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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

Life Lessons on the Moonshine Lunch Run

Scott A. Williams

Even now that the property has changed hands, MLR riders are still welcome to camp at Terry Hammond’s farm. (Photos by Carole Helstrom) If you enjoy riding long distances and spending time with other people who enjoy riding long distances, there’s nothing else like the Moonshine Lunch Run (MLR). For many, the ride to southeastern Illinois takes... read story

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 »

Old Roads and Aged Cheese: A Moto-Foodie on the Vermont Cheese Trail

One of the few surviving heritage cheeses is still made in this factory barn that was built in 1882. It’s ... Read more »

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Olympia Moto Sports Blaze Safety Vest

Olympia Moto Sports Blaze Safety Vest Review

Greg Drevenstedt

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 “what’s that?” pause may make them think twice before pulling out in front of you. But what makes hi-viz gear appealing from a safety standpoint makes it unappealing in terms of style. Some... read story

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 »

Racer Dynamic II Motorcycle Gloves Review

Even though crashing when it’s cold is probably going to hurt just as much as when it’s hot, most cold-weather gloves go for bulk over protection.... Read more »

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Rider Magazine Blog

On a Goldwing, Williams Arizona

Blog: Erik’s Last Ride

Paul and Sheila Robino

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 and many others from all over the county were in town for the memorial service for a fallen war veteran. Their group is composed of ex-military veterans or ex-military contractors that support and fight... read story

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 »

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 »

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Latest News

2016 Yamaha TW200

2016 Yamaha Dual-Sports — First Look

Rider Magazine Staff

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

September 2, 2015

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 »

Blog: Erik’s Last Ride

August 31, 2015

While checking into our hotel in Williams, Arizona, after the first day of our 16-day road trip, we started talking to a... Read more »