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Book Review: Mimi and Moto Ride the Alphabet

Three years ago I wrote a review of "The Adventures of Mimi and Moto," a children’s book that follows "blue-eyed Mimi, a female monkey,...

New Titles in Alan Cathcart’s “The Motorcycle Files” E-Book Series

Three genuine icons of Italian motorcycle racing comprise the newest titles in "The Motorcycle Files," the series of e-books written by Alan Cathcart and...

Strider Balance Bike for Kids | Gear Review

As diehard motorcyclists, we all know that the long-term viability of our favorite pastime depends on getting the next generation on two wheels. Getting...

The Complete Book of Moto Guzzi | Book Review

Anyone wanting to know anything and everything about Moto Guzzis, “The Complete Book of Moto Guzzi” is the place to go. Ian Falloon is...

Book Review: “The Whole Story” “Moto Raid” & “Ride On” (Moto Raid II) by Keith Thye

Same author, same trip, two very different books. That’s because Keith Thye took one trip in 1963, the other in 2013. They both begin...

The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions – Book Review

Anyone who enjoys reading about history should appreciate this book, "The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions." Myself, I like going back to the origins of...

Inspire Kids to Ride with “The Adventures of Mimi and Moto” | Book Review

I have fond memories of my mother reading books to my brother and me when we were little tykes. We’d curl up in bed...

Book Review: ‘Indian Motorcycle: America’s First Motorcycle Company’ and ‘The Complete Book of Ducati Motorcycles’

Large coffee-table books dealing with the motorcycle world seem to be all the rage. These are not books dealing with criticisms, but visual histories,...

Book Review: ‘On Grief, Hope and Motorcycles: A Diary’

Nothing is certain, except death and taxes. This oft-quoted truism is still pertinent, but for those of us who are immersed in the world of...

Top 10 Motorcycle Travel and Adventure Books

A motorcycle is like a flying carpet, taking the rider to places all over this planet. And riders are often moved to write about...

Book Review: The Complete Book of Classic and Modern Triumph Motorcycles: 1937-Today

The Complete Book of Classic and Modern Triumph Motorcycles: 1937-Today, by Ian Falloon For anybody wanting to know about post-1936 Triumph motorcycles, this is a...

Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR) DVD and Map Review

A couple of years ago, with two friends, I completed Route 5 of the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route (ORBDR), a 750-mile, north-south mostly off-road...

Motorcycle Industry Council Releases Tire Guide How-To Video

The Motorcycle Industry Council has released a new Tire Guide video, a four-minute instructional video that highlights the importance of selecting the right tires...

Ride Like a Pro DVDs and Book: Review

Since joining the Rider staff in 2008, I’ve attended riding schools on racetracks, on the street and off-road. Every school has taught me valuable...

The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel, 2nd Edition – Book Review

Had I had the benefits of Dale Conyer’s book, The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel, back when I took my first real motorcycle trip,...

Book Review: The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel (Second Edition)

Had I had the benefits of this book back when I took my first real motorcycle trip, I would have been a good deal...

Book Review: Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps, 5th Edition

Winter is coming on. Should great-uncle Arthur (R.I.P.) have left you a bit in his will, you can either hop on a plane and...

Book Review: Motorcycle Journeys Through New England, Fourth Edition

I got back from a ten-day trip to New England and found a copy of Ken Aiken’s book in the mail. Dang! I wish...

How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles (Book Review)

No matter how many times street motorcyclists are told that riding off-road will improve their on-road skills, many of them brush it aside. Street...

Motorcycle: The Definitive Visual History (Book Review)

When the ground-breaking “Art of the Motorcycle” exhibit opened at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, in 1998, I had the good fortune...

Rolling Through the Isles, by Ted Simon – Book Review

Somebody asks Ted that if he had only one more motorcycle trip to do, where would he go? Many of us might think about...

Butler Motorcycle Maps | Gear Review

The first music video ever played on MTV, at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981, was for a song by the Buggles called “Video...

Horizon Unlimited Achievable Dream DVD Series Review

Motorcyclists tend to be dreamers, captivated by the desire to explore new places and have new experiences. Perhaps that’s because our two-wheeled machines, extensions...

Rider Book Review: Motorcycle Journeys Through North America by Dale Coyner

WEBSITE EXCLUSIVE! Simply the creation of this book is impressive!  Dale Coyner decided to take a look-see at nearly all of the United States, and...

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

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...

The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing (Book Review)

Writing about riding isn’t easy. Choosing and stringing together words to describe the visceral experiences and deeply felt passions of motorcycling, not to mention...

Beyond the Border: Riding Solo in Mexico (DVD Review)

My brother, a friend and I have been talking about a trip to Mexico’s Copper Canyon for over a year. We’ve read Copper Canyon...

Washington Backcountry Discovery Route DVD and Map

We the Moto-People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect network of roads less traveled, to enjoy ourselves for mile...

Writers and Riders: Meeting Melissa Holbrook Pierson and John Ryan

In his 1929 short story, Chains, Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy hatched the idea of six degrees of separation, whereby every person on earth could...

The Perfect Vehicle (Book Review)

by Andy Saunders (originally published in the August 1997 issue of Rider) For those among us who have never been able to explain the fascination...

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