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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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A Few of Our Favorite Things… It’s that time of year again! To assist you in the search for that perfect gift, three of us on the Rider staff each assembled a few of our favorite things to review for this special Holiday Gift Guide. Every one is a much better gift for your favorite rider than a leopard-print Snuggie, ...

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Tales From the Dark Side: Putting Car Tires on Motorcycles

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Republished from June 11, 2012. From the Dark World of Nonconformity They Emerged…On Car Tires. Have you ever found yourself unwittingly in the middle of a heated religious or political debate between two vehemently opposed participants? Not since the dispute over conventional oil vs. synthetic oil have I seen such polarized and passionate opinions in the motorcycle world. The question ...

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Michelin Anakee Wild Tires First Impression

The new Michelin Anakee Wild is a first-of-its-kind radial DOT knobby designed to offer both on- and off-road handling and stability. (Photos: Stephen Gregory)

General wisdom among adventure riders holds that when it comes to tires, you can have off-road grip or you can have on-road stability and decent mileage, but you can’t have all three. Even tires billed as “50/50,” or equally proficient at both on- and off-road scenarios, tend to fall toward one side or the other. So common is the conundrum ...

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Continental TKC 70 Motorcycle Tires Review

Continental TKC 70 Tires

I’ve worn out my fair share of Continental’s popular TKC 80 street-legal knobs over the years, much of the rubber left behind on long pavement runs to the back roads I want to explore. In choosing a tire that would carry me 900 miles from Southern California to ride the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route and bring me home with rubber ...

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Pirelli Scorpion Trail II Motorcycle Tires Review

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Despite their go-nearly-anywhere capabilities, most adventure bikes are used for commuting, some weekend travel and even touring. Very few contemporary ADV owners ride much off-road—in fact, most are spending the majority of their time on pavement, which can eat through tires like Joey “Jaws” Chestnut attacking a pile of Nathan’s Hot Dogs. First introduced about eight years ago at the ...

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Avon Storm 3D X-M Tires Review

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Here at Rider we’re always on the road, often on sport-touring machines. Like you, our goal is to find a tire designed for sport-touring motorcycles that delivers long tread life with great grip, ride comfort and enhanced handling. The Storm 3D X-M tire from Avon is so new that, late last summer, we got one of the first sets off ...

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Kenda 676 RetroActive Tires Review

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Not long ago, options were few and far between when it came to re-skinning your 1970s or ’80s-era motorcycle. With time, more tire manufacturers have begun to provide options to those with older bikes, and it makes sense—there are a great many classics still on the road. Kenda is the latest manufacturer to produce a purpose-built tire in a variety ...

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Michelin Anakee III Dual-Sport Tires Review

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New tires always dress up a bike, and the Michelin Anakee IIIs that I slipped onto my BMW F 800 GS more than 5,500 miles ago were no exception. An upgrade of Michelin’s popular Anakee 2, the IIIs are a 90/10 on-/off-pavement tire designed for big dual-sports and adventure machines. Initial testing on the local twisties showed great traction and ...

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Continental TKC 70 Tires Review

Continental TKC 70 Tires

  If there’s a staple tire among the street-legal knobbies out there for dual-sport and adventure-touring bikes, it’s probably the Continental TKC 80. This square-knobbed stalwart is popular because it’s fairly quiet, reasonably sticky on dry tarmac and safe in the rain, yet digs its big, widely spaced knobs into dirt, gravel and mud as tenaciously as many off-road-only tires. ...

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