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2013 BMW F 700 GS and BMW F 800 GS – First Look

2013 BMW F 700 GS and F 800 GS

BMW’s F-series model family includes four motorcycles powered by the company’s 798cc parallel twin engine: F 800 R, F 800 ST, F 650 GS and F 800 GS. When BMW decided to update the two models in its popular GS enduro line, it also looked to clear up some confusion over model names. Despite being powered by the same 798cc ...

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2012 Electric Motorcycles from Brammo and Zero

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(This article was published in the August 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) “Motorcyclists…will welcome a new type of electric motorcycle which is being introduced, and which, it is claimed, will run from 75 to 100 miles on a single battery charge, start instantly on the turn of a switch, and run absolutely without noise.” Thus began a news item in ...

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No-Crash Course Yamaha Champions Riding School

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(This Riding Around article was published in the May 2012 issue.) By Greg Drevenstedt • Photography by Jeremy Henrie I’ve got a confession to make. I crashed several test bikes during my first couple of years at Rider. Sure, I could B.S. you with tired clichés like, “If you don’t crash once in a while, you’re not trying hard enough” ...

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Americade Bound!

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Are you going to Americade this year? I am, and it will be my first time. Americade, billed as the world’s largest touring rally and taking place in Lake George, New York, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. And Rider, which celebrates its 38th, has been involved pretty much from the beginning. Rider has been an opening night sponsor for ...

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Ventura Light-Guards Review

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Popular bolt-on accessories for adventure touring bikes—the  Jeeps of the motorcycling world—include bash plates, engine guards, hand guards and anything else that will protect the bike from damage in the event of a crash, a tip over or a bushwhacking ride through dense bushes. Even if you don’t take your adventure bike off-road, or if you don’t own an adventure ...

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Tour Master Sentinel Rainsuit Jacket and Pants Review

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Much of today’s textile motorcycle touring apparel has some type of waterproof or water-resistant barrier built into it. Either the outer shell has been treated and/or has a water-resistant membrane sealed to the backside of the fabric, or a removable liner is zipped inside. Both strategies work to keep the rider dry, as long as the seams are properly sealed ...

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2012 BMW G 650 GS Sertão Road Test

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Sertão is Portuguese for hinterlands or back country, particularly the arid badlands of northeastern Brazil, the sort of place the new offroad-ready G 650 GS Sertão is designed to explore. From 2000-2010, the rock-hopping variant of BMW’s F 650 GS was called the Dakar, after the legendary rally that ran from Europe to the capital of Senegal, honoring Richard Sainct’s ...

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Saddlemen SaddleGel Comfort Pads Review

Saddlemen SaddleGel Comfort Pads

Few things detract from a motorcycle ride as much as a sore bum. Motorcyclists bemoan the ravages of “monkey butt” as if it were the plague, and you can even buy soothing, friction-reducing Anti Monkey Butt Powder. Saddlemen offers several solutions for the pain in your behind, such as a wide variety of replacement seats for everything from cruisers to ...

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Sidi Jasmine Rain Boots Review

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To get my girlfriend Carrie outfitted for her first European motorcycle tour, in the fall of 2010, one of the most important items on her gear list was a pair of high-quality, waterproof touring boots. They needed to be comfortable to wear on and off the bike, and to have a slender, stylish design instead of the big, chunky boots ...

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Road Heroes: Motorcycle Adventure Travel Tales, Part 1 DVD Review

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A tiny fraction of us will ever summit Everest, rocket into outer space or spend years traveling nonstop around the world. But we’re often mesmerized by the tales of those who complete such endeavors, the personalities of those willing to take on such challenges often as bold and fascinating as their adventures. The growth of the adventure touring segment over ...

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