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The 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
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

Held Camaris/Ravero Suit

Held Camaris/Ravero Motorcycle Suit Review

Greg Drevenstedt

Held, a 60-year-old German company best known in the U.S. for its high-quality gloves, also makes motorcycle apparel and luggage. One of Held’s most unique offerings is... read story

January 5, 2015 • 0 comments

TwistedCore Summer Base Layer Compression Shirt

TwistedCore Base Layers Review

TwistedCore Summer Base Layer Compression Shirt I’m a base layers true-believer. For the past several years I have... Read more »

Corbin Vintage Gunfighter Seat for Triumph Bonneville

Corbin Vintage Gunfighter Seat for Triumph Bonneville Review

A bike like the Triumph Bonneville practically cries out for customizing. My own Bonnie suggests it to me now and then, but... Read more »

Tour Master Trinity Series 3 Women’s Jacket

Tour Master Trinity Series 2 Women’s Motorcycle Jacket Review

While motorcycling remains a primarily male activity, more women are riding their own bikes and as passengers. Still, it’s... 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 • 0 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

MX-9 Adventure from Bell Helmets

MX-9 Adventure from Bell Helmets

Heather Reinhart

WHAT AN ADVENTURE. The MX-9 Adventure from Bell Helmets is the company’s first dual-sport helmet that’s versatile enough for off-road conditions and comfortable enough... read story

January 8, 2015 • 0 comments

Rekluse EXP Auto Clutch

Rekluse EXP Auto Clutch

IT’S AUTOMATIC. Rekluse has created an EXP auto-clutch product for big twin Harley-Davidson motorcycle applications that... Read more »

Dowco’s Guardian WeatherAll Plus Motorcycle Covers

Dowco’s Guardian WeatherAll Plus Motorcycle Covers

Dowco’s Guardian WeatherAll Plus Motorcycle Covers FULL COVERAGE. Dowco’s Guardian WeatherAll Plus motorcycle covers... Read more »

Tour Master’s Solution 2.0 WP Road Boots

Tour Master’s Solution 2.0 WP Road Boots

THE FOOT SOLUTION. Tour Master’s Solution 2.0 WP Road Boots include a HiPora waterproof, breathable membrane, 3M Scotchlite... Read more »

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Cruiser + Touring Motorcycle Reviews

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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 size (and in one case, configuration), air vs.... read story

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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 »

2014 Star V Star 950 Tourer

2014 Star V Star 950 Tourer

2014 Star V Star 950 Tourer (Photos by Kevin Wing) STYLE FOR MILES Yamaha’s Star Motorcycle division claims to be the top-selling... Read more »

2014 Suzuki Boulevard C50T

2014 Suzuki Boulevard C50T

2014 Suzuki Boulevard C50T (Photos by Kevin Wing) CRUISER COMFORT Suzuki’s Boulevard cruisers, which have model names that... 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

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 Greg Drevenstedt Any day now, our long-term 2014 KTM... read story

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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 »

2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx

2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XR and XC – First Look Review

2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx in Caspian Blue Triumph’s Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC adventure tourers, introduced for 2011,... Read more »

CSC RX-3 Cyclone

CSC Motorcycles to Import the RX-3 Cyclone, a 250cc Adventure Bike

CSC RX-3 Cyclone CSC Motorcycles, based in Azusa, California, announced today that it is bringing in the first shipment of... Read more »

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Retro + Vintage Motorcycle Reviews

1950 Vincent Series C “White” Shadow, sold for a record $224,250 at the Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction.

World Records Achieved at Bonhams’ Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

This 1950 Vincent Series C “White” Shadow sold for a record $224,250 at Bonhams’ Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction. Classic motorcycles from Britain filled the ranks... read story

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Year/Model: 1988 Honda NX650; Owner: Kevan Aurand, Paso Robles, California.

Retrospective: Honda NX650: 1988-1989

Year/Model: 1988 Honda NX650; Owner: Kevan Aurand, Paso Robles, California. Here was a slightly new approach to the widening... Read more »

2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon

2015 Ducati Scrambler – First Ride Review

Ducati calls its new Scrambler a “post heritage” design – what its original Scramblers from ’60s... Read more »

1995 MZ Saxon 500 Country; Owner: Steven Rossi, East Haddam, Connecticut.

Retrospective: MZ Saxon 500 Country: 1992-1996

1995 MZ Saxon 500 Country; Owner: Steven Rossi, East Haddam, Connecticut. (Photography by Steve Cote) Nice half-liter thumper,... Read more »

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Sidecar + Scooter + Trike Motorcycle Reviews

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 Center of Gravity. (Photos by Riles & Nelson) Can-Am... read story

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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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2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler: Ridden & Rated

As the only OEM other than BRP building trikes in-house, Harley-Davidson satisfies some of the growing demand for three-wheelers. Following... Read more »

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