2016 Can-Am Spyder F3-S Special Series in Triple Black The first model in Can-Am’s 2016 Spyder roadster lineup was revealed—appropriately enough—at the Sturgis rally... read story

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100,000th Can-Am Spyder

BRP Delivers 100,000th Can-Am Spyder

Marc R. Lacroix (left) from BRP presents the 100,000th Can-Am Spyder to owner Brahm Wilson and his wife Rachel. They are... Read more »

2015 Yamaha TMAX

Yamaha Introduces 2015 TMAX Scooter

2015 Yamaha TMAX Yamaha says its new 2015 TMAX scooter offers more road-going performance than ever in a scooter that handles... Read more »

2015 Can-Am Spyder F3

2015 Can-Am Spyder F3—First Ride Review

The Spyder F3’s new cruiser-style riding posture yields functional advantages for body positioning plus a lower overall... Read more »

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