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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 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited | 2015 Honda Gold Wing | 2015 Indian Roadmaster

Greg Drevenstedt

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... read story

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 »

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 »

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Touring and Rallies

A Short History of California’s Cuesta Pass on U.S. 101

Clement Salvadori

Here the Padre Trail is approaching Cuesta Pass. I imagine we all have a lot of favorite roads. One of mine is very short. About three miles long, ascending, or descending, a thousand feet along the west side of Cuesta Canyon, just north of San Luis Obispo, California. It’s dirt, one-lane, built in the 1870s and minimally maintained. The alternative... read story

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 »

Retrospective: Lambretta 150 Li Series I, II, III: 1958-1967

Year/Model: 1958 Lambretta Li 150 Series I; Owner: Daniel Schoenewald, Camarillo, California. The Italian... Read more »

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Gear

Cortech Super 2.0 Tank Bag

Cortech Super 2.0 Tank Bag and Tail Bag Review

Arden Kysely

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 sits atop the bike’s steel fuel cell, while a 24-liter tail bag rides pillion. Together, they provide enough hauling capacity for grocery stops or day trips. The bags share a host of design and construction... read story

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 »

BikeMaster Heated Grips Review

I like heated grips but I’m less fond of installing them. Most of the ones I’ve tried are what I call improvisational—the instructions give you a... 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

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... read story

August 31, 2015

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August 31, 2015

Get the latest motorcycle news delivered right to your Inbox twice a month by subscribing to Rider magazine’s FREE Enewsletter.... Read more »

Ron Ayres Rides On

August 28, 2015

Ron Ayres, founder of Ayres Adventures, passed away on August 26, 2015, at his home in Galveston, Texas. Ron had been diagnosed... Read more »

Video: Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

August 20, 2015

Part adventure bike, part sport tourer, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT is the best of both worlds. It’s tall enough for generous... Read more »

Rider Magazine’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year

August 19, 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 »

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