December 5 2011 by Jason Fogelson
Is it Christmas time again already? Then it must be time to shop for the biker on your list. Lucky for you, there are plenty of cool, affordable gifts that will put a smile on the face of your favorite motorcyclist.
Here are a few cool gift suggestions:
CrampBuster ($10.95): Riding long distances without cruise control can cause a lot of discomfort, especially in your throttle hand and wrist. CrampBuster is a simple, inexpensive solution that requires no tools to install, no electronics to operate and no brain to appreciate. The ABS plastic unit slips over your handgrip so that you can maintain a constant throttle input without keeping your hand closed and wrist bent -- you just press down on the CrampBuster with the heel of your hand. Elegant, inexpensive and priceless.
Ryder Clips ($22.95): There's nothing more annoying than having your pants blow up while you're riding, exposing your mismatched socks and pale, spindly legs. Avoid the embarrassment and potential safety hazard with a set of RyderClips. Available with dozens of cool concho designs to add some flair to their function, RyderClips connect your boots to your pant legs. Why didn't I think of this?
Helmet Lok ($25): Every time I park my Sportster, I have to decide whether to lug my helmet with me, or leave it on the bike where it might get damaged or stolen. A Helmet Lok would solve that dilemma. It's a carabiner that's big enough to fit over 1" handlebars, but small enough to slip in a jacket pocket or hang from a belt loop. And, as the name suggests, Helmet Lok has an integrated combination lock. Simple and brilliant.
Hi-Per Hangers ($30.95 to $72.95): My Harley-Davidson FXRG Leather Jacket weighs about 12 lbs., and I go through coat hangers like crazy. Even a heavy-duty wooden suit hanger gives up the ghost after a few months of keeping my FXRG off the closet floor. Hi-Per Hangers are made from powdercoated aluminum, stainless steel and molded plastic with adjustable shoulders, and are guaranteed to support up to 150 lbs. Available in configurations that will hold a jacket alone, jacket and pants, and even jacket, pants and gloves. Now I have to beef up my closet rod.
Silver Eagle Classic Cooling Vest ($95): It may be the beginning of winter, but it's never too early to think about summer riding season. A cooling vest can make hot weather riding much more comfortable and even safer. The Silver Eagle Classic Cooling Vest has a Cordura shell and a Teflon HT inner liner, sandwiching an inner layer of hydrophillic fibers that retain water. Soak the vest in water for 15 minutes, then wear it underneath your riding jacket and you'll get hours of evaporative cooling comfort. The ultimate cool.
Bohn Adventure Pants ($159): Riding gear is cool, but sometimes it's just not appropriate to walk around in leather pants. If you want to wear your favorite jeans or dress pants while riding, but don't want to sacrifice safety and crash protection, a pair of Bohn Adventure Pants might just be the ticket. These snug-fitting lycra pants come with a set of removable knee, hip, thigh and tailbone armor that will help protect your body in case of an accident, without drawing attention to your attire. Great stealth safety.
Harley-Davidson Gift Card (Any dollar amount from $25 to $500): I love getting a thoughtful gift, but I really love getting a gift card so that I can pick out my own gift. What better gift card for the biker on your list than a Harley-Davidson Gift Card?
Best Western Travel Card: How about an incentive to travel -- that comes with a bonus? From now through December 31,2011, you can get a $10 bonus gift card for every $100 Best Western Travel Card that you buy. Encourage your favorite biker to hit the road -- and stay at a Best Western Hotel!