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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

Retrospective: Honda CL175 Scrambler: 1968-1973

Clement Salvadori

Year/Model: 1970 Honda CL175K4 Scrambler, Owner: Bob Duncan, Atascadero, California. There certainly were lots of variations of Honda’s 175 twin over its six years on the market, from Super Sport to Motosport, with the Scrambler sitting right in the middle. All part of Honda’s marketing wisdom—offering roughly the same bike in a variety of styles,... read story

Year/Model: 1983 Amazonas Super Esporte 1600; Owner: Doug Wilson, Santa Ynez, California.

Retrospective: Amazonas 1600: 1977-1989

Year/Model: 1983 Amazonas Super Esporte 1600; Owner: Doug Wilson, Santa Ynez, California. This motorcycle... Read more »

The CFMoto 650TK. (Photography by Stephen Piper)

CFMoto 650TK–First Ride

The CFMoto 650TK. (Photography by Stephen Piper) The Chinese motorcycle industry’s long march into... Read more »

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Touring and Rallies

Motorcycle Riding in Wisconsin’s Door County

Wisconsin’s autumn is a Technicolor treat in hi-def.

Motorcycle Riding in Wisconsin’s Door County

Paul Garson

The first slice of this three-day tour began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where five intrepid motojournalists landed on a Thursday afternoon at the city’s General Mitchell International Airport. We’d be cruisin’ through the Land of WI, a state known for the Green Bay Packers, as the corporate home of Harley-Davidson and, of course, for its famous... read story

Rider’s Annual Touring Events Calendar 2015

What could be more fun than saddling up your bike, hitting the road, and joining a few thousand of your... Read more »

Savoring Summer Along California Route 1

A good bike. Good company. And a good cappuccino. It doesn’t get much better than this. (Photography... Read more »

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Gear

Sena 20S Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication System

Sena 20S Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication System Review

Scott A. Williams

I’ve been disappointed by the sound quality of wireless, in-helmet communication systems. Sena’s 20S Motorcycle Bluetooth (4.0) Communication System has the best sound quality I’ve found in a wireless comm system, plus sophisticated features. You can make hands-free calls from your iPhone or Android phone, listen to stereo music, share music with... read story

Nolan N104 EVO Modular Helmet Review

The words revolution and evolution only differ by the letter r, which could very well stand for rate, as in rate of change. Revolution is usually rapid... Read more »

Motion Pro Spinner T-Handle & Magnetic Nut Driver Bits Review

Anyone that’s used a T-handle driver knows how versatile they are. Motion Pro’s spinning handle makes them handier yet. Their Spinner T-Handle Bit... Read more »

Olympia Moto Sports Horizon Rain Jacket and Pants Review

Riding in the rain is either one of the great joys of motorcycling or one of its biggest hassles. Either way you look at it, you need a good rainproof... Read more »

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Rider Magazine Blog

We thought that September would be a good time for desert travel; the weather thought otherwise.

Blog: Shorai Lithium-Iron Battery Follow-up Review

Arden Kysely

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 here) into my BMW F 800 GS, I was on a dirt road in eastern Nevada with a bike that wouldn’t start. No, it wasn’t the battery. Instead, the Shorai cell in my bike was a hero for helping keep the... read story

Where Would Jesus Ride?

While it might be argued that Jesus, given His issues with the Italians, would not ride a Moto Guzzi, few would challenge the right to His ride of choice. The... Read more »

From Generation to Generation: The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

Having an option to borrow a pair of new Indians for some test riding, Leah and I rode up the legendary State Route 33 north of Oaji, California, as the... Read more »

Dual-Purpose Glove Liners

Packing for a tour a couple years back, I tossed in my Elkskin Ropers from RiderWearhouse for normal temps and the warm, waterproof Macna Borax for the... Read more »

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June 30, 2015

Highway Runaways Ride with Lana MacNaughton Kicks off July 3

June 30, 2015

Renowned photographer and motorcyclist Lana MacNaughton is leading four of her female friends on a cross country Harley-Davidson... Read more »

Getting Started on Your First Motorcycle Camping Tour

June 26, 2015

Living in Michigan in my youth, I once took a multi-day motorcycle camping tour on a Honda CB750, traveling into Canada and... Read more »

Motorcycle Camping Checklist

June 26, 2015

Use this as a baseline to get started. Add or remove items to suit. Once you’ve camped a few times, add your location on... Read more »

Indian Motocycle Day is Sunday at the Springfield Museums

June 25, 2015

The Springfield Museums in Massachusetts will present their sixth annual Indian Motocycle Day on Sunday, June 29, from 9... Read more »

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