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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 Aprilia Caponord Rally – First Ride Review

Ken Lee

Even with its stronger emphasis on adventure duties, the Rally serves as an excellent street ride, giving up nothing in terms of hard-charging twisty road capabilities or long-range comfort. Aprilia is on the move and seriously courting the long-range crowd, first with the 2015 Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack and now the new Caponord 1200 Rally. Incorporating... read story

The 1290 Super Adventure is more powerful, sophisticated and comfortable than the 1190 Adventure it’s based on.

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure — First Ride Review

The KTM 1290 Super Adventure might be the most powerful and sophisticated adventure bike ever made. It... Read more »

New Motorcycles for 2015

New for 2015: Bombshells and Bargain Blasters

We’ve already devoted more space to new bikes in the last several issues than we have in years, and... Read more »

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Touring and Rallies

Dual-Sporting in Northern California on the Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition

Clement Salvadori

We’re looking down on Usal Beach, six rough miles from Highway 1; most of the beaches along the Lost Coast are made of iron-rich black sand. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Kurt Grife) Adventures are good. They don’t have to be big adventures, like crossing the Sahara Desert or Panama’s Darien Gap, but can be quite small and equally pleasurable.... read story

Meandering Through the Midwest

The rails follow the river. The planning session for the ride had been laughable. We were three old farts,... Read more »

2014 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has been headquartered in or near Columbus, Ohio, since the... Read more »

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Bohn CoolAir Armored Pants

Bohn CoolAir Armored Pants Review

James Parchman

Americans, even those of generation Baby Boomer, seem to be changing their lifestyles for the better: No smoking, moderating alcohol intake, and…we even eat our broccoli. Motorcyclists also seem better at safely suiting up, too. More wear helmets, protective jackets and boots. The one lapse is from the waist down. In any weekend gathering of casual... read story

Dirt-Bagz Ranger Saddlebags Review

A lot of aftermarket companies make saddlebags and panniers for dual-purpose motorcycles. I’m a proponent of simplicity and softness—simple mounting... Read more »

Held Air n Dry Gloves Review

In many of the best riding areas, “summer” doesn’t always mean dry and sunny all of the time. In California, for example, it’s possible to ride... Read more »

HJC IS-MAX II Helmet Review

Flip-up helmets have won me over. I love being able to quickly raise the chinbar—during a roadside stop, at a gas station, wherever—and have a chat... Read more »

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Rider Magazine Blog

Grease Monkey Gorilla Grips

Dual-Purpose Glove Liners

Arden Kysely

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 worst weather. An obvious comfort gap between the two pair gave me pause. I tried to ignore it, and almost threw in a pair of intermediate gloves to fill the breach. Trying to pack light, I froze in... read story

Anna Grechishkina: 2 Years, 5 Continents, 50 Countries

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... Read more »

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 »

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Latest News

Brough Superior SS100

Brough Superior SS100 Nears Production

Phil West

The first Brough Superior SS100 motorcycles are being readied for testing. First Test Bikes Expected in May Reborn Brough... read story

February 26, 2015

AMA Supports Lane-Splitting Legislation in Oregon and Washington

February 25, 2015

The American Motorcyclist Association supports lane-splitting legislation that is under consideration in Oregon and Washington... Read more »

Indian Motorcycle Introduces First 2016 Model, The Indian Chief Dark Horse

February 16, 2015

2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse Indian Motorcycle has announced the newest and edgiest member of the Indian Chief line-up and... Read more »

Digital Subscriptions to Rider Now Available for Android and Apple Devices

February 15, 2015

You want it, you got it! The digital version of Rider magazine is now available for your mobile devices—Android or Apple!... Read more »

Yamaha Introduces 2015 TMAX Scooter

February 13, 2015

2015 Yamaha TMAX Yamaha says its new 2015 TMAX scooter offers more road-going performance than ever in a scooter that handles... Read more »