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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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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 Modular Helmets Buyers Guide

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More and more riders appreciate the benefits of full-face helmets, not just for the comprehensive crash protection they provide, but also for the additional wind and weather protection afforded by the fully encircling shell and face shield. But wearing a regular full-face lid has its disadvantages. If you wish to converse easily with your buddies at brief stops or have ...

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2013 Hi-Visibility Buyers Guide

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No matter what time of year, it’s tough for motorcyclists to stand out in traffic. As winter closes in, daylight hours diminish and overcast skies become common, it’s even harder to be seen. Hi-viz apparel and riding gear is the first line of defense against careless and inattentive drivers, and it does a great job of making bikes and their ...

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2013 Buyers Guide: Riding Pants & Overpants

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Blue jeans may be American motorcyclists’ riding pants of choice, but have you ever seen what happens to a pair of jeans when they hit the pavement at about 45 mph? Trust me, it’s not pretty. Nor are the bumps, scrapes and bruises that the rider experiences pretty either. Most riders will wear a helmet to protect their heads, gloves ...

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2013 Buyers Guide: Touring and Sport-Touring Tires

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Tires seem to be a pretty simple proposition. They’re round and they’re black. All we ask of them is that that they grip well, last a decent number of miles and don’t cost too much. However, beneath this rather bland exterior lies a tremendous amount of technology born of relentless research. To understand them, one must recognize the series of ...

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Motorcycle Windshield Buyers Guide

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We like to fantasize that motorcycling is all about the wind in your hair and your knees in the breeze, but when you come right down to it, there can be too much of a good thing. Like the wind…pushing against you at 60-70 mph for hour after relentless hour…in the cold…in the rain. To counteract this, a windshield will ...

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High-Tech Bags: Motorcycle Luggage Buyers Guide

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Some years ago, as part of the seminars I conducted at motorcycle rallies, I described how it was possible to carry many useful items on tour in a small bag affixed to your bike’s fuel tank. There would be a map displayed right there under your snoot in the convenient map pouch, and inside the tankbag was a little bottle ...

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Buyers Guide: Touring and Sport-Touring Boots

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Each type of motorcycle—sportbikes, dual-sports, cruisers, naked bikes, tourers and sport tourers—is designed to perform a series of specific tasks, and each is finely honed to that use. Likewise, the gear we wear needs to be as finely honed to the specific task as our motorcycles. With that said, what makes for a good touring or sport-touring boot? Define these ...

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