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AMA Member Tested


Who better to put gear to the test than some of the most serious motorcyclists around: AMA members? The AMA Member Tested program enlists real AMA members to test and write about the products you want to buy, so you know you're getting the opinion of real riders with real-world expectations.

AMA Member Tested: Street


  • AMA Member Tested: Brooks Leather Road Warrior Jacket

    April 01, 2015

    Brooks Leather started making motorcycle jackets in 1959, and it is obvious they know what they are doing when it comes to the Road Warrior jacket.

  • AMA Member Tested: Garmin VIRB Elite

    April 01, 2015

    There are a lot of action sports cameras on the market today. While we both have lots of experience with another popular brand, we were interested to see how the Garmin VIRB Elite compares.

  • AMA Member Tested: SHOEI GT-Air helmet

    March 01, 2015

    Shoei’s GT-Air helmet lives up to its name. It is fairly light and is both comfortable and balanced.

  • AMA Member Tested: FLY Racing street gear

    March 01, 2015

    Admittedly, there are times I venture out with little more than a helmet for protection. While I appreciate the freedom to choose how much safety gear I wear, my personal attitude is changing, and I’m more inclined to choose more gear rather than less these days.

  • AMA Member Tested: Cardo Scala Rider Q3 Headset

    February 01, 2015

    Cardo Systems’ scala rider Q3 is a full-featured communications tool for motorcyclists. It’s the link that allows you to speak to other riders, connect to your mobile phone, listen to music and more. It’s a powerful piece of technology.

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AMA Member Tested: Dirt


  • AMA Member Tested: SPOT Trace

    June 01, 2015

    SPOT offers a number of products to tell you, and others, where you’ve been, pretty much anywhere in the world, in (almost) real time. This review is about the SPOT Trace, which can send signals to your cell phone and update an online map with its location. The Trace uses GPS technology, making it among the most reliable tracking products available.

  • AMA Member Tested: Knobby Knife

    April 01, 2015

    Hate buying new tires? Hate changing them? It seems like you just mounted that new tire yesterday and the edges are already moving from razor sharp to soft edged, sloppy bumps. How can you ride like a hero with knobs that looks like they’ve gone five rounds with a belt sander?

  • AMA Member Tested: Garmin VIRB Elite Action Camera

    April 01, 2015

    There are a lot of action sports cameras on the market today. While we both have lots of experience with another popular brand, we were interested to see how the Garmin VIRB Elite compares.

  • AMA Member Tested: Vemar VRX-9 Helmet

    February 01, 2015

    After wearing the Vemar VRX-9 Trial Night Vision helmet for a few weeks, I ended up really loving it. And no, it doesn’t help you see at night. What it does is it helps you to be seen by others because it glows in the dark.

  • AMA Member Tested: MotoPumps Mini Pro Inflator

    October 01, 2014

    The MotoPumps Mini Pro Inflator (motopumps.com) is designed to be a compact air compressor that can help you maintain your motorcycle tires on the road.

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Motorcycle Rides, Impressions and Reviews


  • BMW C 600 Sport and C 650 GT scooters

    September 01, 2012

    Recognizing scooters as a vital market, BMW has aggressively tackled the segment with two all-new machines: the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT, but to label the new machines “scooters” seems somewhat inappropriate given their performance and physical presence.

  • 2012 Can-Am Roadster Spyder RS and RT

    April 02, 2012

    When Can-Am introduced the three-wheeled Spyder in 2007, it was met with—and continues to draw—a lot of head scratching from the motorcycle community. However, with five years of retail sales in the books -- during a period of significant contraction in nearly all motorcycle categories -- it’s clear the Spyder concept has some traction. We get the latest by riding the 2012 Spyder Roadster RS and RT.

  • 2012 BMW G 650 GS Sertão

    February 01, 2012

    It stands to reason that with the popularity of BMW’s GS line, the company would introduce a friendlier adventure-styled model for new, beginning or returning riders. To that end—and new for 2012—is the G 650 GS Sertão, a well-appointed, single-cylinder, off-road capable machine with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) standard, with a color scheme of Aura White and Arroyo Blue.

  • Yamaha Super Ténéré adventure bike

    July 01, 2011

    The Yamaha Super Tenere was built from the ground up to devour whatever road surface you care to point it at. No, this is not an “off-road” bike, but it is perfectly happy kicking up roost on those unpaved and unmaintained backroads.

  • From Zero To Now

    July 01, 2011

    It was Zero Motorcycles’ first formal press introduction, and journalists from around the globe had gathered to sample the entire range of 2011 Zero products—from the motocross-intended MX to the new Cross Urban (XU) street commuter.

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