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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: Motorcycle Stirrups

    July 01, 2014

    Motorcycle Stirrups are what you think they are—stirrups for motorcycles. Used in place of highway pegs, they are intended to ease leg strain on long rides.

  • AMA Member Tested: BILT Trinity Boots, Sedici Gloves

    July 01, 2014

    Living in Tucson, Ariz., where spring temperatures hover around 95 degrees, the BILT Trinity boots for women hold their own. They are all leather and waterproof—really waterproof. After riding through what I can best describe as a monsoon, my feet were still perfectly dry.

  • AMA Member Tested: TwistedCore Compression Gear

    April 01, 2014

    At a glance, the idea behind TwistedCore compression gear seems counterintuitive. Designed for warm-weather riding, the base layers promise to make your ride cooler and more comfortable. “I thought layering was a practice for the cold,” you may think. Please read on.

  • AMA Member Tested: Arai Defiant

    March 01, 2014

    The main things I look for in a helmet are safety, fit, comfort, distinguishing features, looks and price point. Let’s start with safety. The Arai brand already has an established reputation for the safety aspect of design. The Arai Defiant that I received for testing has the emergency cheek pad release system from the RX-Q line that enables medics to slide the helmet off a crashed rider’s head more easily.

  • AMA Member Tested: LandShark Survival Shelter

    February 01, 2014

    As motorcyclists, we can imagine ways we could find ourselves spending an unexpected night on the desert floor or on the side of a mountain. One thing is certain: The difference between an uncomfortable situation and a life-threatening emergency is forethought and preparedness.

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AMA Member Tested: Dirt


  • Member Tested: Factory Connection Suspension Revalve

    June 01, 2014

    Suspension is one of the most overlooked modifications. Riders instead opt for horsepower-chasing mods, which often just highlight poor suspension setup.

  • AMA Member Tested: Rev’It USA Chronos GTX Jacket

    May 01, 2014

    The Chronos GTX textile jacket from Rev’It USA is a good all-around jacket, but it’s particularly well suited for adventure riders who encounter all types of conditions and can benefit from comfort and comprehensive protection.

  • AMA Member Tested: Fly Racing Stingray

    May 01, 2014

    Fly Racing’s Stingray is designed to be a protective roost guard with a built-in hydration system. I have tried multiple brands of protectors, along with various hydration systems, and I’ve discovered that each was lacking in some area. I was eager to see how the Stingray stacked up.

  • AMA Member Tested: Excel TWS-206 Spoke Torque Wrench

    March 01, 2014

    I have been using the Excel TWS-206 spoke torque wrench to build and service motorcycle wheels. It’s a high-quality kit that, in the right hands, can produce professional results.

  • AMA Member Tested: Motion Pro Revolver Throttle Kit

    March 01, 2014

    For decades, dirtbikes have come with different-rate throttles for different applications. Trail bikes would come with a longer-pull “enduro” throttle and motocross bikes would come quick-opening throttles, some going from closed to wide open in just a quarter turn.

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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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