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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: Indian Chief Police Special: 1940-1945

Clement Salvadori

1945 Indian Chief Police Special; Owner: Steve Smith, Atascadero, California. Wouldn’t the new Indian Motorcycle people just love it if the San Francisco Police Department ordered up some Indian police bikes? Just like it did a mere 70 years ago. Back in 1945, this would have been the pride of the SFPD. World War II was coming to an end and American... read story

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R (Photo by Mark Tuttle)

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure / R — Long-term Review

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

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 »

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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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Kenda K676 RetroActive tires, mounted on a 1974 Kawasaki H2B.

Kenda 676 RetroActive Tires Review

Marty Estes

Kenda K676 RetroActive tires, mounted on a 1974 Kawasaki H2B. Not long ago, options were few and far between when it came to re-skinning your 1970s or ’80s-era motorcycle. With time, more tire manufacturers have begun to provide options to those with older bikes, and it makes sense—there are a great many classics still on the road. Kenda is the... read story

Held Camaris/Ravero Motorcycle Suit Review

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... Read more »

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 »

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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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January 28, 2015

Video: 2015 BMW R 1200 R

January 26, 2015

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 more »

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 »