Make a Motorcyclist Merry: 2020 Holiday Gift Guide
What's the number one way to create a merry motorcyclist this holiday season? Give the gift of all things two wheels from gear, to parts, to experiences to tools and accessories. Being a motorcyclist isn't cheap, so help in the form of gifts is always welcome. But you may be wondering what to get the motorcyclist in your life. This gift guide is here to make life easy--and I have personally vetted all these items and can speak to their quality. From gifts under $25 to gifts over $500, Sportbike Sweetheart has got you covered!
Gifts Under $20
Hard Knocks Moto Mug - $25
A brand by one of my favorite riders, Allan Lane aka Black Moses with the podcast Life in the Fast Lane and Sportbikes Inc Magazine. Right now, Hard Knocks has a 25% off sale. Choose from mugs, tees, hats, accessories and drinkware.
Ear Peace Ear Protection - $24.99
This ear protection is designed specifically for motorcyclists. It protects your ears while still allowing you to hear your motorcycle and helmet comm. It's very comfortable and comes with a carry case.
Book: Motorcycle Porn by Frank J. Bott - $15.69
If you like drooling over sexy, unique bikes then this is the book for you. Frank J. Bott is an amazing motorcycle photographer. His images are stunning and in his book he shares images of a wide range of bikes and the stories behind their owners. I feel honored to have worked with Frank and if you buy it, you'll see my R6.
Blue Ridge Motorcycle Magazine 1-year Subscription - $19.95
If you're a motorcyclist who lives in the Blue Ridge region--or enjoys traveling to the area--you'll love this magazine that features routes to ride and places to visit and stay along with rider profiles and features on events and gear. Right now, save 45% off with their Black Friday special! I serve as editor-at-large for this magazine and I can personally attest that we put a lot of effort into the stories we write.
Gifts Under $50
OneX Performance Socks - $23.95
A poly/cotton blend, these socks wick moisture and provide compression. They're nice and comfy for riding.
Ride Clutch Tees and Tanks - $30
This brand has a great line of motorcycle-inspired apparel for both men and women. I really like their graphics. They have free shipping on orders $100 and up and for every dollar spent, you receive five entries to win cool products...like a motorcycle.
Go Fast Girls Apparel
This brand is wonderful because it‘s so supportive of women riders. And it’s a brand by women for women. They have tanks, tees, hoodies, hats and even cool gear like this winter ear band. https://gofastgirls.com/
Gifts Under $100
Spinning Stickers - $59.99 to $99.99
I have hot pink Spinning Stickers on my bike customized with my name and I love it! I receive a lot of compliments. They have lots of colors and designs to choose from.
Peaceful Tone Jewelry - $55 to $65
I have this bike chain bracelet and I love it. The quality is fantastic. Peaceful Tone offers a variety of different biker-inspired jewelry for both men and women.
OneDesign Tank Grips
These grips are so helpful for sport riders. Before I got them I would slide a bit when trying to lean off the bike. This provides stability.
OneX Baselayer - $79.95
This stretchy undersuit is so comfortable and enables your leather suit to easily slip on and off. It also wicks sweat and keeps you cool. I really like that it’s a zip-up onesie. My base layer tops have a habit of riding up—which this doesn’t do.
Inline Design Graphics Kit - $100 to $150
Let’s be real—vinyl wraps and custom paint jobs are expensive. I wanted a cool color scheme on my bike but on a budget so I chose to get a custom graphics kit. I went with Inline 4 Designs. I haven’t put it on my bike yet so the picture is from a different graphics kit they did. Their customer service was excellent. The design process was quick and they incorporated my feedback. It also was printed and shipped quickly with good communication throughout the process:
Gifts Under $500
Insta360 OneX - $399.95
This 360-degree camera is perfect for filming eye-catching angles while riding. Take advantage of their Black Friday deal - save 40% off. Here's an example of a video made using the Insta360: https://youtu.be/tkXXNefvJVM
Scorpion R1 Air Helmet - $399.95
Scorpion makes a great helmet, and their R1 Air provides top performance. After all, it’s worn by MotoGP and World Superbike racers. It’s super light and has their Air Fit inflation adjustment system for a perfect fit.
Alpinestars Back Protector - $159.95
A back protector is a must when it comes to protection. This one by Alpinestars is comfortable and flexible. I like how it isn’t bulky under my leather suit.
Forma Boots - $299
These boots are super sturdy with great protection. Good luck breaking an ankle or foot in these. The support and performance of these boots are excellent.
Vortex Rear Sets - $335
What I love about these rear sets is that they're adjustable. I was able to sit on the bike and position them so that I'm in the exact spot I need to be. At the track, it really helped with ergonomics and body position.
Feline Race Officiel Boots - 189 Euros
These boots look super cool, right? Well, they're not just for fashion--they're riding boots. The boots have ankle support and protection for riding. It's a French product and website, so the pricing is in Euros.
Gifts Under $1,500
Two Brothers Exhaust - $1,204.89
I didn't realize how big a difference an exhaust system can make in terms of a bike's performance until I installed this exhaust. It smoothed out the power band and made the power more instant providing better acceleration. And it sounds amazing! Combined with an ECU flash, it feels like a brand new bike.
OneX Custom Suit - $1,299
Like the exhaust, I didn't realize how amazing a custom leather suit can be until I had one. One X makes an excellent custom suit. They work with you on the design process--the options are endless. They also provide a list of about 25 different measurements to take with photos that show you how to do it. The result is a suit that fits me perfectly. Because it's made specifically to fit me, it required very little time to break in and is so comfortable. I can now move around freely on the bike because of the great fit. Right now they have a Black Friday special - save 25% off.
Armour Bodies Bodywork - $799.99
For track day addicts and racers, Armour Bodies makes great race bodywork. It's durable and flexible made from fiberglass and kevlar. You can buy individual pieces or an entire kit.
Give the gift of a fun and memorable experience with these gift certificate ideas:
Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort
With 318 exhilarating curves in 11 miles, The Dragon should be on every motorcyclist's bucket list. Since the motel at Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort, located on The Dragon, fills up quickly, book a trip now as a gift.
Track Day Gift Certificate
Check out these track day organizations for gift certificates:
- Sportbike Track Time - https://www.sportbiketracktime.com
- Track Day Winner - https://trackdaywinner.com/
- N2 - https://www.n2td.org/
Want to go on motorcycle adventures in different parts of the country but don't want to trailer your bike? Or want to try out a different kind of bike? Then RiderShare is the solution. It's like Airbnb but with motorcycle rentals.
Yamaha Champions Riding School
The ultimate gift, Yamaha Champions Riding School offers an intensive two-day program with some of the best coaches in the country to make riders safer and faster. It's truly transformational for both beginner riders and expert racers alike. In addition to their two-day school, they also have a one-day program (ChampDay) and a street school.