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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

CFMoto 650TK–First Ride

Alan Cathcart

The CFMoto 650TK. (Photography by Stephen Piper) The Chinese motorcycle industry’s long march into the global marketplace with a range of full-size models aimed at Western customers finally got under way four years ago with the parallel-twin CFMoto 650NK. An unashamed reinterpretation of the Kawasaki ER6n, with comparable performance but a 45-percent... read story

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 »

1950 Rumi Turismo 125; Owner: John Goldman, San Francisco, California.

Retrospective: Rumi Turismo 125: 1950-1956

1950 Rumi Turismo 125; Owner: John Goldman, San Francisco, California. (Photography by Isabel Avellan) After... Read more »

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Touring and Rallies

Death Valley: Hitting the Hot Spots on a Honda F6B

Clement Salvadori

Riding in Death Valley. (Photography by the author and Mike Callahan) The valley of death is a fascinating place—at least in my estimation. Having been there more than 40 times since my first visit in 1967, I’ve seen a lot of it. And during each visit I find something new to gawp at. Some people ride or drive through, with quick stops at Badwater... read story

Eastern Kansas: Time Traveling in the Sunflower State

Marais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic Site, or Marsh of the Swans in the original French, is located... Read more »

A Museum Called Motorcyclepedia

This 1936 Indian Traffic Car, outfitted as a beer wagon, features the 42-degree, 45-cubic-inch V-twin... Read more »

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Gear

Kermit Table

A Roundup of Great New Gear Rider Magazine Staffers Have Recently Put to the Test

Rider Magazine Staff

A Roundup of Great New Gear Rider Magazine Staffers Have Recently Put to the Test Aerostich Kanetsu Warm Bib Aerostich Kanetsu Warm Bib $97 A heated vest or jacket provides the most warmth in the least amount of packing space. The Kanetsu Warm Bib takes that idea to the extreme, since it only covers your front torso and neck, and can be packed into... read story

Avon Storm 3D X-M Tires Review

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... Read more »

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 »

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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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Latest News

Some of the riders who participated in the 2014 Vetter Challenge at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. (Photo by Jeff Guciardo/American Motorcyclist Association)

Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge Returns to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

Rider Magazine Staff

Motorcyclists will demonstrate the efficiency and functionality of their machines by competing in the Craig Vetter Fuel Economy... read story

May 27, 2015

BMW’s Concept 101 is a 6-cylinder Bagger

May 26, 2015

BMW Motorrad and Roland Sands Design collaborated to create the Concept 101. The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, an... Read more »

More Than 50 Police Departments Now Ride Electric Motorcycles by Zero

May 26, 2015

Zero Motorcycles says that more than 50 police departments in the USA are using the company’s 100 percent electric motorcycles.... Read more »

Harley-Davidson World Ride is June 27-28

May 21, 2015

Thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders and Harley Owners Group members will be hitting the open road during the Harley-Davidson... Read more »

CFMoto 650TK–First Ride

May 19, 2015

The CFMoto 650TK. (Photography by Stephen Piper) The Chinese motorcycle industry’s long march into the global marketplace... Read more »

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