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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

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Motion Pro Spinner T-Handle & Magnetic Nut Driver Bits Review

Arden Kysely

Anyone that’s used a T-handle driver knows how versatile they are. Motion Pro’s spinning handle makes them handier yet. Their Spinner T-Handle Bit Driver has been at the... read story

June 16, 2015 • 0 comments

Olympia Moto Sports Horizon Rain Jacket and Pants

Olympia Moto Sports Horizon Rain Jacket and Pants Review

Riding in the rain is either one of the great joys of motorcycling or one of its biggest hassles. Either way you look at... Read more »

Sidi Tour Rain Boots

Sidi Tour Rain Boots Review

The Sidi Company has been making motorcycle boots since 1970, and has a men’s and women’s range covering everything from... Read more »

BMW Pannier Protection by Wunderlich America

BMW Pannier Protection by Wunderlich America

BMW Pannier Protection by Wunderlich America If your liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 RT tips over, contact with terra firma gets... 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 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 America, alongside the entire 2015 model range at... read story

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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 »

motorcycle cruiser comparison

Middleweight Touring Cruisers: Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, Star V Star 950 Tourer, Suzuki Boulevard C50T, Triumph America LT

All of the bikes in this comparison offer the same touring features and similar components, but they differ in terms of engine... Read more »

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Sport + Sport Touring Motorcycle Reviews

Seven years in the making, the first production Motus motorcycles began shipping late last year. Right: Fully spec’d MST-R gets more power and uprated suspension, handlebar and brakes. (Photography by Phil Hawkins)

Motus MST & MST-R — First Ride Review

Seven years in the making, the first production Motus motorcycles began shipping late last year. (Photography by Phil Hawkins) The first American four-cylinder street bike... read story

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Red and silver are MV Agusta’s traditional livery, and the Turismo Veloce also comes in silver/gray with a red frame. That’s an LED daytime running light surrounding the LED headlight—the low beam comes on automatically at dusk.

2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800–First Ride Review

Red and silver are MV Agusta’s traditional livery, and the Turismo Veloce also comes in silver/gray with a red frame. That’s... Read more »

2015 Yamaha YZF-R3

2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 First Ride Review

Yamaha’s all-new YZF-R3 is a 321cc sportbike that should appeal to a wide audience. Photography by Brian J. Nelson Those... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT – First Ride Review

The all-new 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT combines sportbike performance with adventure-bike comfort and standard saddlebags. Photography... 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

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 guards and a touring windscreen. (Photography by... read story

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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 »

The 1290 Super Adventure is more powerful, sophisticated and comfortable than the 1190 Adventure it’s based on.

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure — First Ride Review

The KTM 1290 Super Adventure might be the most powerful and sophisticated adventure bike ever made. It certainly is one of... Read more »

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Retro + Vintage Motorcycle Reviews

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 economic solutions rather than engineering designs,... read story

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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 »

Year/Model: 1952 Velocette MAC 350; Owner: Tim Kenney, Ojai, California.

Retrospective: Velocette MAC 350: 1934-1960

The reader may be surprised that this motorcycle is not in more immaculate condition, having a shabby saddle, abbreviated... 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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