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2012 Holiday Gift Guide
Cool gifts for the riders in your life
Your motorcycle-riding friends probably aren’t interested in a new necktie. If they’re like us, they’ll appreciate something moto-centric like the items listed below ranging in value from pricey to free! We’ve picked out a few of the things we’d like to see under our tree, including a few from our sponsor Harley-Davidson which has a special offer for the holidays.
Shoppers who make a qualifying $300 purchase at a participating H-D dealership before December 24, 2012 will receive a Harley-Davidson Museum membership and a Limited Edition 110th Anniversary Tin. Inside each tin is a collectible dog tag and keychain, a welcome letter from Bill Davidson and a guide to the H-D Museum. The H-D Museum membership includes V.I.P. benefits, a members-only newsletter and access to exclusive members-only content on its website. This special offer has a $75 value and is only valid at participating dealerships.
Coolest Christmas stocking ever! KTM and Alpinestars teamed up to create this moto-specific sock to hang above your fireplace. List or no list, Santa should have no problem deciphering what you really want for being such a delightful motorcyclist all year long. A full-size motorcycle may not fit, but the 17-inch-tall stocking will hold enough greenbacks for you to purchase a new bike or at least be filled with some motorcycle accessories to make your 2013 riding season better. At only $19.99 from your KTM dealer, it's a great low-cost gift for the moto-heads in your life.
Skull Magnetic Bottle Opener
Not many things are as rewarding after a long day in the saddle as a cold brew with friends. Why not crack open those beers in style with this Skull magnetic bottle opener? The sandblasted chrome skull features a stainless-steel-like finish that is both tarnish- and chip-resistant. An extra strong magnetic back will make sure this conversation piece will stay firm against your fridge bottle after bottle. It measures 5" x 3" x 1 1/2" and retails for $40 from the Harley-Davidson catalog. Click here for more information.
GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition
Unless you've been living under a rock, virtually everyone is familiar with the GoPro camera. It has become the de facto video camera used to capture everything under the "action sports" umbrella. Now GoPro has released its latest version, the Hero3, claimed to be 30% smaller, 25% lighter and twice as powerful. Specs? Try 1440p-48fps, 1080p-60fps or 720p-120fps video modes. Taking pics instead? The Hero3 shoots 12MP quality at 30 shots per second. This, the Black Edition, features built-in Wi-Fi, remote control and the GoPro App to use your iPhone or iPad as a viewscreen. You live an action-packed life, so pony up the $399.99 to capture it all with the Hero3 Black Edition.
Kawasaki Tire Ear Muffs
Kids like motorcycles, too! These Kawasaki Tire Ear Muffs are the perfect thing to pack when you bring the little ones to a supercross race or any other loud event. They’re so cool that your kids won’t care they’re also protecting their hearing! The rubberized off-road tires attached to each side of the headband are fun to wear and let your child enjoy the races while their ears are protected. Not intended for industrial use, they’re available from your local Kawasaki dealer for $22.95. Or check them out online here.
Pre-Luxe Graphic Tin Sign
"Get top performance out of your power-plant with an oil refined specially for high-speed, air-cooled motorcycle engines," claims a Harley-Davidson Pre-Luxe advertisement from a bygone era. If you remember buying a quart of the stuff or simply dig old-timey motorcycle paraphernalia, the Pre-Luxe printed metal sign from H-D's merchandise department should be adorning a wall inside your man cave. Made in the U.S.A., the sign measures 11.5 inches by 13 inches and at $20, it carries a near-vintage price tag. Already have one? Good on ya, now buy one for your riding buddy. Check it out online here.
Garmin zumo 350LM
Using an automotive GPS on a motorcycle is like wearing a football helmet while riding. The rugged and waterproof – and motorcycle-specific – zumo 350LM has a sunlight-readable 4.3" touchscreen display with a glove-friendly interface. Hear turn-by-turn directions through your Bluetooth-enabled helmet or headset. Other features great for riders include its Service History Log that lets you record maintenance with dates and mileage; BaseCamp creates and transfers routes and waypoints from your computer to your zumo; Exit Services show you parks, gas stations, shops, and restaurants at upcoming exits; and TracBack lets you follow the road where it takes you, then automatically retraces your route. Its $699.99 retail price includes a motorcycle mount and a car mount, just in case. Learn more about the Garmin zumo 350LM here.
Bathroom Book of Motorcycle Trivia
Author (and erstwhile MO contributor) Mark Gardiner wants you to get rid of your stack of old motorcycle magazines next to your “throne” and replace them his new, 244-page paperback book. The BBoMT is divided into 365 entries so you can have a year’s worth of distraction on the john. According to Gardiner, the book contains 360 days of useless trivia, four entries worth knowing, and one day’s reading that is essential for every motorcyclist.
Inside you’ll find out which production motorcycle was first fitted (in 1982) with electronic fuel injection, plus you’ll read about the fate of “the nut-job that built the 3,000 pound, 17 foot-long motorcycle dubbed Roadog,” and many more interesting stories from the world of motorcycles. Gardiner’s book costs just $12.95 when ordered from http://www.bikewriter.com/, signed if you like, including postage to the U.S. and Canada. Or, you can get it delivered to your e-reader for $5.99 via this Amazon link.
Chrome-plated Bar & Shield Clock
We realize we may be taking away your go-to excuse for staying out in the garage all night ("Sorry, honey, I lost track of the time!"), but it's impossible to deny that any garage, home shop, or enthusiast's office would be immediately classed up with this Chrome-plated Bar & Shield Wall Clock from the Harley-Davidson gift catalog. It retails for $59.95 it measures 12" x 1 5/8" and features a molded plastic case with glass lens and PVC dial. Harley’s iconic Bar & Shield logo is displayed proudly on its face. AA battery not included. See more of the Chrome-plated Bar & Shield Logo Clock here.
Alpinestars “Stay In It” DVD
Budget-minded gift givers can take advantage of a special holiday deal. Simply buy at least $25 worth of stuff from Alpinestars.com or participating retailers, and you get this DVD for free. It features Astars-sponsored action-sports athletes performing in their wild disciplines, including F/MX (Todd Potter), Drift (Vaughn Gittin Jr.), BMX (Jamie Bestwick) and Surf (Nathaniel Curran). Providing the soundtrack under the 30 minutes of action are Dead Sara, The Maccabees, MGK, Man Without Country and DMX. Only available while supplies last. Click here for more information.
Men’s Bar & Shield Logo Wheeled Duffle Bag
Zip up, zip in, and zip away from the crowds at baggage claim with this Bar & Shield Wheeled Duffle Bag from Harley-Davidson. The zippered main compartment has adjustable section dividers to organize your stuff, and an interior pocket that hides a pull-out helmet bag. The zippered side compartment features pockets for eyeglasses and business cards – and still another zippered compartment sits up front. It’s made of durable polyester and features a retractable handle and straps that allow you to mount it securely to your bike. It measures 25" x 18" x 13" and retails for $100. Check out the Men's Bar & Shield Logo Wheeled Duffle Bag here.