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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

Hercules W2000 and Suzuki RE5—Short History of Wankel-Powered Motorcycles

Scott A. Williams

The rotor in the Hercules is situated laterally (across the frame) whereas on the Suzuki the rotor is positioned longitudinally. Each bike’s single-rotor engine has one spark plug. The RE5’s plug is used in no other engine. (Photos by Scott A. Williams and Ron Schavrien) In March 1972, Cycle Guide suggested it was “inevitable that the Wankel rotary... read story

2015 Star Bolt C-Spec

2015 Star Bolt C-Spec – First Ride Review

The 2015 Star Bolt C-Spec offers café racer style in a cruiser package. photography by Brian J. Nelson Star... Read more »

The active suspension adapts automatically to deliver taut and well-controlled sport riding, plush open-road cruising and compliant comfort over the biggest bumps and deepest potholes we could find.

2015 Aprilia Caponord Rally – First Ride Review

Even with its stronger emphasis on adventure duties, the Rally serves as an excellent street ride, giving... Read more »

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Touring and Rallies

Mototouring Italian Factories Tour

Dexter Ford

Mototouring is the Milano, Italy-based outfit that has been delighting novelty-seeking riders in places like South Africa, Vietnam and all over Europe since 1994. It is the creation of Eligio Arturi, a roguish, rumpled Milanese with a taste for good cigars, aged Grappa, great Italian roads and vintage Italian motorcycles. I meet Eligio, Italian guides... read story

The Borderlands: A Colorful Cruise Through the Northeast

Just rolling along State Route 97, at the Hawks Nest, north of Port Jervis. Like many riders, my favorite... Read more »

Win Dean Travels: Forty-Eight States on a Free 40-Year-Old Four-Piper

Think about your Golden Years. Time to road-test the rocker on the front porch? No way, says Win Dean.... Read more »

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Touratech Desierto 3 Motorcycle Fairing

Touratech Desierto 3 Motorcycle Fairing Review

Arden Kysely

I knew from the get-go that wind protection was not a strong suit of my BMW F 800 GS. Earplugs sufficed while I made busy fitting other aftermarket parts. When I finally looked up from my accessorizing, the screen options had multiplied. Touratech’s Desierto 3 stood out from the crowd as a complete fairing with a two-way adjustable windscreen that... read story

Race Tech G3-S IFP Custom Dual Shocks Review

If you own and ride an older bike, obtaining upgrades for it can be frustrating. A year ago, I had Race Tech rebuild the fork on my 1976 BMW R75/6 (Rider,... Read more »

Nelson-Rigg CL-2020 GPS Tank Bag Review

Just about everyone needs a way to carry a few things––gloves, a sweater, a phone––when they ride more than a few miles. For years, tankbags filled... Read more »

Joe Rocket’s Alter Ego 3.0 All-Weather Riding Suit Review

Two weeks on tour in Italy and 8,000 miles away from home, one hopes to have made the right gear choices. Big temperature variations and the occasional... Read more »

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Rider Magazine Blog

If any one place is a symbol of SoCal riding, it is the Rock Store, nestled on the serpentine Mulholland Highway in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu. On any given weekend, you’ll see hundreds of bikes coming and going, encompassing all types and ages of two-wheeled motordom. This was the first Scout that the riders had seen. If Leah had an order pad, she could have sold a dozen of them that day.

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

Steven M. Green

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 fall colors added to the spectacular riding and scenery. Photos by Remy Frank and Steven M. Green “Dad! I have a surprise for you in the garage,” said my younger daughter. Normally, those words,... read story

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 »

Anna Grechishkina: 2 Years, 5 Continents, 50 Countries

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... Read more »

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 »

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Latest News

2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S

2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S Video

Rider Magazine Staff

After spending more than 250 miles on a 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S while sampling different seats and trying all three peg positions,... read story

March 5, 2015

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

March 3, 2015

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... Read more »

Free Motorcycle Safety Classes Offered in Pennsylvania

March 2, 2015

Great news for riders in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PA MSP) is back and is free to Pennsylvania... Read more »

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March 2, 2015

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2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Special Edition – First Look

March 2, 2015

2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Special Edition Designed by Lino Tonti, one of the most iconic Moto Guzzis of the past is the 1971... Read more »