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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: 2016 BMW S 1000 XR vs 2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT S

Greg Drevenstedt

Mano a mano, red vs red, these two pointy-beaked “adventure sports” are powered by retuned superbike engines making a claimed 160 horsepower. (Photography by Kevin Wing) When Ducati introduced the Multistrada 1200 for 2010, it injected a big dose of performance into the utilitarian adventure segment. BMW’s R 1200 GS had long dominated the class,... read story

The Versys riding experience focuses on versatility and fun; it’s ready for just about anything the day offers.

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT—Road Test

The Versys riding experience focuses on versatility and fun; it’s ready for just about anything the... Read more »

2015 KTM 390 Duke

2015 KTM 390 Duke—Road Test

These days a rider looking for an entry-level motorcycle could do a lot worse, particularly in the 250-300cc... Read more »

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Touring and Rallies

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2015

Clement Salvadori

Honda lined up half a dozen Gold Wings to show progress in the last 40 years. In its seven years, the Quail Motorcycle Gathering has never really called itself a Concours d’Elegance, not like many shows where spit and polish is of the essence. The Quail has been much less formal, with the occasional barn-find, straw still in the wheels, sitting next... read story

Pacific Northwest Odyssey: Mountains, Coulees and the Palouse on a Tri-State Ride

Wallowa Lake, dammed naturally by a glacial moraine. Whenever possible, I like to take a longer, more... Read more »

Las Vegas Moto Vacation: Beyond the Neon and Slot Machines

We all know about Las Vegas, either from our own visits or from movies and television; a constant barrage... Read more »

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Cortech Sequoia XC Adventure Suit

Cortech Sequoia XC Adventure Suit Review

Arden Kysely

As the adventure-riding segment grows, so does the variety of clothing to wear while you explore the back-of-beyond, each new product promising to protect adventurers from a wide range of weather and mishaps. Helmet House has joined the fray with its Cortech branded and economically priced Sequoia XC jacket and pants ($349.99 and $164.99, respectively). A... read story

Happy Trails Panniers and Top Box Review

In the 1990 film Crazy People, the late, great Dudley Moore plays an ad executive who, following a nervous breakdown, creates a series of blunt, truthful... Read more »

Prism Action Cam and Handlebar Remote Review

If you watch any action-cam videos on the Internet, you know the 800-pound gorilla is the ubiquitous GoPro. But brisk competition is good for innovation... Read more »

Dowco Fastrax Backroads Tank Bag Review

Aren’t tank bags about the handiest piece of luggage you can put on a bike? They sit there, out of the way but within immediate reach, holding all the... Read more »

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Rider Magazine Blog

A beautiful day on the Cabot Trail, with the Gulf of St. Lawrence off to the left.

35 Bucket-List Motorcycle Rides

Clement Salvadori

Many of us don’t need help figuring out all of the roads we’d like to ride before we high-side off this mortal coil, but just in case you do, here are 35 to start your list, arranged alphabetically by state or country. 1. Arizona The longest stretch of genuine old U.S. 66 is in western Arizona, running 90 lonely miles from Seligman to Kingman... read story

Blog: Erik’s Last Ride

While checking into our hotel in Williams, Arizona, after the first day of our 16-day road trip, we started talking to a guy named Josh. He told us he... Read more »

Blog: The Nature of Parental Fear

Like most motorcyclists, I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach every time I hear of a motorcycle accident. You know the tune—the traffic lady... Read more »

10 Tips to Stay Cool on Hot Motorcycle Rides

Summer is made for epic rides. Warm, sunny weather and long days make summer an ideal time for motorcycling. But with 2015 on pace to surpass 2014 as the... Read more »

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Latest News

For 2016, the Honda CBR500R gets new styling and other refinements.

2016 Honda CBR500R to Make World Debut at AIMExpo

Press Release

For 2016, the Honda CBR500R gets new styling and other refinements. American Honda has a full slate of activities planned... read story

October 8, 2015

BMW Motorrad, Honda and Yamaha Cooperate to Increase Safety of Powered Two-Wheelers

October 7, 2015

Three major motorcycle manufacturers are teaming up to increase safety in powered two-wheelers. BMW Motorrad, Honda Motor... Read more »

Yamaha and Star Motorcycles Announce More 2016 Models

October 7, 2015

2016 Star V Star 1300 Tourer in Raspberry Metallic Following the June announcement of several early-release 2016 Yamaha and... Read more »

Honda Rider Education Center Reopens in Texas

October 2, 2015

Those in attendance at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony include: Curt Liles, Geo-Center Motorcycle Training, LLC (light-blue shirt);... Read more »

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October 2, 2015

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