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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 BMW R 1200 R & 2016 R 1200 RS—Road Test

Mark Tuttle

Completely restyled around BMW’s liquid-cooled 1,170cc boxer engine, the R 1200 R is pretty to look at, comfortable and performs like a naked sportbike. (Photos by Kevin Wing) The first motorcycle to be badged as a BMW was the R32, a stylish black beauty with white pinstriping that produced all of 8.5 horsepower from its 494cc flat-opposed twin-cylinder... read story

2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS | First Ride Review

Kawasaki’s new-to-the-U.S. Z800 ABS is powered by a liquid-cooled 806cc in-line four that delivers... Read more »

Mano a mano, red vs red, these two pointy-beaked “adventure sports” are powered by retuned superbike engines making a claimed 160 horsepower.

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

Mano a mano, red vs red, these two pointy-beaked “adventure sports” are powered by retuned superbike... Read more »

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Touring and Rallies

2015 Overland Expo West

Tim Kessel

Motorcycle campers brave the elements to experience the Overland Expo West. There is something that draws me to the Overland Expo West year after year. The three-day event, now held annually near Flagstaff, Arizona, is a showcase of the most rugged and extreme overland machines and gear in the world. But it’s more than a metallic meat market—it... read story

Meandering the Texas Hill Country

What better synonyms are there for riding than “motorcycles” and “Texas”? No matter your type... Read more »

Tour Review: Leod Motorcycle Escapes’ Mugello & Italian Backroads

The ancient city of Orvieto sits atop a butte of volcanic tuff, overlooking lush vineyards. (Photos by... Read more »

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MFW Vario Adjustable Footpegs

MFW Vario Adjustable Footpegs Review

Jerry Smith

MFW Vario Adjustable Footpegs Finding a motorcycle with ergonomics that suit you shouldn’t be a matter of going from showroom to showroom sitting on different bikes until you find one that’s comfortable. But that’s how it works out sometimes, forcing you to pass up a bike you otherwise like because the seating position hurts your knees or back... read story

BMW Rallye Motorcycle Suit Review

BMW strives to maintain its premium image as a motorcycle brand, which carries over to its apparel. We’ve tested all sorts of BMW-branded jackets, pants,... Read more »

Bell Qualifier DLX Helmet Review

Retailing for just $109.95, the Qualifier is Bell’s entry-level full-face helmet. With an aerodynamic, lightweight and ventilated polycarbonate shell,... Read more »

Dustriders Motorcycle Hoist Review

Dustriders Motorcycle Hoist Like most motorcycles, big adventure bikes are fine when they’re moving. But when a two-story-high, luggage-equipped moto-camel... Read more »

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20 Most Essential Things You Need on a Motorcycle Tour

Greg Drevenstedt

Free spirits throw caution to the wind and hope everything works out. City slickers think their smartphone and a credit card will bail them out of whatever trouble may arise. But smart motorcycle travelers, those who have logged enough miles to know that anything can go wrong, know that common-sense preparation goes a long way toward keeping you on... read story

35 Bucket-List Motorcycle Rides

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... Read more »

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 »

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New Research Shows Strider Bikes Help Children with Autism

Rider Magazine Staff

New research by Dr. Andrew Shim, Chair of Briar Cliff University’s Kinesiology and Human Performance Department, confirms... read story

November 25, 2015

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Ducati Rolls Out 9 More New Bikes for 2016

November 24, 2015

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro There have been a lot of late, espresso-fueled nights in Borgo Panigale. In addition... Read more »

2017 Suzuki SV650 | First Look Review

November 19, 2015

The early-release 2017 Suzuki SV650 gets more power, less weight, an updated chassis and more. The original Suzuki SV650,... Read more »

2016 Indian Scout Sixty | First Look Review

November 19, 2015

2016 Indian Scout Sixty in Indian Motorcycle Red Since its acquisition by Polaris Industries, Indian Motorcycle has steadily... Read more »