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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: Amazonas 1600: 1977-1989

Clement Salvadori

Year/Model: 1983 Amazonas Super Esporte 1600; Owner: Doug Wilson, Santa Ynez, California. This motorcycle was a result of economic solutions rather than engineering designs, which may explain its questionable status as one of the worst motorcycles ever built. Amazonas 1600 In the early 1970s, Brazil was getting its economic act together after 25 years... read story

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 »

Seven years in the making, the first production Motus motorcycles began shipping late last year. Right: Fully spec’d MST-R gets more power and uprated suspension, handlebar and brakes. (Photography by Phil Hawkins)

Motus MST & MST-R — First Ride Review

Seven years in the making, the first production Motus motorcycles began shipping late last year. (Photography... 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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Motion Pro Spinner T-Driver & Magnetic Nut Driver Bits Review

Arden Kysely

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 Driver has been at the top of my toolbox the last few months and I’ve reached for it often while working on my bikes. So far it’s been handy for body panels, battery terminals, seat removal…pretty... read story

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 »

Sidi Tour Rain Boots Review

The Sidi Company has been making motorcycle boots since 1970, and has a men’s and women’s range covering everything from motocross to touring, even... Read more »

BMW Pannier Protection by Wunderlich America

BMW Pannier Protection by Wunderlich America If your liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 RT tips over, contact with terra firma gets expensive. The valve covers and... 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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All the gear for a luxury camping experience anywhere in the world will comfortably fit in the panniers and two duffel bags.

Getting Started on Your First Motorcycle Camping Tour

Steven M. Green

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

June 26, 2015

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 »

BMW Concept Path 22

June 25, 2015

BMW’s scrambler-inspired Concept Path 22, with a custom surfboard designed by Mason Dyer. In mid-June, the fourth annual... Read more »

American Motorcyclist Association’s Anti-E15 Petition Gathers Nearly 8,000 Signatures

June 19, 2015

Nearly 8,000 individuals have joined the American Motorcyclist Association to oppose the spread of higher-ethanol blended... Read more »