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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 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT—Road Test

Ken Lee

The Versys riding experience focuses on versatility and fun; it’s ready for just about anything the day offers. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Too much Sicilian sun? Kinda sounded like it in Senior Editor Greg Drevenstedt’s sunshine-laden first take on Kawasaki’s heavily revised Versys 650 LT (Rider, April 2015). Following a brief press ride in Italy,... read story

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 »

In a world awash with more motorcycling options than ever before, the M109R proves that a great motor endures.

2015 Suzuki Boulevard M109R—Road Test

In a world awash with more motorcycling options than ever before, the M109R proves that a great motor... Read more »

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Touring and Rallies

Las Vegas Moto Vacation: Beyond the Neon and Slot Machines

The Valley of Fire State Park is about an hour from The Strip in Las Vegas. “The Cabins” were a Civilian Conservation Corps project in the mid 1930s. Did Kawasaki get the color for the new Versys 1000 here?

Las Vegas Moto Vacation: Beyond the Neon and Slot Machines

Steven M. Green

We all know about Las Vegas, either from our own visits or from movies and television; a constant barrage of lights, dinging slot machines, erupting volcanoes, gargantuan fountains, big name shows and sleepless nights. But after the convention is over and your head clears, the Las Vegas area also has some great riding and awesome sights, whether you... read story

Retrospective: Suzuki RG500 Gamma: 1985-1986

Year/Model: 1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma; Owner: Howard Guzeit, Lake Norman, North Carolina. (Photos by Howard... Read more »

Life Lessons on the Moonshine Lunch Run

Even now that the property has changed hands, MLR riders are still welcome to camp at Terry Hammond’s... Read more »

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Dowco Fastrax Backroads Tank Bag

Dowco Fastrax Backroads Tank Bag Review

Arden Kysely

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 things you need to keep at hand. Dowco’s tank bag from its Fastrax brand’s Backroads collection did just that for me on a three-day, 1,600-mile California/Nevada tour aboard our long-term Kawasaki... read story

Power Trip Gauge Mesh and Pivot Motorcycle Jackets Review

Two hundred and sixty bucks is a pretty typical price for a decent textile riding jacket, wouldn’t you say? What if that could buy you two? Joe Rocket’s... Read more »

Dainese D-Explorer Gore-Tex Suit Review

Dainese’s D-Explorer Gore-Tex suit is designed for the demands of adventure/dual-sport riding, where negotiating challenging terrain may require standing... Read more »

Olympia Moto Sports Blaze Safety Vest Review

Wearing hi-viz apparel is a great way to get motorists’ attention. Ultra-bright colors that don’t exist in nature catch their eyes, and that momentary... 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

Those in attendance at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony include: Curt Liles, Geo-Center Motorcycle Training, LLC (light-blue shirt); Gary Martini, American Honda Rider Education Manager (black shirt); Jeff King, Irving Chamber of Commerce (tan suit); Kissena Sheets, Irving Chamber of Commerce (red jacket). Also pictured are various associates of American Honda Motor Co., Geo-Center Motorcycle Training coaches, and the Irving Chamber of Commerce members.

Honda Rider Education Center Reopens in Texas

Rider Magazine Staff

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

October 2, 2015

Zero Motorcycles to Launch 2016 Models at AIMExpo

September 30, 2015

Zero Motorcycles will unveil its 2016 line of electric motorcycles and accessories on October 15-18, 2015, at the American... Read more »

San Diego Ride for Kids Event Raises More Than $35,000

September 24, 2015

More than 330 motorcyclists gathered for children battling brain tumors at the San Diego Ride for Kids event over the weekend.... Read more »

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September 21, 2015

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Can-Am Announces it’s 2016 Spyder Lineup With New F3-T and F3 Limited Models

September 19, 2015

The 2016 Can-Am Spyder F3-S and F3 Limited. Can-Am just announced its 2016 Spyder roadster lineup this fine Friday evening... Read more »