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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

2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800–First Ride Review

Mark Tuttle

Red and silver are MV Agusta’s traditional livery, and the Turismo Veloce also comes in silver/gray with a red frame. That’s an LED daytime running light surrounding the LED headlight—the low beam comes on automatically at dusk. Photography by Milagro MV Agusta has been making motorcycles in Varese, Italy, on and off since the late 1940s, winning... read story

2015 Ducati Scrambler vs 2015 Triumph Scrambler

Rider Comparo: 2015 Ducati Scrambler vs. Triumph Scrambler

Two Scramblers in name; two different directions in practice. Photography by Kevin Wing Most of the time,... Read more »

The National Cycle Street Shield SX windshield and Cortech Super 2.0 luggage are great add-ons.

2014 Honda CB1100 Deluxe | Long-Term Rides

The 2014 Honda CB1100 Deluxe has more fuel capacity, a 6-speed transmission and Combined ABS. At the... Read more »

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Touring and Rallies

A Museum Called Motorcyclepedia

Scott A. Williams

This 1936 Indian Traffic Car, outfitted as a beer wagon, features the 42-degree, 45-cubic-inch V-twin of the Scout and two-wheel drive. Motorcycles grabbed my attention from a young age, and since I grew up near Springfield, Massachusetts, the original home of Indian Motocycles (no “r”), I’ve seen my share of vintage Indians. But the best collection... read story

Mountains, Oceans and Back Roads in California, Oregon and Washington

(Photos by Clement Salvadori) “Less than half a mile after you go over the old swing bridge, the first... Read more »

Hodaka Days 2014: Keep On Hodakin

In a modern day’s twist on the “Old Testament” plagues of ancient Egypt, the tiny Oregon town of... Read more »

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Gear

Avon Storm 3D X-M, Front.

Avon Storm 3D X-M Tires Review

Bill Stermer

Here at Rider we’re always on the road, often on sport-touring machines. Like you, our goal is to find a tire designed for sport-touring motorcycles that delivers long tread life with great grip, ride comfort and enhanced handling. The Storm 3D X-M tire from Avon is so new that, late last summer, we got one of the first sets off the boat from England... read story

KTM HQ Adventure Suit Review

Nearly every motorcycle manufacturer offers its own line of branded riding apparel, and KTM is no exception. Like its motorcycle lineup, the Austrian company’s... Read more »

Fly Racing Ignitor Gloves Review

Winter is just another riding season here in Oregon, thanks mainly to snow-free weather and heated riding gear. But although I love heated gear, I’m... Read more »

Aerostich Transit 2 Suit Review

Aerostich Transit 2 Suit Back in 2008, Aerostich released the first-generation Transit suit, made of Gore-Tex Pro Shell leather—top-grain leather fused... Read more »

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Rider Magazine Blog

What Would Jesus Ride? Tod Rafferty

Where Would Jesus Ride?

Tod Rafferty

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 question of what Jesus would ride will obviously never be answered to everyone’s satisfaction. The faithful of all brands would welcome the common bond with the Savior, and who wouldn’t... read story

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 »

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 »

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Latest News

100,000th Can-Am Spyder

BRP Delivers 100,000th Can-Am Spyder

Press Release

Marc R. Lacroix (left) from BRP presents the 100,000th Can-Am Spyder to owner Brahm Wilson and his wife Rachel. They are... read story

May 4, 2015

21st Annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Underway

May 4, 2015

The 21st Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America started Saturday, May 2, in Santa Cruz, California. Nearly 200... Read more »

AMA Get Women Riding Campaign Launches

May 4, 2015

The American Motorcyclist Association is launching the AMA Get Women Riding campaign to promote motorcycling to women and... Read more »

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May 4, 2015

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Over $200K Raised in a Weekend Through Ride for Kids Events

April 27, 2015

Motorcyclists who attended the Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Houston, Texas, Ride for Kids events over the weekend raised... Read more »

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