12 Motorcycle Gifts for Christmas

Gear Driven

| January/February 2011

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This list of motorcycle books, motorcycle riding apparel and much more is a perfect place to check if you're looking for motorcycle gifts for Christmas or any other gift-giving occassion:

1. What do you buy the vintage motorcycle enthusiast who has everything? Knowledge. The Comprehensive Vintage Motorcycle Price Guide 2010-2011 from the Vintage Japanese and European Motorcycle Club and the NADA Vintage, Collectible, and Retro Motorcycle Appraisal Guide are great pocket guides, perfect for taking along to that next motorcycle swap meet. These are the two sources we turn to first when it comes to valuing old bikes, followed by more of our own market research. Both guides provide retail prices based on condition for established makes and models, and the VJEMC guide covers even a few more uncommon makes. The Comprehensive Vintage Motorcycle Price Guide, $15.95. NADA Vintage, Collectible, and Retro Motorcycle Appraisal Guide, $30.

2. You really can’t have too many motorcycle jackets, but if you can only have one, a three-quarter length jacket with a zip-out liner will get you through all but the hottest times of the year in safety and comfort. Editor Hall has a Tourmaster Transition Jacket that he wears more than any other due to its utility in a variety of weather conditions, and the next one we plan to try is this studly-looking Rincon Jacket. Patterned after the legendary Belstaff Trialmaster, it features a host of upgrades the Belstaff didn’t, including chest and sleeve vents and a rear exit for flow-through ventilation when it’s warm, a waterproof barrier for when it’s wet, and Phoslite dark-colored reflective piping for night visibility. It also has removable armor at the elbow and shoulder, a back protector, and a zip-out quilted liner. Price: $159.99.

3. Art of the Bike sells more than just cool T-shirts: They sell some lovely bike-related art, too (imagine that). This limited-edition charcoal print, titled “Peter on His Indian,” is by New York City artist James A. Willis. Just 100 prints of this drawing have been made, and each measures nine inches tall by 20 inches wide. James’ work has been featured on the cover of Art and Antiques and has been featured in American Art Collector and the NY Times. His prints are available exclusively through the Art of the Bike website. Price: $129.95.

4. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum presents their yearly raffle, and this year’s combination is a doozy. The first half (and the half we really want) is a lovely 1973 Kawasaki Z1, the 903cc, dual overhead cam four-cylinder that was the Superbike of its day and is now a much sought-after collectible. The other half of the combo is a new 2010 Z1000, Kawasaki’s 136 horsepower, 1,043cc muscle bike of today. Tickets are just $5 each or five for $20.

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