Guest Author - Nancy Brotherton
Buying your perfect biker a perfect gift can be challenging. I have listed some ideas below with a varied price range to help your holiday season be less stressful.
GIFT IDEAS UNDER $50
Club or brand patches, pins, insignia, bandanas: $7 to $30 ea. These are sure to please and are great stocking stuffers. You can find these at your local dealership and eBay.
Custom embroidered t-shirts: This site provides custom embroidered motorcycle t-shirts with the motorcycling saying of your choice and your style of motorcycle embroidered on the front of the t-shirt. They come in a variety of colors to choose from and long and short sleeve. I ordered some for all my friends and not only were they "high quality" and unique, but they were inexpensive. My saying was, "Real Women Ride Motorcycles". You can visit Ed and Karen Novakowski’s site and see what they have to offer by clicking Clothing-Decorative below and then Charismacolor. Prices range per order from $15 to $30 per t-shirt and have a very short lead time.
Motorcycle Cup Holder: The Kruzer Kaddy is a stainless steel accessory/beverage holder with an insulated liner that is quickly detachable from the chrome-plated mounting hardware. It can be used for holding cell phones, sunglasses, radios, 16 oz. to 20 oz. bottles, 12 oz. cans, etc. The all-metal construction is not only durable, but is also attractive so as to not distract from the look of one's motorcycle. Prices start at $36 ea. The Kruzer Kaddy comes in stainless, black, and leather. I have one and these are great. You can find out where to get the Kruzer Kaddy by clicking on motorcycle accessories below and then Kruzer Kaddy.
GIFT IDEAS OVER $50
Soft Saddlebags: Storage space is always a great gift to give your biker. The prices range from $100 to $200 for a good set of soft saddlebags. Nylon or cordura bags are especially durable, lightweight, and weather resistant. You can check out the saddlebag offerings by clicking on motorcycle accessories below and then shop for saddlebags or just an extra storage bag over the passenger seat bag.
Motorcycle Safety Course: A certificate for a Motorcycle Safety Course from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation or a dealer. The Basic Rider Course is for riders new to riding, riders who want to find out if it is for them, or riders that haven't ridden for a very long time. The Experienced Rider Course is for riders who already know how to ride but want to polish their skills or learn how to do figure eights on their own motorcycles. Most dealers have equivalent courses at their dealerships or can tell you where to go to get the training. This gift shows you really care because it equips your rider with street survival skills.
Heated Gear: For the ultimate in a luxury gift that gives your rider extended riding time and comfort on the road, buy them some heated gear. Heated gear comes in vests, jacket liners, gloves, socks, and pants. The prices vary depending on the brand and if you buy plug-ins or battery operated. You can check out the brands of heated gear and prices by clicking on heated gear below. Stay plugged in for my next article that will describe the styles and brands of heated gear.
GPS: A hot new item for motorcycles is the Global Positioning System. These systems show the biker where he is at all times and how to get where they want to go. A GPS takes a bit of the mystery out of touring but it is still a great gadget. These systems have varied price ranges from $199 and up depending on what style you get and mounting equipment. To see more about GPS equipment, click on Motorcycle Accessories below.
Gift Certificate: If you can't decide, you can always go to your biker's favorite dealership, custom, repair, or paint shop and purchase a gift certificate. You name the price, the service or product. Winter is always a good time to get the bike serviced or better yet a complete new look with a custom paint job or custom leather seats.
Priceless: If you are on a tight budget and money is in short supply, you can always rent a biker movie such as "The Wild Ones", "Easy Rider", "Ghost Rider" or "Wild Hogs", and dress up in your favorite riding chaps and vest, make some popcorn and settle down for a peaceful night in.
If you are handy and can sew, making a quilt of favorite t-shirts or bandanas will be a treasured keep sake. You can find instructions on bellaonline.com in their sewing section.
Until next week, ride safe and warm.