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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

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure / R — Long-term Review

Greg Drevenstedt

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 1190 Adventure test bike will be going back, and we sure will miss it. The big, orange beast is actually the third in a series of 1190 Adventures we’ve had in our test fleet continuously... read story

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... Read more »

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,... Read more »

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Touring and Rallies

New for 2015: Big Bangs for the Buck

The 2015 crop of new bikes is a big one, with lots of all-new or significantly updated models. We’ve covered the new stuff from EBR, Harley, Honda, Indian and Victory in previous issues. Here’s a brief overview of what’s coming down the pike from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, Star, Suzuki and Zero. Unless otherwise noted, pricing is TBD. BMW 2015 BMW... read story

The Italian Idyll Tour With Beach’s Motorcycle Adventures

The tree-shaded road is cut into the side of the mountain, approaching a village that has been on the... Read more »

2015 International Motorcycle Touring Companies

Everyone’s going on tour. The market for motorcycle tours abroad has exploded over the last few years,... Read more »

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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 the Camaris jacket and Ravero pants, a touring suit that combines the abrasion resistance and style of leather with the versatility of textile and the weather protection of Gore-Tex. The... read story

TwistedCore Base Layers Review

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

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 I usually ignore its pleas.... Read more »

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 often difficult to find riding... Read more »

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Rider Magazine Blog

Anna posing with her motorcycle in Sydney, Australia.

Anna Grechishkina: 2 Years, 5 Continents, 50 Countries

Heather Reinhart

Kiev, Ukraine—not long before the start of Anna’s world trip in July of 2013. Ten years ago, Ukrainian traveler Anna Grechishkina had no ties to motorcycling. Her family members didn’t ride. Her friends didn’t ride. But she was somehow drawn to it, and it has now become a way of life. On a whim at the age of 25, Anna decided to get her motorcycle... read story

America’s Parade—2014 Veteran’s Day Celebration in New York City

On a beautiful autumn day in Manhattan last month, more than 700 members of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America made their way up Fifth Avenue... Read more »

The Motorcycle Museum of Iceland

Icelanders like big bikes – such as a modern Triumph, an Ariel Square Four and a Honda CBX. The town of Akureyri, on Iceland’s northern shore,... Read more »

Legends of the Sport Converge on the Pomona Flat Track Finals

Flat Trackers in the Expert Class roll onto the Pomona track. Most avid motorcyclists of a certain age remember fondly the golden era of flat track racing... Read more »

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Latest News

2015 BMW R 1200 R

Video: 2015 BMW R 1200 R

Rider Magazine Staff

Rider magazine gives you a close up look at BMW’s versatile R 1200 R Roadster, which for 2015 is powered by the latest... read story

January 26, 2015

Ride For Kids Announces 2015 Schedule

January 25, 2015

Ride For Kids recently announced its 2015 event schedule, which will mark the 32nd year of riding to cure one of the deadliest... Read more »

Weekly Wrap-Up: January 23, 2015

January 23, 2015

This is a regular series that highlights the top Rider magazine stories of the week. 1. Throwback Photo, Rider Staff This... Read more »

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure / R — Long-term Review

January 19, 2015

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

Digital Subscriptions to Rider Now Available for Android and Apple Devices

January 18, 2015

You want it, you got it! The digital version of Rider magazine is now available for your mobile devices—Android or Apple!... Read more »