Top 10 Father's Day Gift Ideas for the Motorcycle Dad

Jon Langston
by Jon Langston

Eagle Rider Gift Certificate

Give Dad the chance to ride a bike he’s never ridden, or to go somewhere he’s never been. Eagle Rider, the world’s largest motorcycle rental and touring company, sells gift certificates in any amount that are good at any of their locations around the world or online. Gift certificates are redeemable for motorcycle rentals (about $200 and up) as well as any of ER’s full-blown guided and unguided tours (around $1000 and up). Dad can try out a gently used Harley, BMW or Honda, or you can give him a head start on that dream vacation he’s always wanted. Eagle Rider, (800) 900-9901,

Marlin’s M-Mount

The M-Mount securely holds an iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phone, newer GPSs and more on Dad’s bike, snowmobile or ATV. Today’s smart phones perform tasks like playing music, displaying navigation and showing useful gauge information so the phones and screens are getting larger. Now, the all metal, solidly constructed M-Mount comes in XL and XXL sizes to accommodate almost any device – even the iPhone 5 and large-screen Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S and Note. From $124.95-$144.95 with 1″- 7/8″ to 1 1/2″ handlebar clamp. Marlin’s Clocks, (800) 777-5543,

Harley-Davidson Sportswear

H-D Performance Sportswear from the Harley-Davidson MotorClothes line will keep Dad cool and comfortable this summer and all year long. The Garage shirt is constructed from moisture-wicking 100-percent cotton twill that’s been treated with UPF-30 to protect against the sun. A mesh insert at the back yoke increases airflow, while anti-microbial properties eliminate bacteria and odors during normal wear. Available in small- 5XL sizes for $70 at your local dealer. Harley-Davidson MotorClothes, (800)LUV-2RIDE,


Cool dad’s ride this summer with the Cool-Tush seat pad. Constructed with ½” memory foam and includes ½” viscoelastic gel to eliminate pressure points and absorb vibrations, it features a ventilated top that allows airflow, a waterproof zipper, non-slip grip bottom, and adjustable straps. With sizes from 18 x 17 inches to 7 x 11 inches, it fits all motorcycles, ATVs and quads. $70 to $140 depending on size and seat cover selection. Features a lifetime warranty; the gel will not freeze, melt, harden, crack or leak. Distributed by Kuryakyn. Royal Riding, (805)658-7237,

RSD Barfly Gloves

Tell Dad to ditch those gauntlet gloves for a lightweight pair of perforated leather riding mitts, perfect for hot weather touring or tooling. Intended as an all-purpose glove, the Barfly merges comfort and style as only Roland Sands can. Made from tough but supple top grain cowhide, they sport a pre-curved ergonomic design with flex knuckles, padded palms and a strap/Velcro closure. They’re available in black, sand or tobacco in sizes small-2XL for $70. Roland Sands Design, (562)493-5297,

Helmet Lok

We reported on this product following Dealer Expo in February but it deserves another look with Father’s Day fast approaching. So many modern bikes come without helmet locks that the Helmet Lok is almost a requisite purchase — unless your dad likes toting his helmet around every time he parks the bike. For $32.95 you get the lock and a cable (the cable runs through a jacket sleeve for locking it and the helmet to the motorcycle). A useful and affordable Father’s Day gift! Rocky Creek,

Power Port

Now Dad can covertly power his cell phone, heated gear, GPS or any electrical device up to 15 amps anytime he rides. Wire Plus’ Smooth single Power Port is made from billet aluminum and available in a chrome finish as well as black powder coat. Dad can even connect a battery charger through the port when not riding. Power Ports can be installed in minutes by connecting two wires to the battery and attaching the unit with one-bolt mounting. $99.95. Wire Plus, (620)221-2417,

Biltwell Knucklehead Pint Glass

Does Dad dig vintage bikes? Is he a veteran, or maybe just a patriot? Let Dad show his pride with this Knucklehead pint glass from Biltwell. All proceeds from every Biltwell pint glass go directly to the Semper Fi Fund, a 501(c/3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing support for injured and critically ill members of the US Armed Forces and their families. These exclusive pint glasses are only available as part of this philanthropic endeavor, so buy a few (they’ll make great gifts year-round) and support the troops. Made in the USA. $9.95. Biltwell Inc., (951)699-1500,


If Dad is reasonably tech-savvy and understands basic smartphone apps, then EatSleepRIDE is the perfect gift. EatSleepRide is community for motorcyclists to share routes, reviews, photos, videos and record ride information. For an additional price, EatSleepRIDE offers CRASHLIGHT – sophisticated technology that detects a motorcycle crash and instantly sends your location via SMS, email and telephone to the contacts in your dad’s phone. The app is available for Apple products and costs only $1.99; the CRASHLIGHT service is another $8.99. Check it out at the iTunes store.

AMA Membership

Finally, give Dad a gift that will give back all year long – and perhaps for the rest of his life. Starting at $49, membership to the AMA gives dad insight into the industry he loves, with valuable perks such as news on riding and rights, roadside assistance, invites and discounts to AMA-sanctioned events and deals on motorcycle-specific insurance coverage. Moreover, Dad will get discounts on hundreds of retailers and services, from BikeBandit and Powertye to Avis Auto Rentals, Choice Hotels and Sam’s Club. Here’s another benefit: if Dad joins (or renews) by December 31, he could win a 2013 Yamaha Super Tenere or a Tucker Rocky customized Harley-Davidson Road Glide. American Motorcyclist Association, (800)AMA-JOIN,

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