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Facebook Prize Winner Tests New Aerostich Suit

Jimmy Pickett poses with his new Aerostich R-3 motorcycle suit, which he won in Rider's 300,000 Facebook Fans Giveaway.

Jimmy Pickett from New York was the winner of our 300,000 Facebook Fans Contest in January. He won an R-3 riding suit from Aerostich and had it custom made in his choice of colors and tailored to fit. This past weekend, Jimmy took his 2014 Honda F6B out of storage and went on his first ride of the 2016 season ...

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Good Vibrations: Hudson Valley Motor Parts Bar Ends Review

Bar Ends from Hudson Valley Motor Parts install in about 10 minutes with a minimum of effort, and since they are offered in model-specific fitments they work seamlessly with stock hand guards. (Photo: Ken Lee)

Hudson Valley Motor Parts offers a solution for riders plagued by excessive handlebar vibrations: accessory bar end weights. These bar ends, which are offered in both model-specific and universal fit options, work by adding extra weight to the bars, helping to quell the buzz. We recently had the opportunity to try a set of HVMP Bar Ends ($90) while on ...

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Motopumps Mini Pro Deluxe Inflator Review

Motopumps Mini Pro Deluxe Inflator

Car drivers have it so easy. Flat tire? No problem, whip out the spare and motor on. As motorcyclists we may enjoy more freedom overall, but in the event of a flat or puncture, self-reliance requires more skill and ingenuity since we can’t carry a spare (unless you ride a Ural!). Assuming you are able to plug or patch a ...

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TomTom Rider 400 GPS Review

TomTom Rider 400 GPS

Smartphones have given dedicated motorcycle GPS devices serious competition. To stay one step ahead, TomTom’s new Rider 400 GPS incorporates smartphone-like functionality with features that motorcyclists will appreciate. The fully waterproof unit has a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen that allows swiping and pinch-to-zoom even when wearing gloves. It has crisp screen resolution and appealing graphics, but when viewed at a glance ...

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Aerostich Zero Below Zero Project


Aerostich and Zero Motorcycles are teaming up for a unique winter project that will give both companies the full Northern Minnesota treatment. A lightly winterized Zero FX electric motorcycle will be left outside overnight, every night, in Duluth, Minnesota, and then left outside at work all day.  No warm sleeping inside nice heated garages. No periodic washes. Just loving abuse. ...

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Wunderlich SaferView Mirrors, Sidestand Foot Enlarger and Highway Pegs


Perhaps you’ve used stick-on blind spot mirrors that sacrifice some mirror real estate for a small, distorted view of the blind spot. SaferView mirrors for BMWs provide a larger field of view with far less distortion. The dual-contour mirror surface expands blind spot coverage with a slightly convex main section and an aspheric outer edge. Now vehicles approaching from behind ...

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SV Racing Parts for Suzuki V-Strom Review


When Suzuki updated the V-Strom 1000 for 2014, many of its long-running limitations were addressed. It got a larger engine with more torque, a lighter, stronger frame, better ergonomics and wind protection, and much more. Major improvements were made to the front suspension and brakes, including a new, fully adjustable 43mm upside-down fork and radial-mount 4-piston opposed front calipers to ...

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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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Storing Your Motorcycle for the Winter


Until global warming makes snow and ice a fond and distant memory, motorcyclists in some parts of the country will still have to put their bikes in storage for the winter. If you’re one of them, here are the most important things to do so your ride will be ready in the spring. Fill the gas tank and add fuel ...

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Bell Qualifier DLX Helmet Review


Retailing for just $109.95, the Qualifier is Bell’s entry-level full-face helmet. With an aerodynamic, lightweight and ventilated polycarbonate shell, removable/washable antibacterial comfort liner, anti-fog/anti-scratch/UV-resistant face shield, super-easy ClickRelease shield removal system, integrated speaker pockets, padded wind collar and 5-year warranty, it’s a lot of lid for the money. Stepping up to the Qualifier DLX ($229.95) tested here adds a communicator ...

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