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Gift Ideas For Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists are very particular about the gear and accessories they buy for themselves, which makes it extremely difficult to figure out what to gift your rider. Unless you know exactly what he/or she wants (and I do mean exact, you’re going to want a specific part number or the size and color of apparel you’re planning on gifting) you’re going to be playing a guessing game, and that’s not a game you want to lose. I’m sure you’ll want to see your motorcyclist get use out of your thoughtful gift, and not see it sitting in the corner of his closet for months, gathering dust.
Here are a few gift ideas that will surely be useful on his next ride.
Motorcyclists are very particular about the gear and accessories they buy for themselves, which makes it extremely difficult to figure out what to gift your rider. Unless you know exactly what he/or she wants (and I do mean exact, you’re going to want a specific part number or the size and color of apparel you’re planning on gifting) you’re going to be playing a guessing game, and that’s not a game you want to lose. I’m sure you’ll want to see your motorcyclist get use out of your thoughtful gift, and not see it sitting in the corner of his closet for months, gathering dust.
Here are a few gift ideas that will surely be useful on his next ride.

If your rider is new to riding, or looking to improve his overall riding skills and abilities, I highly recommend getting him a book to explain the theory of advanced riding techniques. The number one book I always recommend to people looking for detailed and exact direction is Keith Code’s “A Twist Of The Wrist” volume 1 & 2. At about $15 on Amazon, this is an affordable option. It gives incredible insights into basic theory and advanced riding techniques. If you haven’t heard of Keith Code, look him up. America’s Rider Magazine calls Keith Code "arguably the best known and most successful on-track motorcycle instructor in the world today.” These are amazing books, easy and enjoyable to read.

This brings us to another suggestion which every rider will love, although it is the most expensive by far. Motorcycle Racing Schools. Keith Code founded the California Superbike School in 1980 and has taught numerous Championship Riders. Don’t worry, they don’t just hold classes in CA, you can find classes in Washington, California, Las Vegas, Alabama, Kentucky, Virginia, and New Jersey. His courses range from $440-$680 on your own bike, and from $725-$875 on their bikes. Keep in mind that their bikes are fully loaded 2018 BMW S1000RR’s - that’s a gift in itself! They also offer 2-day or 3-day camps that you can purchase (use of CSS bikes only). The price of a 2-day camp is $2550-$2750, and $3990 for the 3-day camp (3-day camp at Laguna Seca ONLY). Any of these options will be the most amazing gift you could ever give your rider. I guarantee he’ll be talking about this for years.

Let's get our heads out of the sky, and get back down to some realistic and affordable gifts.
For the rider that likes to listen to music and have hands free comms, the Sena 20S or 20S EVO Motorcycle Bluetooth Comms System is a great option. Priced at $219.99 for the 20S and $269.19 for the Evo, you really can't go wrong. The main improvement of the EVO over the 20S is the more powerful integrated antenna which results in enhanced audio clarity.

For the rider that likes to Vlog or just have records of his rides for viewing enjoyment or safety documentation, we suggest some action cameras. I've always loved my GoPro, but most people don’t want to spend $300+ on an action cam unless they’re serious about vlogging. I got mine used at a great price so I couldn’t pass it up. Of course, you are welcome to bargain hunt and scour Ebay for a good deal, then hope its in good condition like I did, or you could just get a bargain cam that will still serve its purpose. As I’ve been looking at a second cam for myself and another for my wife that’s just started riding, I’ve been looking at some cheaper options (you might lose some functions but you can still shoot in 1080p at 30fps and get good quality footage). My first option, right under the $200 mark is the Sena Prism Action Cam (not the Sena Tube cam). Its lightweight has a great low profile and has great functions and reviews. This will serve well as a secondary angle or a rear-view camera. A great option to consolidate camera and comms is the Sena 10C headset and camera. There are several video reviews comparing the 10C to GoPro products and what you gain in the consolidation of gear is totally worth the sacrifice you make in slightly fewer functions in comparison to a GoPro Hero.

At this point, you might be thinking “Hey, I thought we were going to talk about affordable gifts.” You’re absolutely right. Like most people I like to dream big and window shop, a lot, but like some, my taste doesn’t match my budget. Let's get down to gift ideas right around that $100 price point.
One thing a biker should always have in his pack or under his seat is a compact tire repair kit. It’s the one thing you never really think about, but you’ll surely wish you had one when you need it. You can pick up one of these kits, which will provide several tire repairs, for under $50.

If your rider does some long-distance riding, or if he suffers from back pain, I highly recommend getting him some comfort for his ride. There are several decent options out there for seat cushions but most come up short in one way or another. The best cushion I’ve found, and the only one I use for long rides, is the AirHawk seat cushion. There are a few models but the seat cushions are universal. Just measure the motorcycle seat and make sure the cushion you order gives you enough coverage on the seat. I use the AirHawk Cruiser R Large and it perfectly fits my Kawasaki Ninja. The bottom of the cushion is slip-proof and has a seat retention system to ensure that the cushion will stay on the seat even when standing on your pegs at highway speeds. Ask me how I know….

If your rider isn’t wild about having a cushion on his seat and you can splurge on getting a handcrafted leather seat, look no further than Danny Gray out of Southern California. I have a couple friends running these on their Harleys, and the quality is unparalleled. Their standard seat is priced at $328.14 and even though it is an improvement in comfort over OEM seats, don’t expect astronomical results. If you want increased comfort, you must get their IST (independent suspension system) seats. Their IST seats range from $329 - $499.99 and are a huge improvement over OEM seats. Now if you want the absolute premiere of seating comfort, Danny Gray partners with AirHawk to bring a superior leather seat. You can get an AirHawk seat from Danny Gray or you can create your own custom seat and get custom stitching, patterns, materials, color schemes, and comfortable material. The Airhawk seats are pricey but well worth it. The base Airhawk seat is $798.64. If you decide to create a custom seat the price varies depending on the options, but it doesn’t go much higher than the AirHawk seat, so you might as well create your own.

Of course, if none of these gifts speak to you, you could always default with a nice Harley Davidson coffee mug, or some warm triumph socks, and who doesn’t love a Kawasaki Hat in that distinct Kawasaki green. Whatever you do, do it with love & Merry Christmas! 



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