Got a motorcyclist or two on your Christmas shopping list? The big day is just a little over a week away, so here are 10 last-minute gift ideas that won’t break the bank. All of them can be purchased online (links are provided) and shipped directly to you or the recipient.
Aerostich Visor Cleaning Kit ($25)
Keep your face shield clean with this kit, which includes a handy 3-by-5-inch Cordura carrying case that contains two leakproof, 0.5 oz. bottles, one filled with windshield cleaner, the other filled with “Protectall” all-purpose cleaner and polish, as well as a microfiber cleaning cloth.
Battery Tender Junior Maintenance Charger ($39.95)
Whether you store your bike during the winter months or ride year-round, this high-efficiency, 0.75-amp maintenance charger is lightweight, compact and fully automatic, and it will keep your motorcycle’s battery fully charged and ready to go.
BikeBandit.com Street Necessities Kit ($32.99)
Perfect for home motorcycle maintenance, this kit includes a 6-inch magnetic bowl (so you won’t lose metal fasteners during a project), a black mechanic’s apron, a pair of 5mm-thick latex gloves, a disposable fast funnel, a chain brush, a package of 8-inch zip ties and a motorcycle TUFF, which is “made of a wind-resistant but breathable material designed to absorb moisture and…can be used as a balaclava, bandana, headband, helmet-liner and much more.”
Clement Salvadori’s “No Thru Road” ($25 paperback, $9.99 Kindle)
Rider contributor and moto-journalist Clement Salvadori has been riding motorcycles since the age of 15 and traveling all of his life, accumulating well over a million miles in the saddle across more than 70 countries on six continents. His latest book is required reading if you’re a fan of his Road Tales column and feature stories in Rider. It covers 30 different trips he has taken, to places like Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, since his first ride through Western Europe in 1957. Salvadori’s adventures are arranged so the reader can open the book to any chapter and dive in. The 416-page book includes photos and illustrations.
Those wishing to have an autographed (generally illegible) copy, hand-wrapped and carried to the post office by the author, send a check for $25 to: Trovatello Press, 8240 Toloso Road, Atascadero CA 93422.
Cycle Gear Freeze-Out Base Layers (on sale for $9.99 and up)
Keep warm on cold days with these thermal base layers, which have a soft, brushed polyester thermal interior and a wind-blocking outer layer. A dizzingly long list of Freeze-Out garments can be mixed and matched to cover everything but your eyes, including one-piece body suits, long-sleeve and short-sleeve pull-over shirts, zipped gilets (long-sleeve shirts with removable sleeves), long johns (pants with stirrups), glove liners, helmet liners, boot liners, knee warmers, elbow warmers, neck wraps, face masks and a balaclava.
Dennis Kirk Gift Card ($5 and up)
Can’t decide? Parts, accessories and apparel distributor Dennis Kirk carries just about every motorcycle-related thing you can think of. They sell eGift Cards that can be sent via email, or plastic Gift Cards that are sent same-day via USPS. They’re available in any increments ranging from $5 to $2,000.
Harbor Freight Tools Gift Card ($10 and up)
With more than 700 stores nationwide, there’s probably a Harbor Freight Tools in your town. They sell tons of tools, accessories, gadgets and miscellany for the DIY mechanic or detailer. Stock up on nitrile gloves, zip-ties and shop towels, or get a good deal on a tool chest, motorcycle ramp or lift, or build your own toolkit to keep in a saddlebag. Harbor Freight is always running specials and discount coupons, so a gift card is probably the way to go.
John Helmer European Beret ($16)
For all you Clement Salvadori fans out there, you can buy a 100% wool, one-size-fits-all beret just like he wears. Available in a variety of colors.
Nelson-Rigg Compact Backpack ($19.95)
When stuffed into its built-in storage pocket, this 30-liter, Tri-Max lightweight nylon backpack fits into the palm of your hand and can be stashed in a jacket pocket, tank bag or saddlebag. It’s large enough to carry a full-face helmet, rain gear, some last-minute groceries, a six-pack or anything else you need to take with you.
ROK Straps Adjustable Stretch Straps ($22)
These are our go-to straps for securing cargo on a bike, which are much stronger and more secure than simple bungee cords. ROK Straps have a stretchable segment that keeps loads from shifting, an adjustable, non-stretch segment that allows them to be tailor fit to each application, quick-release buckles and webbed loops at each end for mounting. Available in various sizes and colors.
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