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South 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
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

National Cycle Street Shield EX

National Cycle Street Shield EX Review

Arden Kysely

A bike like the Honda CB1100 is ready for action right off the showroom floor, but that doesn’t mean it can’t use a few accessories to customize it for an owner’s purposes.... read story

July 10, 2015 • 0 comments

Battery Tender Digital Voltage Indicator

Battery Tender Digital Voltage Indicator Review

Battery Tender Digital Voltage Indicator Buried deep inside (some much deeper than others) your motorcycle is an invisible... Read more »

AltRider Hemisphere Soft Luggage

AltRider Hemisphere Soft Luggage Review

AltRider Hemisphere Soft Luggage Pulling the fuses under the seat is the easiest way to disable the ABS on a Suzuki V-Strom... Read more »

Sena 20S Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication System

Sena 20S Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication System Review

I’ve been disappointed by the sound quality of wireless, in-helmet communication systems. Sena’s 20S Motorcycle Bluetooth... 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 »

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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

Scorpion EXO-R410 Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet

Scorpion EXO-R410 Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet

Rider Magazine Staff

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 race helmet at $189.95. With an advanced polycarbonate... read story

February 3, 2015 • 0 comments

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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New Products from Rizoma

Rizoma recently launched several new products, including Switch Handlebar End Caps ($73), which seamlessly integrate with... Read more »

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Cruiser + Touring Motorcycle Reviews

2016 Indian Motorcycle lineup

Indian Motorcycle Announces its 2016 Lineup

The 2016 Indian Motorcycle lineup. Ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicking off next week, Indian Motorcycle has announced its 2016 model lineup,... read story

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2016 Moto Guzzi Eldorado 1400

Moto Guzzi Unveils Eldorado and Audace, Announces Pricing

Moto Guzzi USA unveiled the new 2016 pre-production Eldorado and Audace (ow-dah-cheh) models for the first time in North... Read more »

2016 Victory Magnum X-1

2016 Victory Magnum X-1 – First Look Review

The 2016 Victory Magnum X-1 is a big-wheel bagger with high-end billet wheels, a 200-watt audio system, an LED headlight... Read more »

2015 Star Bolt C-Spec

2015 Star Bolt C-Spec – First Ride Review

The 2015 Star Bolt C-Spec offers café racer style in a cruiser package. photography by Brian J. Nelson Star Motorcycles... Read more »

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Sport + Sport Touring Motorcycle Reviews

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 that made 145 rear-wheel horsepower and weighed 572... read story

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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 »

2016 BMW R 1200 RS

2016 BMW R 1200 RS | First Ride Review

Absent from BMW’s lineup for more than a decade, the R 1200 RS (Reisesport, or “Travel Sport”) returns... 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: 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 of Honda’s 175 twin over its six years on the... read story

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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 »

2015 Ducati Scrambler vs 2015 Triumph Scrambler

Rider Comparo: 2015 Ducati Scrambler vs. Triumph Scrambler

Two Scramblers in name; two different directions in practice. Photography by Kevin Wing Most of the time, an awful lot of... Read more »

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Sidecar + Scooter + Trike Motorcycle Reviews

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 joined by Len Damouth (right) from Pit Bull Powersports. BRP,... read story

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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 »

F6B Raptor

Motor Trike F6B Raptor—First Ride

Take your choice: Luxury or Sport, Motor Trike’s Adventure series includes conversions of Honda’s Gold Wing and F6B. It’s... Read more »

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