Gift Ideas for the Motorcyclist on Your List!
Yes folks, it’s that time of year again when even the most mall-phobic amongst us are forced to embark on a quest for thoughtful gifts. The time of year when the combination of winter blahs, crowded stores and societal pressure to provide the perfect Christmas for your family results in you having a complete meltdown in the Costco parking lot because some B#@&H in a GMC Yukon stole your spot, even though you clearly claimed it with your signal light a full 2 seconds before she parked her arse there.
If you’re shopping for a motorcyclist this year, this may take a little bit of the stress off. I’m hoping to provide some sort of guidance to prevent you from roaming around the shopping centres like a zombie on back-alley ritalin. Plus, the gifts I suggest are relatively inexpensive, suitable for a distant relative or even the dreaded workplace “secret Santa”.
If the rider on your list owns a Harley-Davidson, you have it easy. Every Harley dealership carries everything from shower curtains to thong underwear emblazoned with the HD logo. If the person rides another make, the dealerships won’t have as much selection but you can still find gifts such as t-shirts, hats and coffee mugs. If you happen to live in Newfoundland and the person on your list rides a Triumph, Ducati, MV Agusta, Aprilia or any of the many other brands not sold here, well…a more generic gift will have to do…please keep reading.
So you’re not sure of the exact manufacturer, but you know enough to figure out what GENRE of riding they’re interested in. How about a book? Even if they’re not an avid reader, they can display it on their coffee table and pretend that they read it.
FOR THE SPORTBIKE ENTHUSIAST
“This is the perfect book for riders who want to take their street riding skills to a higher level….explains the ins and outs of high-performance street riding….helps riders master the awe-inspiring performance potential of modern motorcycles.” – Chapters.indigo.ca
FOR THE CRUISER RIDER
“This is the high-octane, no-holds-barred, true story of a bad guy turned good who busted open one of the most violent outlaw motorcycle gangs in history…harrowing story offers not only a glimpse into the violent world of the motorcycle outlaw, but a gripping tale of self-sacrifice and human redemption.” – Chapters.indigo.ca
FOR ADVENTURE SEEKERS
“When his…faith in a Christian worldview begins to shift, Kroeker hops on his bike to seek answers from another perspective…he caries on, oscillating through Europe-Germany, Austria, Croatia, Albania-and into the Middle East – Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and, ultimately, Iran.” -Chapters.indigo.ca
Maybe you don’t know much about motorcycles. Not only do you not know the make of the bike, you don’t even know the genre of bike that your giftee rides. No problem. Here are some gifts that almost any rider would be delighted to receive (I say “almost” any rider because as we all know, some people are contrary by nature and impossible to please anyways):
Aside from a handful of expensive electric bikes just making it to the market, motorcycles run on gas. A $20 gas card for Esso, Iriving or Ultramar will provide hours of enjoyment for the rider on your list.
COFFEE SHOP GIFT CERTIFICATES
I’ve been asked “what is with bikers and Tim Horton’s? You guys get a discount or what?” Well no, we don’t. We use coffee shops as a meeting point to set out from, and a place to stop after a ride for a chat about what we experienced along the way: “See buddy in the red Chev? Passed us like we were stopped! What was his problem?!” “Must be in a hurry to get home to spend some money before he gotta go back to work!”
We also stop at coffee shops because we get cold, and hot toddys and motorcycles just don’t mix. A gift certificate for Tim Horton’s, Second Cup or Starbucks won’t go astray.
TECHNICAL FABRIC BASE LAYERS
You probably didn’t think of this as a gift idea for a motorcyclist, but trust me, it is! My running attire does double-duty as a base layer when I’m riding (after I wash it, of course). It’s great to wear under leathers during those three hot summer days we get each year because it wicks sweat away, keeping you cool and dry. It’s also very convenient when touring, because it dries very quickly and folds up small.
When the weather turns colder, long sleeve t-shirts and leggings are a must, and personally I find Under Armour and Helly Hansen to be fantastic quality. That being said, you can probably find similar gear at Wal-Mart and Costco for cheaper.
I’m sure I’ve left out many great gift ideas…what are some great motorcycle-related gifts you’ve received?