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Motorcycle Road Tests

American-made and all-brand motorcycle road tests and comparisons from the editors of Rider and American Rider magazines. This section includes everything about motorcycles including retro and vintage motorcycles as well as full road tests complete with dyno runs, motorcycle gas mileage and hands-on field-testing.

Road Tests

2016 Harley-Davidsons First Ride Review

Mark Tuttle

Project Rushmore upgrades include a beefier fork, lighter cast wheels, Reflex linked brakes with ABS, One-Touch latches and more. (Photography by Riles & Nelson) Just two years after thoroughly updating its Touring lineup under the Project Rushmore banner, for 2016 Harley-Davidson is launching three new models and bringing several back with some... read story

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,... Read more »

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,... Read more »

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Touring and Rallies

Retrospective: Suzuki RG500 Gamma: 1985-1986

Clement Salvadori

Year/Model: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma; Owner: Howard Guzeit, Lake Norman, North Carolina. (Photos by Howard Gutzeit) Sportbikes are one thing, street-legal repli-racers patterned on GP bikes are quite another. Both are intended for public roads, and while both are extremely fast, the repli-racer will have handling better suited to a racetrack than a mountain... read story

Life Lessons on the Moonshine Lunch Run

Even now that the property has changed hands, MLR riders are still welcome to camp at Terry Hammond’s... Read more »

A Short History of California’s Cuesta Pass on U.S. 101

Here the Padre Trail is approaching Cuesta Pass. I imagine we all have a lot of favorite roads. One of... Read more »

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Gear

Dainese’s D-Explorer Gore-Tex Suit

Dainese D-Explorer Gore-Tex Suit Review

Greg Drevenstedt

Dainese’s D-Explorer Gore-Tex suit is designed for the demands of adventure/dual-sport riding, where negotiating challenging terrain may require standing on the pegs, counterbalancing, pushing, pulling and, on those unlucky days, picking up your heavy bike again and again. The “modular flap system” allows panels on the chest, back and thighs to... read story

Olympia Moto Sports Blaze Safety Vest Review

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... Read more »

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 bag with magnetic attachment... Read more »

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 I developed a yearning for... Read more »

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A beautiful day on the Cabot Trail, with the Gulf of St. Lawrence off to the left.

35 Bucket-List Motorcycle Rides

Clement Salvadori

Many of us don’t need help figuring out all of the roads we’d like to ride before we high-side off this mortal coil, but just in case you do, here are 35 to start your list, arranged alphabetically by state or country. 1. Arizona The longest stretch of genuine old U.S. 66 is in western Arizona, running 90 lonely miles from Seligman to Kingman... read story

Blog: Erik’s Last Ride

While checking into our hotel in Williams, Arizona, after the first day of our 16-day road trip, we started talking to a guy named Josh. He told us he... Read more »

Blog: The Nature of Parental Fear

Like most motorcyclists, I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach every time I hear of a motorcycle accident. You know the tune—the traffic lady... Read more »

10 Tips to Stay Cool on Hot Motorcycle Rides

Summer is made for epic rides. Warm, sunny weather and long days make summer an ideal time for motorcycling. But with 2015 on pace to surpass 2014 as the... Read more »

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A beautiful day on the Cabot Trail, with the Gulf of St. Lawrence off to the left.

35 Bucket-List Motorcycle Rides

Clement Salvadori

Many of us don’t need help figuring out all of the roads we’d like to ride before we high-side off this mortal coil,... read story

September 3, 2015

2016 Yamaha Dual-Sports — First Look

September 2, 2015

2016 Yamaha TW200 Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., introduced several more of their 2016 motorcycles yesterday, including... Read more »

Yamaha Motor Company Turns 60

September 2, 2015

Yamaha’s first production model, the 1955 YA-1, aka Akatombo (Red Dragonfly). Torakusu Yamaha built his first reed... Read more »

First U.S. Custom King Crowned By Harley-Davidson

September 2, 2015

The 2015 U.S. Custom Kings winner was created by Yellowstone Harley-Davidson in Belgrade, Montana. The king has been crowned.... Read more »

Honda Releases Pricing and Info on 2016 Models

September 1, 2015

2016 CRF1000L Africa-Twin American Honda has announced pricing for the all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin and also revealed additional... Read more »

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