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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 Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC ABS, 2015 BMW S 1000 R, 2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Greg Drevenstedt

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,... read story

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 »

2016 BMW S 1000 XR

2016 BMW S 1000 XR | First Ride Review

Based on the 160-horsepower in-line four from the S 1000 R naked sportbike, the all-new S 1000 XR adventure... Read more »

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Touring and Rallies

Riding Zero Avenue in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland

Photo Credit: Trevor Marc Hughes

The endless straight ribbon of asphalt undulates along the 49th parallel north.

Riding Zero Avenue in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland

Trevor Marc Hughes

I was riding my Kawasaki KLR650 on a cool, sunny March day. Mount Baker, in northern Washington State, was continuing to be elusive. The inactive volcano in all its snowcapped glory presented a great photo opportunity, but just when I cleared another high ridge, the tree line would appear on the right, blocking my view. I kept the faith, knowing I would... read story

The 28th Annual Clubman’s All-British Weekend

Alice’s Restaurant sits at the intersection of State Routes 35 and 84, on a ridge above Woodside, California.... Read more »

People & Places—A Joy Ride With A Purpose

At the top of the Beartooth Pass I met David “Shag” Horelica on his ’06 Screamin’ Eagle Harley... Read more »

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Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR) documentary DVD, by Noren Films.

Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR) DVD and Map Review

Greg Drevenstedt

Kicking up dust on the Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR). (Photo by Jon Beck) A couple of years ago, with two friends, I completed Route 5 of the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route (ORBDR), a 750-mile, north-south mostly off-road route from California to Washington through the central and eastern part of the state. The ORBDR is managed by... read story

National Cycle Street Shield EX Review

A bike like the Honda CB1100 is ready for action right off the showroom floor, but that doesn’t mean it can’t use a few accessories to customize it... Read more »

Battery Tender Digital Voltage Indicator Review

Battery Tender Digital Voltage Indicator Buried deep inside (some much deeper than others) your motorcycle is an invisible countdown clock, otherwise known... Read more »

AltRider Hemisphere Soft Luggage Review

AltRider Hemisphere Soft Luggage Pulling the fuses under the seat is the easiest way to disable the ABS on a Suzuki V-Strom 650XT, but I found out you... Read more »

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Rider Magazine Blog

Born Again Fairings' founder Chuck Frye welds cracked Suzuki GSX-R bodywork.

Born Again Fairings: Giving New Life to Damaged Bodywork

Greg Drevenstedt

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 for a photo shoot, it’s the one bike that will end up on the ground. Such was our fate when my brother, Paul, let us use his 2005 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 as a pack mule during an adventure bike comparison.... read story

Blog: Borderlands Boogie

You could have written our ride plan on a cocktail napkin and had room left for a pile of beer nuts: explore the back roads of the Nevada-Utah borderlands.... Read more »

Blog: Shorai Lithium-Iron Battery Follow-up Review

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... Read more »

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 »

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Latest News

2015 Rider Magazine Motorcycle of the Year

Rider Magazine’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year

Rider Magazine Staff

Our 26th Annual Award In the April 2015 issue we listed 60 all-new or significantly changed 2015 model-year motorcycles eligible... read story

July 29, 2015

Victory Unveils the All-Electric Empulse TT

July 29, 2015

The 2016 Empulse TT is the first all-electric addition to the Victory lineup. Building on the innovative design and engineering... Read more »

Indian Motorcycle Announces its 2016 Lineup

July 29, 2015

The 2016 Indian Motorcycle lineup. Ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicking off next week, Indian... Read more »

AMA Poll Shows Voters Want Federal Ethanol Laws Reformed

July 27, 2015

The American Motorcyclist Association delivered 29,379 signatures to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today, along... Read more »

Video: 2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT

July 27, 2015

The 2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT / S will likely please any sport- or adventure-touring rider who wants an exciting blend... Read more »