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10 Last-Minute Gifts Under $50 for Motorcyclists

Clement Salvadori

Got a motorcyclist or two on your Christmas shopping list? The big day is just a little over a week away, so here are 10 last-minute gift ideas that won’t break the bank. All of them can be purchased online (links are provided) and shipped directly to you or the recipient. Aerostich Visor Cleaning Kit ($25) Keep your face shield ...

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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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Gear Review: Riding Jeans Buyer’s Guide

The Bilt Iron Workers Iron jeans' knee armor pockets are small and non-adjustable, so if the armor doesn't sit right where you need it, you're out of luck.

Think wearing regular jeans when you ride is enough to keep you safe in a fall? Think again. Regular denim does very little on its own to protect you from abrasion, and it does nothing at all to protect you from an impact. Motorcycle-specific riding jeans are built especially for riders, with added layers of abrasion-resistant fabric and, in many ...

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Good Gear For Great Rides – Spring 2016 Buyer’s Guide

Good Gear For Great Rides

Vega Stealth Helmet Exotic carbon fiber is now a well-established material for building lightweight, but generally very expensive, motorcycle helmets as well as parts and bodywork. Vega has cracked the price barrier with its F117 Stealth Carbon Fiber helmet, which costs a mere $289.99 in black or $299.99 in graphics and tipped our scales at just 50.5 ounces. The F117 ...

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Plug In, Stay Warm: The Joys of Electric Motorcycle Apparel

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Unless you live where the snow piles up hip-deep in winter, there’s no reason to stop riding when the mercury takes a nosedive. Heated clothing can extend your riding season far into winter, and kickstart it earlier in the spring. There’s no mystery to how it works. When you pass electric current though a wire, the wire heats up. That’s ...

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Moto Guzzi's Radial Brakes

We’ll look back on 2015 as a banner year, with more than 60 all-new or updated motorcycles that cover the gamut in terms of style, price and performance, as well as a wide range of high-quality gear to choose from. With the holidays approaching, now is the perfect time to treat friends, family or yourself with some new-fangled moto kit. ...

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Rainsuits 101: Staying Dry At Speed

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Weather forecasting isn’t an exact science, and you get caught in the rain even during the summer. If you keep riding through the fall and winter, you’ll learn what real rain is. You might have ridden through short showers, but when you get caught in a sudden storm, or ride all day in a cold, steady drizzle, you’ll see how ...

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Throttle Brakes, the Next Best Thing to Cruise Control

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Unless you ride a bike with standard-equipment cruise control, you’ve probably gotten an urgent message from your right wrist at some point during a long trip telling you it’s time to stop and take a break. Throttle brakes are a cheap and easy way to give those aching muscles some relief without stopping. Bear in mind that throttle brakes are ...

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2014 Holiday Gear Guide

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With the 2014 riding season drawing to a close and the holidays approaching, now is the perfect time to take stock of your motorcycle gear and decide what needs to be replaced. Has your favorite riding jacket mysteriously shrunk, or have its seams or zippers blown out? Is your helmet showing its age, or has it been dropped or dinged ...

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