Top 10 Father's Day Gifts Between $50-$100
Last week, in anticipation of Father’s Day, we listed the Top 10 Father’s Day Gifts Over $100. Now, it seems only fair to bring you a list of gift ideas between $50 and $100. These items don’t require that Dad be a member of any particular motorcycle tribe. In fact, the goal here was to make the ideas as universal as possible while keeping the cost in the range that even the poorest college student (or back living at home grad) can afford. Consider it a worthwhile investment, since Dad is the one who put a roof over your head, food on the table and motorcycles in the garage. While we still have a couple weeks before the big day, time is running out, and who wants to pay for overnight shipping costs for budget-conscious gifts?
So, here is our list of motorcycle-related gifts you can buy for between a Ulysses S. Grant and a Benjamin Franklin.
10. RAM Fork Stem Mount & Universal X-Grip Cell Phone Holder $52.17
You know that Dad likes his smartphone. In fact, Mom frequently tells him to quit fondling it and give her a little attention. Since you’re probably angling for a little help paying for an upcoming track day, why not give him a way to use his beloved smartphone while he’s riding, thus earning you his undying thanks.
Ram Mounts is one of the big names in mounting portable electronics to things that move at high speeds. For a mere $52.17, you can give him a way to use his smartphone GPS app’s turn-by-turn directions while riding. This nifty Fork Stem Mount & Universal X-Grip Cell Phone Holder uses a universal steering stem base that expands to fit a variety of fork stems. The double ball-and-socket mounting arm allows the mount to be adjusted to the best viewing position. Whether you’re a iPhone or an Android user, the universal X-Grip will firmly hold a variety of phone sizes. Handlebar mounting options are also available. Try Ram’s Phone Mount Wizard to figure out what mount system is ideal for Dad’s motorcycle.
9. S100 Care Set $54.95
So, Dad gets a little obsessive about cleaning his bike, huh? Then give him this selection of S100 cleaning products. The S100 Care Set contains five top-selling S100 bike care products all packaged in an easy-to-carry container.
Whether Dad rides a cruiser, a sportbike, a tourer, or a vintage machine, the S100 Care Set will have the right products for his cleaning needs. The 16.9-oz. S100 Total Cycle Cleaner is the product that first brought S100 to fame for its spray on and rinse off cleaning. Tougher challenges get specific products. The S100 Finish Restorer which can renew tarnished metals (aluminum, stainless, chrome etc.) to the desired level of shine and can even work magic on plastic. S100 Detail and Wax is ideal for spot cleanup of bugs and road mung. The S100 Corrosion Protectant saves metals prone to corrosion by sealing the surface. The Super Absorbing Drying Towel will dry Dad’s bike to a spot-free shine while never getting stiff the way that chamois can.
8. Bikemaster 17-Piece Tool Kit $65.95
As bikes have gotten progressively better over the years, one thing has remained essentially unchanged or gotten worse. The OEM tool kits supplied with new bikes – if at all – continue to serve little use other than uniformly rounding fasteners, rendering them functionally useless. The challenge for bikers is finding a reasonably priced selection of tools that can handle most roadside wrenching needs.
Bikemaster has stepped in to provide your two-wheeled father with a portable tool kit that can be rolled up to fit in many metric bikes’ storage. The Bikemaster 17-Piece Tool Kit contains tools for the most common sized fasteners on metric motorcycles. Open-ended wrenches fit 11, 12, 13, 14, 16 and 17mm sizes, while the 6” adjustable wrench takes care of bigger bolts. You also get the ever popular 10mm combination wrench. A 3/8” drive ratchet can power the 18 and 21mm spark plug sockets (or any other sockets you choose to include in the kit). Allen bolts can be handled with the 10-piece metric hex key set (with 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 5.5, 6, 8 and 10mm sizes).
The locking pliers can be used in a variety of clamping operations. The five zip ties (just add more, you can never have enough zip ties) can hold any number of broken parts together. Safety wire has so many uses that it should be illegal. Electrical tape can also be enlisted for many temporary repairs, and if your problem is truly electrical in nature, you have some electrical wire in the kit, too. A pen-type tire gauge, a flashlight, a 6-in-1 screwdriver, and a spark plug gap tool round out the kit’s contents – all of which are contained in the fabric tool bag. Dad can’t miss with this kit!
7. Roadgear CarbonMaxxx $69.90
Roadgear started its existence as a glove retailer, and its gloves still feature the same quality and reasonable price that helped establish the company as one that delivers high-value products for motorcyclists. The CarbonMaxxx is a full-featured, well-built glove that Dad will appreciate as we roll into the heat of summer. Constructed of cowhide, the pre-curved CarbonMaxxx gloves feature double layers of leather on the palm and other abrasion-prone areas. The back of the gloves are perforated to flow cooling air to the rider’s hands. Impact protection is provided by carbon-fiber knuckle armor. Additionally, finger backs receive a combination of dual leather layers with foam padding between the layers plus plastic knuckle protectors that act as wind scoops, directing air into the glove.
CarbonMaxxx gloves are short, without a gauntlet, meaning they allow air to flow up jacket sleeves. A wrist closure will keep the gloves in place in a tumble. These XS-XXXL black gloves fit with almost any style of motorcycle, offering timeless styling with high-tech protection that Dad will appreciate throughout the hottest riding days of summer.
6. iShock Beadlock iPhone Case $80
If Dad likes to do it in the dirt, why not give him an iPhone case that shows his dirt cred while giving back to the sport he loves. iShock has created a sister company, PayBack Products, that “supports off-roading by donating a portion of the proceeds from every sale of every case to the good folks at the BlueRibbon Coalition to help keep public lands open for us to enjoy.” Talk about a win-win. Dad gets a cool case and the pleasure of knowing that it supports open public lands.
CNC-machined from 6061 billet aluminum with high grade stainless steel hardware, the Beadlock case is anodized in four eye-catching colors. Specially designed for iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S and 5C (with more models and products planned), the Beadlock protects your iPhone by sandwiching it between the billet aluminum and closed cell phone. Also, if there’s a message you want to give Dad, custom engraving is available.
5. Oxford Heaterz Premium Grips $89.95
You know how much Dad loves riding his motorcycle. For him the riding season lasts until he’s forced to pry his cold, stiff fingers from the grips after “just one more ride.” Show him how much you love him by giving him a set of Oxford Heaterz Premium Grips. With versions available for adventurer bikes, cruisers, sportbikes, and tourers, you’ll be able to get Dad the heated grips that are perfect for him.
The grips have an engineered surface with rhombus tread patterns for better feel, while a diamond pattern is used for areas requiring maximum grip. In wear-prone sections, the rubber is thicker. Oxford claims that these grips are durable enough to outlast OEM grips. Beneath the grips, the silicon cables that provide the heat are designed to remain flexible in the coldest temperatures.
The controller has five heat settings for tuning the grip warmth to the riding conditions. The intelligent controller function tracks the status of the charging system and automatically shuts off the unit when the bike is parked with the engine off. So, wiring the Heaterz is as simple as connecting the controller directly to the battery. Additionally, a safety feature disables the control unit if the battery voltage drops below 10.5V.
4. Firstgear Torrent Waterproof Duffel Bag $59.95-$89.95
Riding-apparel manufacturer Firstgear has a worldwide reputation for producing quality riding equipment – both the kind that is worn and strapped to a motorcycle. If Dad is a daily rider who frequently has to carry stuff to work (or maybe he just travels a bunch) and you want to give him something to keep his belongings dry in the worst of weather, take a look at the Firstgear Torrent Waterproof Duffel Bag.
Available in three sizes (25, 40, and 70 liters), the Torrent was designed with protecting your property from the elements. Constructed of PVC tarpaulin fabrics that are both tough and durable, the bags feature precision cut and sonically welded seams for weathertightness. Thoughtfully located D-rings and webbing straps ease the attachment to Dad’s motorcycle. Handles and a shoulder strap make for comfortable transport off the bike.
3. Cortech Super 2.0 8L Tank Bag $71.99-$91.99
Dads need to carry lots of stuff with them. Going for motorcycle rides is no different. Since he’s reached the age where he doesn’t really want to look like a school kid by wearing a backpack, why not give him a Cortech Super 2.0 8L Tank Bag? The compact 8-liter bag is constructed of durable 1680-denier ballistic polyester and 1800-denier three-lined twill Jacquard construction, which is just a fancy way of saying the tank bag is hella tough.
Inside, it reveals its softer side through a two-tone red and black plush lining. The top flap’s organizer and the various internal and external pockets (both mesh and zippered) offer convenient storage for a variety of items. The bag’s main compartment closes securely with a one-way zipper. Dad can still access his headphones or water bladder’s tube via the bag’s clever exit ports. No tank bag should be without a removable/replaceable map pocket, which this has.
The Cortech Super 2.0 8LTank Bag mounts via either magnets or straps, while the non-slip mounting base protects the tank’s paint. The integrated rain cover makes sure that his valuables, like pictures of his loving children, stay dry in poor weather.
2. Nelson Rigg Falcon Defender 2000 cover $74.95-$89.95
In a perfect world, all motorcycles would be parked on specially designed mats in climate-controlled garages with motorcycle-themed music playing softly in the background while two-stroke oil impregnated candles provided the mood lighting, or if the machinery is of a more sporting bent, classic GP races would be on a continuous loop as the scent of race fuel wafted through the air. However, Dad is well aware that sometimes his beloved two-wheeler needs to be parked outside, be it because the garage is temporarily filled with other stuff or maybe he’s on a multi-day tour. Either way, he needs a quality bike cover. Bonus points will be awarded to you, the gift giver, if the cover can be packed away for easy transport.
Nelson Rigg’s Falcon Defender 2000 will coddle Dad’s motorcycle with a waterproof cover made from full-strength UV-treated “Tri-Max” polyester. The electronically heat sealed seams keep inclimate weather on the outside, while Nelson Rigg’s “Perma-Venting” system keeps condensation from building up on the inside. The bike’s windscreen is protected by the cover’s soft windshield liner. The silver lower panels are heat resistant. The snug elastic bottom ensures a close fit, while one-inch grommets at the center and front wheel allow for locking the cover.
The black cover is available in sizes M-XXL (accommodating bikes as big as Gold Wings) and comes with a stuff sack for storage. Nelson Rigg offers a lifetime “No Hassle” warranty.
1. Alpinestars Summer Tech Performance Long Sleeve Shirt $99.95
Known for producing premium protective riding gear, Alpinestars also manufactures “Tech Layers” that are designed to increase riding comfort. With products created for seasonal use, the Alpinestars Summer Tech Performance Long Sleeve Shirt has the technical construction to make hot weather riding more enjoyable. If Dad likes track days or long summer rides, he’ll probably wonder why he never looked further than an old cotton t-shirt once he’s felt the moisture wicking and cooling ability of the Summer Tech Performance Long Sleeve Shirt.
Anyone who has worked out in compression gear already knows how supporting muscles can help reduce their fatigue during strenuous exercise. Alpinestars has taken this support one step further by using fabric that is 60% lighter than cotton. Also, instead of just lying on the skin all wet and clammy, like cotton, the moisture-wicking material helps to maintain a constant body temperature by promoting evaporation of the moisture. Designed with minimal seams, the fit is irritation-free and adapts to Dad’s shape and riding position. Finally, the form-fitting layer doesn’t stick to jacket or suit liners, making it easier for Dad to don and doff his gear once he’s sweaty. Available in sizes XS-2XL. Matching pants are available.