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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

Touratech Desierto 3 Motorcycle Fairing

Touratech Desierto 3 Motorcycle Fairing Review

Arden Kysely

I knew from the get-go that wind protection was not a strong suit of my BMW F 800 GS. Earplugs sufficed while I made busy fitting other aftermarket parts. When I finally looked... read story

March 5, 2015 • 2 comments

Race Tech G3-S IFP Custom Dual Shocks

Race Tech G3-S IFP Custom Dual Shocks Review

If you own and ride an older bike, obtaining upgrades for it can be frustrating. A year ago, I had Race Tech rebuild the... Read more »

Nelson-Rigg CL-2020 GPS Tank Bag

Nelson-Rigg CL-2020 GPS Tank Bag Review

Just about everyone needs a way to carry a few things––gloves, a sweater, a phone––when they ride more than a few... Read more »

Joe Rocket’s Alter Ego 3.0 All-Weather Riding Suit

Joe Rocket’s Alter Ego 3.0 All-Weather Riding Suit Review

Two weeks on tour in Italy and 8,000 miles away from home, one hopes to have made the right gear choices. Big temperature... 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 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 and custom paint. Named after the Bell X-1, the plane... read story

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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 »

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT (Photos by Kevin Wing) V-TWIN VALUE Remember 1984? That’s the year Apple launched its... Read more »

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Sport + Sport Touring Motorcycle Reviews

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 by James Wright and Ula Serra I Prat Using... read story

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2014 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V (Photos by Kevin Wing)

2014 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V—Road Test Review

2014 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V (Photos by Kevin Wing) Spec charts are wondrous things. Given accurate data, a spec chart forecasts... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT—First Ride Review

Only its tall, slender proportions would tell you this sleek Versys 650 is related to its quirky-looking predecessor. New-for-2015... Read more »

2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800

2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800—First Ride Review

The all-new Stradale 800 is MV Agusta’s first entry in the sport-touring segment, a model designed for “urban... Read more »

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Sport Standard + Standard Motorcycle Reviews

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 suspension performance and may save weight. When... read story

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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 »

2015 BMW F 800 R in Racing Blue metallic matt / Light White

2015 BMW F 800 R – First Look Review

2015 BMW F 800 R in Racing Blue metallic matt / Light White The F 800 R roadster joined BMW Motorrad’s other parallel twin-powered... Read more »

2015 Yamaha FJ-09

2015 Yamaha FJ-09 – First Look Review

The new FJ-09 should be perfect for fans of the in-line triple concept who want more sport-touring capability. Yamaha’s... Read more »

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Dual-Sport + Adventure Motorcycle Reviews

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.

2015 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 of hard-charging twisty road capabilities or... read story

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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 »

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R (Photo by Mark Tuttle)

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure / R — Long-term Review

Chasing the sunset on the 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure. (Photo by Kevin Wing) Photos by Kevin Wing, Rich Cox, Mark Tuttle and... Read more »

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2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx and Tiger 800 XCx – First Ride Review

photography by Alessio Barbanti and Paul Barshon In late 2010, at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Triumph pulled the covers... Read more »

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Retro + Vintage Motorcycle Reviews

The rotor in the Hercules is situated laterally (across the frame) whereas on the Suzuki the rotor is positioned longitudinally. Each bike’s single-rotor engine has one spark plug. The RE5’s plug is used in no other engine.

Hercules W2000 and Suzuki RE5—Short History of Wankel-Powered Motorcycles

The rotor in the Hercules is situated laterally (across the frame) whereas on the Suzuki the rotor is positioned longitudinally. Each bike’s single-rotor engine has one... read story

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Year/Model: 1970 Harley-Davidson M65S Sport Leggero; Owner: David Brown, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Retrospective: Harley-Davidson M65S Sport Leggero: 1967-197

Year/Model: 1970 Harley-Davidson M65S Sport Leggero; Owner: David Brown, Knoxville, Tennessee. This is one cool-looking motorcycle,... Read more »

2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Special Edition

2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Special Edition – First Look

2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Special Edition Designed by Lino Tonti, one of the most iconic Moto Guzzis of the past is the 1971... Read more »

1945 Indian Chief Police Special; Owner: Steve Smith, Atascadero, California.

Retrospective: Indian Chief Police Special: 1940-1945

1945 Indian Chief Police Special; Owner: Steve Smith, Atascadero, California. Wouldn’t the new Indian Motorcycle people... Read more »

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Sidecar + Scooter + Trike Motorcycle Reviews

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 like a sportbike. The TMAX features a new-for-2015,... read story

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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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2015 Can-Am Spyder F3 – First Look Review

2015 Can-Am Spyder F3-S in Pure Magnesium Metallic/Steel Black Metallic After giving everyone a tease with the release of... Read more »

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