It is the time of year when most of us begin to think of buying that certain someone in our lives a special item or two. Yes, the Holiday Season is upon us yet again, and you have people to make joyful.
We all know someone who is difficult to buy for, who has everything he or she needs, and for whom a simple knick-knack just won’t do. If their passions run towards motorcycles – and let's be honest, you wouldn’t be here if it didn’t – we have here a list of solutions for you. The gift ideas run from inexpensive and easy to ship stocking stuffers right up through to "I love you!"
Whether it is Christmas, Kwanza or Saturnalia which you will be celebrating, the top 10 gift ideas of 2013 for the sport motorcyclist are right here!
Alpinestars Ageless Classic T-ShirtIt is not just a t-shirt, it is THE t-shirt. Well, the Alpinestars t-shirt, anyway. The Alpinestars Ageless Classic T-Shirt recalls the many such brand marketing shirts that preceded it, but it is cast in a modern cotton, which is softer and heavier than what was available before. The traditional A-Star logo is placed front and center on the chest, and it is of the tag-less kind so that the person who receives this gift can enjoy it in chafe-free comfort. A timeless classic from a manufacturer which every motorcyclist knows and respects, what more could someone want?
Why We Ride DVD
You can’t go wrong with this one. Why We Ride is a documentary which tries to sum up the many reasons people choose to ride motorcycles. It faithfully represents the sport in its most positive light and covers the entire gamut of two-wheeled experiences. From racing to family outings, and from paved circuits to mountain trails, the people who make up the many motorcycling communities explain what makes riding so important and so life-affirming.
Why We Ride stars legendary racers such as Kenny Roberts, Mert Lawwill, Don Emde and Josh Hayes, and moto-luminaries such as Troy Lee, Arlen Ness, Dave Ekins and Ted Simon, among many others. It is available on DVD now, even while it is showing in theatres, and will provide hours of entertainment for anyone who loves to ride.
Sportbike Suspension Tuning Book
Have someone on your list who loves to constantly tinker with a motorcycle in a continual effort to make it "perfect"? This is the book you want to give. "Sportbike Suspension Tuning" is a detailed guide to fine tuning the shocks and forks which support and cushion a motorcycle and rider. Every aspect is covered, from chassis geometry to the myriad suspension types, and it is explained in a clear and concise language which makes learning the 'black art' of perfecting a bike’s handling understandable to anyone.
Adjusting suspension has been considered a specialized skill since the very first form of it was installed on a motorcycle, but the “Sportbike Suspension Tuning” book opens this world to the masses who want to know how to do it for themselves and do it right. What’s more is that this is a gift which will keep on giving; every time its sure to be dog-eared and grease stained pages are referenced, you can guarantee that the person reading it will think of you and say a quiet "Thank you!"
A Twist Of The Wrist 2 DVD
A Twist Of The Wrist 2 is an educational film wrapped up like a documentary. The lessons are explained and then demonstrated for the audience while the two featured students learn and improve their riding. This educational technique helps the viewer see the process from beginning to acquisition of the skill and does so visually for easier comprehension.
The lessons contained in A Twist Of The Wrist 2 are designed to help rider of all skill levels develop better control and confidence so that he or she will enjoy the ride more and thus be able to improve at it without constraints. No matter the experience level of the person on your gift list, this DVD will help them to become a better rider…and far happier, too!
Battery Tender Jr. High Efficiency Battery Charger - 12 Volt
Motorcycle batteries are tiny and since many motorcycles sit idle when weather is uncooperative or other responsibilities intrude on the riding season (which should never, ever happen, but does), they can lose their effectiveness. If the rider on your gift list has to deal with these inconveniences, the Battery Tender Junior High Efficiency Battery Charger will handle caring for that little box of energy for as long as the bike must be off the road.
The Battery Tender Junior is a smart trickle charger which works with almost every motorcycle battery in use today – be it old-school lead acid, flooded or maintenance free. It will keep the battery topped off with juice safely without causing any damage and will even keep an eye on it to be sure it is healthy. A 12 foot cord allows easy placement, numerous protective features make it safe, and a five year warranty guarantees that it will last. Any rider you know will be overjoyed that you thought of their moto-specific needs when you chose the Battery Tender Junior as a gift!
- Automatically switches to float / maintenance voltage after fully charging the battery
- Complete 4-step charging program
- Perfect for all lead-acid, flooded or sealed maintenance free batteries
- Spark proof
S100 Cycle Care Gift Set
Cleaning a motorcycle is a task which many owners dread to do, but which all enjoy once it is completed. Make that easier for the rider on your gift list by getting him or her the S100 Cycle Care Gift Set.
S100's Cycle Care Set includes everything needed to properly wash and dress up a motorcycle. The highly regarded S100 Total Cycle Cleaner, which is the heart of this package, is accompanied by a drying towel, one yellow sponge, the highly effective S100 Corrosion Protectant, the equally good S100 Finish Restorer, and the perfect tool to finish a bike wash, the S100 Detail and Wax. Plus, the entire S100 Cycle Care Gift Set is contained in a convenient plastic carrying case for easy gift wrapping.
Galfer Front/Rear Brake Line Combo
Most motorcycles, even sportbikes, are equipped with rubber brake lines from the factory. Unfortunately, those lines are more susceptible to atmospheric conditions which can lead to brake fade. The best solution to this is to install braided brake lines since they continue to provide predictable feedback no matter the conditions in which they are used. Should the motorcycle owner on your gift list still have those old, inferior stock brake lines, Galfer’s Front/Rear Brake Line Combo will cure that and more.
As linear and progressive braking is integral to safety, the Galfer Brake Line Combo is considered an upgrade to rider’s wellbeing while also being an improvement to motorcycle handling and performance. Installation is easy enough for the home mechanic to complete and can be done quickly and easily. Everything required is included in this kit, but wouldn’t a bottle of brake fluid be the perfect accompaniment to it? Think about it, then buy it and let someone know you care.
- Constructed from stainless steel with a clear PVC coating
- Complete with lines, fittings and banjo bolts
- Easy installation
OGIO No Drag Mach 3 Backpack
Every motorcycle rider needs a way to carry the necessities with him or her on the ride. The common solution is a backpack, but an ordinary bag meant for carrying your History and English textbooks just won’t suffice. For the avid rider on your list, give them the OGIO No Drag Mach 3 Backpack.
It is aerodynamically shaped for motorcycle riding, is weather-resistant, includes pockets for both a laptop and a tablet, has a pocket for a smartphone, a shoe storage pocket, many organizer pockets, padded shoulder straps, an ergonomic and padded back panel, is hydration ready, incorporates reflective elements for increased safety, and much, much more. With a carrying capacity of over 28 liters, it can hold most of what a rider needs and wants to take on the road. Plus, it is designed to last and carries a full lifetime warranty to prove it. For a sportbike rider, OGIO’s No Drag Mach 3 Backpack maybe the perfect luggage solution.
- Aerodynamic molded exterior design
- Weather-resistant molded exterior shell
- Laptop protective compartment fits most 15" laptops
- Hydration ready
Vortex Limited Edition MotoSport Aluminum Front / Rear Stand Combo
Some sportbike riders love to work on their bike constantly, while others desire to attend as many track days as possible, and still others actually race them. Should any of these apply to someone on your gift list, the Vortex Limited Edition MotoSport Aluminum Front / Rear Stand Combo will satisfy their needs completely.
Consisting of two stands – one front fork stand and one rear swingarm stand – this kit will cover both ends of the bike and allow for most common repairs. They are made of a heavy-duty aluminum tubing and are powder-coated, so they will take a beating and still do their job without fail. Being lightweight, they are excellent for carrying along to the track for the days of speed. Each is fully adjustable to suit most modern sportbikes and they use 4-inch wheels for easy maneuvering in tight spaces. The Vortex MotoSport Aluminum Front and Rear Stands are a limited production, so get a set for your favorite rider before they disappear!
- Fat 2" aluminum tubing and extremely lightweight
- Easy-adjust hardware allows adjustment in seconds
- Black powder-coat for durability
- Large easy capture rear V-hook hardware on rear stand
GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition
Is the ultimate motorcycle gift your idea for the rider on your list? If you want that person to love you forever, giving GoPro’s HERO3+ Black Edition camera will do that…and more!
Record a perfect ride, a day at the track, or an adventure to parts unknown – the GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition will do it all, and in the highest definition. The feature list is far too long to cover completely here, but suffice it to say, this is the definitive action camera. It is the most advanced model GoPro has ever produced and it includes the most feature-rich editing software available today. Compared to previous GoPro models, this one has a longer battery life, four times faster Wi-Fi and a higher quality lens – not to mention how much more advanced its image capture and how much faster it is when put side-by-side with the older model. A full catalog of mounts and other accessories are also available to allow the camera to do much more than just record a ride.
While we cannot say for certain that the motorcyclist who receives the GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition from you as a gift will fall in love with you, we can say that it will be the best gift they get in 2013!
- Wearable, most mountable design
- 20% smaller and lighter than previous models
- High-resolution, high-frame rate
- Captures 12MP stills at up to 30 frames per second