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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: Indian Chief Police Special: 1940-1945

Clement Salvadori

1945 Indian Chief Police Special; Owner: Steve Smith, Atascadero, California. Wouldn’t the new Indian Motorcycle people just love it if the San Francisco Police Department ordered up some Indian police bikes? Just like it did a mere 70 years ago. Back in 1945, this would have been the pride of the SFPD. World War II was coming to an end and American... read story

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R (Photo by Mark Tuttle)

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure / R — Long-term Review

Chasing the sunset on the 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure. (Photo by Kevin Wing) Photos by Kevin Wing, Rich Cox,... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT – First Ride Review

The all-new 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT combines sportbike performance with adventure-bike comfort and... Read more »

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Touring and Rallies

2014 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

Photo Credit: Greg Drevenstedt

Legendary dirt trackers at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. One on the far right is signed “Scott Parker, 9 championships, 94 wins.”

2014 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

Greg Drevenstedt

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has been headquartered in or near Columbus, Ohio, since the late 1920s, with a leafy green campus in the suburb of Pickerington serving as the AMA’s home since 1998. Riding through the gate and down the winding driveway is like entering a lush city park, all but hidden from the nearby houses, office buildings... read story

New for 2015: Big Bangs for the Buck

The 2015 crop of new bikes is a big one, with lots of all-new or significantly updated models. We’ve... Read more »

The Italian Idyll Tour With Beach’s Motorcycle Adventures

The tree-shaded road is cut into the side of the mountain, approaching a village that has been on the... Read more »

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Gear

Klim Latitude Misano Jacket and Pants

Klim Latitude Misano Jacket and Pants Review

Scott A. Williams

Stopping to fiddle with rain gear or zip-in liners is a hassle. Klim’s Latitude Misano Gore-Tex jacket and pants provide high levels of protection and comfort with the convenience of breathable, waterproof Gore-Tex bonded to the inner surface of the entire outer shell. No rain gear required. Klim (rhymes with “time”) designed both garments with... read story

Kenda 676 RetroActive Tires Review

Kenda K676 RetroActive tires, mounted on a 1974 Kawasaki H2B. Not long ago, options were few and far between when it came to re-skinning your 1970s or... Read more »

Held Camaris/Ravero Motorcycle Suit Review

Held, a 60-year-old German company best known in the U.S. for its high-quality gloves, also makes motorcycle apparel and luggage. One of Held’s most... Read more »

TwistedCore Base Layers Review

TwistedCore Summer Base Layer Compression Shirt I’m a base layers true-believer. For the past several years I have sworn by the benefits of wearing... Read more »

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Rider Magazine Blog

Anna posing with her motorcycle in Sydney, Australia.

Anna Grechishkina: 2 Years, 5 Continents, 50 Countries

Heather Reinhart

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 motorcycling. Her family members didn’t ride. Her friends didn’t ride. But she was somehow drawn to it, and it has now become a way of life. On a whim at the age of 25, Anna decided to get her motorcycle... read story

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 »

The Motorcycle Museum of Iceland

Icelanders like big bikes – such as a modern Triumph, an Ariel Square Four and a Honda CBX. The town of Akureyri, on Iceland’s northern shore,... Read more »

Legends of the Sport Converge on the Pomona Flat Track Finals

Flat Trackers in the Expert Class roll onto the Pomona track. Most avid motorcyclists of a certain age remember fondly the golden era of flat track racing... Read more »

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Latest News

If it’s a rainy day on the Dalton Highway, and you’re covered in mud and still smiling, you must be an Iron Butt rider.

Weekly Wrap-Up: January 30, 2015

Heather Reinhart

This is a regular series that highlights the top Rider magazine stories of the week. 1. Kate Johnston Completes Iron... read story

January 30, 2015

12th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally to Be Held in Colorado

January 30, 2015

The 12th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally will be held in Crested Butte, Colorado, on September 18-20, 2015. The KTM Adventure... Read more »

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January 28, 2015

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

Video: 2015 BMW R 1200 R

January 26, 2015

Rider magazine gives you a close up look at BMW’s versatile R 1200 R Roadster, which for 2015 is powered by the latest... Read more »

Ride For Kids Announces 2015 Schedule

January 25, 2015

Ride For Kids recently announced its 2015 event schedule, which will mark the 32nd year of riding to cure one of the deadliest... Read more »

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