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The 2011 Holiday Gift Guide


>> Ashley Benson


Woah, waoh, woah... What day did you say it is? November WHAT?! Well crap. That means turkey, pie and thinking about how you should start shopping for the presents you'll be buying your loved ones before the madness of the holidays clogs mall parking lots and forces people to maul each other over the last high-tech toy that will be broken or forgotten about by February. But we still manage to procrastinate. Which means fighting the masses in the stores or paying up the wahzoo for overnight shipping.

But all of the motorcycle magazines with their holiday buyer's guides and wishlists have made us decide to make one of our own... with plenty of time to shop for the holidays without sprouting a few more grey hairs or obtaining a black eye from a 60-year-old woman who swears that she saw the cardigan first. And with everything from street bikes to off road motorcycles to side by sides and ATV's, there's something to make every one of your favorite riding family member happy. No more fake "Aw, you shouldn't have" when your third cousin opens the re-gifted candle set you got from a neighbor last year. And if all else fails and you just can't decide whether your brother needs OEM parts, aftermarket parts or more gear, there's always the BikeBandit.com gift card. And no, it's not the thought that counts... a gift card will always be more appreciated than a sweater you knit no matter how much thought you put into it. Trust us.

So here it is: everything and anything that we want this year for Chrismahanukwanzaa.



Cruisers have a style of their own. And you’ll be hard pressed to find a rider who cares more about their motorcycle than those chrome loving, leather clad riders. So getting them something for their motorcycle is truly the key to making even the Grinch-iest of hearts grow three times as big.

Our guide for the cruisers you love most include Shinko’s SR735 Motorcycle Tire, which is one of the highest rated for cruisers, and the Vance & Hines Big Radius Exhaust System, which is a high quality exhaust that is compatible with most cruisers and will give your rider’s bike a whole new look and sound.

But there’s no better gift for a cruiser lover than leather. The River Road Caliber Leather Motorcycle Jacket is made by one of the most popular and trusted cruiser jacket brands and has the classic look that any cruiser would love. Plus the Tour Master Gel Cruiser 2 Motorcycle Gloves are some of the highest rated gloves because of their high quality leather for protection and light EVA foam padded palm for comfort.

And throw in the Mothers’ Chrome Polish as a great stocking stuffer. After all, nothing is more important than having clean chrome.

 

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Chances are, your beloved touring family member is always prepared for anything. But when you’re packing in thousands of miles in one trip, you really can’t have too many gadgets to keep you on the right track. The Garmin 665 Motorcycle GPS is the latest and greatest in motorcycle GPS technology and has all the features that your favorite tourer needs on a long trip including Bluetooth wireless technology, XM radio compatibility and a glove friendly touch screen.

Give them some of the highly rated Firstgear Onyx Motorcycle Saddlebags to put all of the gear in. With RoadTex 1000 denier nylon, PVC coating, UV protection and a heat resistant base for any exhaust contact, they’ll know that all of their precious gear will be safe.

And don’t forget the Tour Master Pivot Series 3 Motorcycle Jacket, which is the highest rated for touring because of its 600 denier Carbolex and 1680 denier ballistic polyester shell, Rainguard barrier and removable quilted liner.

 

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Sport bike riders might just be some of the most fun but hardest to shop for. They get some of the coolest looking gear but there’s just so darn much of it... how do you choose?

The Alpinestars GP Plus Motorcycle Gloves are not only sleek looking and come in fantastic colors to match their ride, these gloves are the highest rates because of their PU knuckle and finger sliders for superior protection, anatomically designed palm for better grip and feel and the external seams on the fingers for comfort.

The Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa Motorcycle Tires are also the highest rater for sport tires and are even rated to be used 30% on the track for racers. They give great support in leans for cornering but allow a fast stand up when accelerating out of a turn. Pair them up with the RC Components Forged Aluminum Wheels to give your sport bike rider’s motorcycle a fresh and sleek look.

And since they’re sure to be tearing up the roads and gathering bugs with their new gifts, throw a bottle on BikeMaster’s Bug Remover Spray in their stocking.

 

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Winter means desert season and your favorite off-road rider is probably jonesing to tear up the trails and dunes. Feed their need with some of our highest rated Pirelli MT 16 Motorcycle Tires that are great for both competition and weekend riders.

The Scott 87 OTG Goggles come in great colors to match any off-road rider’s gear and is some of our highest rated. Plus with Scott goggles, how can you go wrong?

And the new JT Racing gear is bound to make any rider who remembers the 80’s and 90’s off-road racing nostalgic so give them a JT Racing Pro-Tour Vented Motorcycle Jersey to mix great past memories with high quality and the best jersey technology of today.

Plus an off-road rider can never have too much air filter cleaner and oil. The No-Toil Air Filter Oil & Cleaner pack is our most popular to date.

 

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Our four wheeling friends are not to be forgotten in the powersports world. And, much like their off-road riding brothers and sisters, ATV enthusiasts are flocking to the deserts for the perfect sand and trail riding.

Give them the highest rated Maxxis M9207 Pro ATV Tire to help them get the best of steering precision in straight-line tracking, cornering and braking. Pair them up with the Moose Utility 387X ATV/UTV Wheels for a sleek look that exceeds all current market requirements for load capacities and quality.

Make sure they never get stranded with the highly rated Genuine Innovations ATV Tire Repair and Inflation Deluxe Kit. Plus give them a way to have everything they need right on the back of their ride with the highly rated Ogio ATV Back Bag.

And you can never go wrong with Scott Goggles so pick them out a pair of the Scott Voltage X ATV Goggles.

 

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When dual sport riders already get the best of both worlds, what else can you give them? The new REV’IT! Defender GTX Motorcycle Jacket is stacked with features that are perfect for any dual sport rider. Plus it looks pretty sweet too (the grey/red one is just fantastic).

If your favorite dual sport rider loves gadgets, the Spot II Personal GPS Satellite Messenger will hit the spot (yes, pun intended). Not only is it great in case of emergencies, this little GPS gizmo allows you to track your ride, check in online and is a whole lot less clunky than a satellite phone. And be sure to check out the $50 rebate offer.

If you know the wonders of dual sport and have an off-road rider who you want to share it with, get them the Baja Designs EX Mount Dual Sport Converter kit that can turn an off-road bike into something more. Plus with turn signals, a headlight and a brake light, this set is great for even for just off-road night riding.

Looking for something a little smaller (or less expensive for that matter)? We love the ProGrip 714 Dual Sport Motorcycle Grips. With a special gel compound that helps absorb vibration, these grips make a big difference but have a tiny price tag.

 

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scooter gifts

Scooter riders too often get forgotten. Show your favorite scooter rider that you love their two wheeled style with the new REV’IT! Bronx Motorcycle Jacket and an Arai Classic Solid Open Face Helmet to give them that vintage scooter look with the best of today’s safety and comfort features.

And the IRC MBR-750 Scooter Tires are the highest rates and are great for any kind of scooter riding.

Give their scooter a little more bite and a sporty look with the Two Brothers Racing M2 Full System Scooter Exhaust.

For stocking stuffers, the ProGrip 600 Scooter Grips are durable but comfortable. And a bottle of Scooter Oil from the trusted brand Bel-Ray can never go wrong.

 

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