This holiday season, complete yours or someone else’s motorcycle purchase with a few knick-knacks to really make the ride one worth remembering.
It’s no secret: shopping for bikers is just about the hardest task to take on. We all have our little quirks and tricks when it comes to making the ride enjoyable, and they don’t always work for everyone. Some riders prefer leather riding jackets to textile ones, some like full-face helmets while others like open, and some consider saddlebags an unnecessary add-on.
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With so many picky bikers on our hands, choosing the best gift for motorcycle lovers can be overwhelming, to say the least. So when the holidays finally roll around, it might be helpful to have a list of “safe bets” to spoil our motorcycle-loving friends and significant others with.
I have to give credit where it’s due: RevZilla’s most recent list of gifts for motorcycle lovers showcased a few items even I hadn’t thought of (and I’ve received my fair share of biker gifts over the years). Combine these with a few doodads my family has filled my stocking with over the years, and you’ve got yourself some solid holiday gift ideas:
Roadside Tool kit
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First up is the roadside tool kit, which beginners tend to overlook in the midst of purchasing their first motorcycle. Accidents happen, folks, and it’s better to be prepared than to be stranded in the shoulder during rush hour traffic because of a mechanical mishap. Depending on the tool kit you get, there could be anything from cable ties, pliers, safety wire, and even a spark plug gap tool inside. While some kits can get pretty pricey, most shouldn’t exceed $50.
Tirox SnapJack V2
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I’ve been around for a good many years and, regretfully, a SnapJack V2 has never made my holiday wish list. Like a regular jack, it works by lifting your back wheel off the ground, only it’s much smaller and collapsible, so you can take it with you anywhere. It’s incredibly useful when you need to service your bike in a snap. Tirox retails these guys for just shy of $50—not too bad!
Portable Air Compressor
Some riders deem these an unnecessary luxury, but if you travel in large groups or ride long distances, an air compressor will provide some much needed peace of mind. Cycleworld reminds us that tire pressure is “one of the most (if not the most) important variables that you can control on your bike.” A portable air compressor will be your saving grace on the one day you forget to check your tire pressure and consequences ensue. Walmart and Amazon carry these for less than $50!
SPOT Satellite Communication Device
Sure, if you own a smartphone, you’ve probably downloaded apps like ‘Find My Friends’ and ‘Family Locator,’ making your location known to anyone who’s been granted access. But what happens when you don’t have any cell service? Saved by SPOT satellites (the SPOT X, GEN3, and TRACE models) are excellent gifts for loved ones who like to travel to uncharted territory and want to keep their friends and family in the loop. These range between $50 and $250, and require a service subscription to perform properly.
Portable Jump Start Box
A portable jump start box is another surefire gift for motorcycle lovers. Not only can riders use it to jump start their bike (because jumping a motorcycle with a car is typically not a good idea), they can also use it to charge electronics during long rides and cross-country road trips. These typically cost just shy of $100, but the expense is well worth it considering how often you’ll be able to use it.
Touchscreen Motorcycle Gloves
While these may not get worn as much in the warmer months, touchscreen motorcycle gloves offer riders convenient access to their touchscreen devices, including smartphones and infotainment features. I’m not sure about you, but I hate having to remove my gloves every time I want to fiddle around on my phone (when I’m stopped, of course). Help your loved ones keep their fingers toasty this season with a pair of touchscreen biker gloves for no more than $20.
Gift Card to Motorcycle Gear Shop
When you’re down to the wire, clueless, and panicking about what to get a biker this holiday season, a gift card will never steer you wrong. The pros at RevZilla, Harley-Davidson, Cycle Gear, and other gear shops will be more than happy to assist your loved ones in choosing a gadget they can get some great use out of, so don’t sweat it!
What’d you think? Find any good gifts? For motorcycle lovers, keep in mind how much they’ll appreciate the thought. Even the simplest gifts go a long way.
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