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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 Star Bolt C-Spec – First Ride Review

Greg Drevenstedt

The 2015 Star Bolt C-Spec offers café racer style in a cruiser package. photography by Brian J. Nelson Star Motorcycles hit a home run in 2014 with its all-new Star Bolt, a minimalist “urban performance bobber” powered by the torquey, 942cc air-cooled V-twin from the V Star 950. With its solo saddle perched just 27.2 inches off the deck and a curb... read story

The active suspension adapts automatically to deliver taut and well-controlled sport riding, plush open-road cruising and compliant comfort over the biggest bumps and deepest potholes we could find.

2015 Aprilia Caponord Rally – First Ride Review

Even with its stronger emphasis on adventure duties, the Rally serves as an excellent street ride, giving... Read more »

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 »

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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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DP Brakes Sintered Brake Pads Review

Ken Lee

DP Brakes Sintered Brake Pads Going fast is fun, but the ability to stop quickly is essential. Because when a bad situation arises, the capacity to brake hard, scrub off speed and come to a safe halt will save your bacon. In a related thought, as motorcycle technology marches onward, it’s the brakes that often stand out most between new bikes and... read story

Bohn CoolAir Armored Pants Review

Americans, even those of generation Baby Boomer, seem to be changing their lifestyles for the better: No smoking, moderating alcohol intake, and…we even... Read more »

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 »

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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

Free Motorcycle Safety Classes Offered in Pennsylvania

Rider Magazine Staff

Great news for riders in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PA MSP) is back and is free to Pennsylvania... read story

March 2, 2015

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March 2, 2015

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2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Special Edition – First Look

March 2, 2015

2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Special Edition Designed by Lino Tonti, one of the most iconic Moto Guzzis of the past is the 1971... Read more »

Winner Named In The ‘Battle Of The Bolts’

March 1, 2015

Bob Weaver Motorsports of North Tonawanda, New York, won First Place for their Bolt Bobber creation. Star Motorcycles created... Read more »

Yamaha Launches Online ‘Meter Simulator’ for YZF-R1 and R1M Models

February 27, 2015

The all-new online Yamaha “Meter Simulator” showcases the electronics and adjustability of the 2015 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M... Read more »