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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

Rider Comparo: 2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC ABS, 2015 BMW S 1000 R, 2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Greg Drevenstedt

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,... read story

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”)... Read more »

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... Read more »

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Touring and Rallies

Riding Zero Avenue in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland

Photo Credit: Trevor Marc Hughes

The endless straight ribbon of asphalt undulates along the 49th parallel north.

Riding Zero Avenue in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland

Trevor Marc Hughes

I was riding my Kawasaki KLR650 on a cool, sunny March day. Mount Baker, in northern Washington State, was continuing to be elusive. The inactive volcano in all its snowcapped glory presented a great photo opportunity, but just when I cleared another high ridge, the tree line would appear on the right, blocking my view. I kept the faith, knowing I would... read story

The 28th Annual Clubman’s All-British Weekend

Alice’s Restaurant sits at the intersection of State Routes 35 and 84, on a ridge above Woodside, California.... Read more »

People & Places—A Joy Ride With A Purpose

At the top of the Beartooth Pass I met David “Shag” Horelica on his ’06 Screamin’ Eagle Harley... Read more »

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Gear

Pirelli Scorpion Trail II Tires

Pirelli Scorpion Trail II Motorcycle Tires Review

Jon Langston

Despite their go-nearly-anywhere capabilities, most adventure bikes are used for commuting, some weekend travel and even touring. Very few contemporary ADV owners ride much off-road—in fact, most are spending the majority of their time on pavement, which can eat through tires like Joey “Jaws” Chestnut attacking a pile of Nathan’s Hot Dogs. First... read story

Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR) DVD and Map Review

Kicking up dust on the Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR). (Photo by Jon Beck) A couple of years ago, with two friends, I completed Route 5 of... Read more »

National Cycle Street Shield EX Review

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... Read more »

Battery Tender Digital Voltage Indicator Review

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

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Rider Magazine Blog

Summer is made for epic rides.

10 Tips to Stay Cool on Hot Motorcycle Rides

Greg Drevenstedt

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 hottest year on record, you need to be prepared to deal with above-average temperatures, especially on multi-day tours where you’ll be riding several hours per day. These tips will help you keep... read story

Born Again Fairings: Giving New Life to Damaged Bodywork

Born Again Fairings’ founder Chuck Frye welds cracked Suzuki GSX-R bodywork. Murphy’s Law tells us that, when you borrow someone else’s motorcycle... Read more »

Blog: Borderlands Boogie

You could have written our ride plan on a cocktail napkin and had room left for a pile of beer nuts: explore the back roads of the Nevada-Utah borderlands.... Read more »

Blog: Shorai Lithium-Iron Battery Follow-up Review

We thought that September would be a good time for desert travel; the weather thought otherwise. Four years after putting a Shorai battery (previous story... Read more »

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Latest News

Summer is made for epic rides.

10 Tips to Stay Cool on Hot Motorcycle Rides

Greg Drevenstedt

Summer is made for epic rides. Warm, sunny weather and long days make summer an ideal time for motorcycling. But with 2015... read story

August 4, 2015

Ride for Kids Motorcyclists Continue Support in Six More Cities

July 31, 2015

Ride for Kids motorcyclists combined to raise more than $90,000 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation when more than 300... Read more »

‘Take it to the Limit’ Exhibit and Sale is August 20-21

July 31, 2015

The classic and iconic motorcycle movie Take it to the Limit is being honored with an exhibit and sale of key photographs... Read more »

Rider Magazine’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year

July 29, 2015

Our 26th Annual Award In the April 2015 issue we listed 60 all-new or significantly changed 2015 model-year motorcycles eligible... Read more »

Victory Unveils the All-Electric Empulse TT

July 29, 2015

The 2016 Empulse TT is the first all-electric addition to the Victory lineup. Building on the innovative design and engineering... Read more »

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