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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: Dowco Guardian WeatherAll Plus Motorcycle Cover

    May 01, 2016

    A quality motorcycle cover is essential for protecting your pride and joy from the elements when you do park outside.

  • AMA Member Tested: GearBrake

    April 01, 2016

    GearBrake is a brake light modulator that functions in two modes. One mode uses an inertia switch. The second mode goes through the vehicle brake light switch.

  • AMA Member Tested: Warm & Safe Heated Jacket

    March 01, 2016

    I’ve been riding for over 30 years, and I have lived in areas where riding with heated clothing was a requirement if you wanted to extend your riding season. When I moved from Northern California to Arizona, I packed my heated gear in storage. That was almost six years ago, and I’ve only used it once when I was riding in Montana at altitude. Come this past December, some of our mornings in Arizona dipped down to 37 degrees, which gave me the opportunity to put Warm & Safe’s Generation 4 Women’s Heated Liner to the test.

  • AMA Member Tested: Curb Ninja App

    February 01, 2016

    The smart phone app, Curb Ninja, lets users search and tag a map of motorcycle parking spots. This may seem ridiculous to some since parking a motorcycle in a suburban or country town is as easy as turning on the faucet. But in the fast-paced urban environment of cities like San Francisco and New York, turning a phone into a divining rod for motorcycle parking is as practical as an umbrella in a downpour.

  • AMA Member Tested: Heat Demon Harley-Davidson Grip Warmer Kit

    January 01, 2016

    When you live north of 40 degrees latitude or at elevation, motorcycle riding is seasonal. We can’t stop snow and ice, but there’s no reason that on a dry day, cold should keep you off the road.

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AMA Member Tested: Dirt


  • AMA Member Tested: Slacker Digital Sag Scale

    May 01, 2016

    Checking the suspension sag on a dirt bike can be an awkward and time-consuming process, especially without assistance.

  • AMA Member Tested: Shoei Hornet X2

    April 01, 2016

    Shoei’s Hornet X2 is a well-thought-out upgrade to the company’s capable Hornet DS. While no helmet is perfect for every head in every application, the Hornet X2’s compromises are few, and it executes the now-familiar adventure helmet motif well.

  • AMA Member Tested: Troy Lee Designs Motocross Gear

    February 01, 2016

    While women are a common site on the starting line at a race today, I find it pretty uncommon to find women’s gear that isn’t pink. While the SE Jersey isn’t specifically designed for women, the Starburst Black/Purple offers the perfect solution for conveying that I’m a girl without using the stereotypical pink.

  • AMA Member Tested: MyLaps Timing Package

    December 01, 2015

    There’s a long list of things that keeps a race promoter up at night. Near the top for most is timing and scoring. In today’s digital age, racers and fans expect instantaneous and accurate race results.

  • AMA Member Tested: Baja No Pinch Tire Tool

    October 01, 2015

    The drywall in my garage isn’t in the best shape. It has nothing to do with the builder’s skill and everything to do with my propensity to pinch tubes—and the damage quotient of an aluminum tire iron that has achieved terminal velocity.

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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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