Holiday Gift Guide For Women Who Ride
Thoughtful and creative gift ideas for the female riders in your life
’Tis the season to do some frantic last-minute holiday shopping for the loved ones in your life! If you’re lucky, those loved ones include women who ride. I’m usually horrible at finding the perfect gift, and I’m sure you can relate, considering the fact that you’re consulting a cheesy article for gifting tips. All teasing aside, you’ve come to the right place. As a woman who loves motorcycles, I can think of a few gifts that I would be overjoyed to receive. So, I offer this gift guide to help you shop for the female riders in your life.
First, I’d like to point out that motorcycle-related gifts aren’t exactly gender-specific. I’d strongly recommend starting with gifts that any motorcyclist would love: cool bike accessories, cleaning and servicing supplies (like the Muc-Off Pressure-Washer Evans just reviewed), a pair of really nice earplugs, gift-cards to your local bike shop, etc. Assuming she has all that stuff already, here are some ideas geared specifically for women:
Books are a classic gift idea. For the motorcyclist on your list, I recommend these autobiographical adventure novels written by badass female motorcyclists which are sure to inspire and encourage any rider. Combine these books with a nice pair of slippers, and you’ve got all the ingredients you need for a relaxing winter evening.
Table of Contents
1. Book: Chronicles of a Motorcycle Gypsy: Shop Now
2. Book: Lone Rider: Shop Now
3. Diva-Do Helmet Liner: Shop Now
4. Klim Solstice 3.0 Base Layers: Shop Now
5. Rev’it Hydra H2O Women’s Gloves: Shop Now
6. TCX Tourer Gore-tex Women’s Boots: Shop Now
7. Tickets to Babes Ride Out: Shop Now
8. Tickets to a Ladies-Only Track Day: Shop Now
9. Alpinestars Stella Missile Suit: Shop Now
Book: Chronicles of a Motorcycle Gypsy
Chronicles of a Motorcycle Gypsy is about a former track racer who embarks on a solo adventure across the continental United States with her makeshift retrofitted ADV bike (a Yamaha FZ-07) after suddenly losing her job and spiraling into a bit of an existential crisis. Tiffani Burkett is a candid and endearing writer who doesn’t shy away from the gritty, embarrassing, or beautiful details. Her story of self-discovery serves as both a potential travel guide and a vicarious escape from the routine of daily life.
Book: Lone Rider
Lone Rider: The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World is another incredible story about a young woman braving the challenges and embracing the joy of an epic solo ride in 1982 on a classic BMW R60/6. Elspeth Beard is funny, smart, and fearless. Her natural independence and ingenuity proves she can handle anything life throws at her; and on two wheels no less! Lone Rider is sure to bring a smile to the face of any female rider that gets a kick out of shocking patronizing old farts.
Diva-Do Helmet Liner
Have you ever noticed the lady rider in your life struggling to tame and detangle her hair after a ride? Maybe you’ve noticed her shoving the tail of a braid down the back of her jacket, only to see it flapping in the wind as soon as she rips on the throttle? One female-owned small business has designed a great solution for the helmet hair problem: The Diva-Do Helmet Liner. This simple and comfortable helmet liner design keeps hair wrapped and protected from the wind. The Diva-Do is adjustable and easy to use, and thanks to its seamless design, there won’t be any painful pressure points when worn under a properly snug helmet. This is the kind of thoughtful gift that shows you notice the little things… or at least pretend to.
Klim Solstice 3.0 Base Layers
In most places this time of year, it’s getting pretty cold. Thermal base layers are a great way to stay cozy without feeling too bulky under your riding gear. There are a lot of options out there for base layers, but I suggest Klim if you want to win some brownie points. This set of technical riding gear is designed to trap heat and stay dry. Klim’s new Solstice set comes in a few fun colors and patterns, so they may also double as a cute pair of (really fancy) pajamas on Christmas morning.
Rev’it Hydra H2O Women’s Gloves
Cold and wet weather are not a deterrent to motorcyclists with the right gear. That being said, most winter gear is bulky and uncomfortable. Who likes riding in gloves that feel like oven mitts? Ergo, Rev’it has designed some excellent women’s waterproof thermal gloves that feel surprisingly lightweight and comfortable. The Hydra H2O gloves feature goatskin leather palms, putting them a notch above most textile gloves in abrasion resistance and tactile grip. Additionally, the palms allow you to feel your heated grips. (These gloves, combined with some heated grips would make a great gift.) The technical materials found in the Hydra H2O gloves include Rev’it’s abrasion-resistant PWR|shell 500D material, Temperfoam knuckle armor, a Hydratex waterproof Z-liner, touch screen fingertips, and Thinsulate G polar fleece to keep the fingers cozy. Note: these gloves are designed for urban riding, they are not CE-rated.
TCX Tourer Gore-tex Women’s Boots
Is the lady rider on your shopping list on the short side? Get her a nice pair of heels. Heeled riding boots, that is! TCX Tourer Gore-Tex boots have a 1.25” wedge, giving her a little height advantage that will help her get some firm footing while riding her big, bad bike. These boots also have a Gore-Tex liner, so they’re guaranteed to keep her feet dry even in the crummiest riding conditions. Of course, they also include typical features of a real touring boot: reinforced toe and heel, ankle armor, shin plate, and shift pad. Plus grippy soles and an upper made from treated leather and Cordura. I have a feeling these TCX Tourer boots may just become her new favorite pair of shoes.
Tickets to Babes Ride Out
Ladies who are longing for female comradery and a good road trip will find exactly that in the annual Babes Ride Out events, hosted in four locations across the United States. Babes Ride Out events are becoming increasingly popular, welcoming all kinds of female riders to a one-of-a-kind motorcycle weekend getaway. The organizers plan food and drinks, fun group rides through the region’s best winding backroads, educational workshops, riding skill competitions, and a wild nightly campout with hundreds of other biker chicks. Bonus: If you’re a female motorcyclist shopping for your partner or best friend, this gift could be the perfect opportunity to make some fun memories together.
Babes Ride Out list of upcoming events:
Tickets to a Ladies-Only Track Day
Having done my first track days earlier this year, I can now attest to how awesome they truly are. Track days are pretty much the best thing ever. Nothing will improve her confidence or skills in riding more than a few hours on a closed course, surrounded by bike enthusiasts and the smell of petrol fumes. Give the lady rider in your life the gift of unbridled adrenaline. Better yet, introduce her to a bunch of other female track junkies at a women’s-only track day event! Here are a few organizations around the United States that host track days for women:
Alpinestars Stella Missile Suit
By the way, she’s going to need a tracksuit for her upcoming track day if she doesn’t already have one. If you feel like being extra generous this holiday season, you might pick up one of these Tech-Air airbag compatible race suits by Alpinestars. This particular suit fits better than most, comfortably hugging feminine silhouettes without sacrificing safety features.
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