2019 Top 10 Gift Ideas for the Motorcycle Enthusiast in Your Life
As we’re all aware, the holidays are just around the corner which means it’s time to break out that wallet again and wrack your brains for gift ideas for your loved ones. It can be a pain in the ass trying to figure out what to get people, but if someone in your family rides a motorcycle, look no further! We at AdvFort have compiled a list of the top ten gift ideas for you to get the rider in your life…and let me assure you, these are items that have been tested and used in the field first hand by our crew here at the Fort – we wouldn’t steer you toward any of the garbage products we’ve come across out there! In no particular order, and to accommodate all budgets, let’s get to the list:
1) CruzTOOLS RTH3 RoadTech H3 Standard Tool Kit
It’s easy to forget about the tools you might need on the road when you work on your bike in the comforts of your own garage. CruzTOOLS has put together an amazing standard toolkit that doesn’t take up a lot of room and for around the $100 mark should be able to help you at least limp to help if your machine is having a bad attitude.
2) Stop & Go 1001 Tire Repair Kit
Let’s face it, flat tires are inevitable. At some point or another it’s going to happen to you, and it’s going to be at the worst possible time. Luckily for us Stop & Go has put together a great tubeless tire repair kit that will help get you rolling again in no time! For about $50 it packs up small, can fit in most tank bags, and is a small price to pay for peace of mind while out and about. And for those of you like me with tube tires these Motion Pro tire spoons and simple patch kit from Park Tool are just what the doctor ordered.
3) Pit Posse Hex Allen Front Axle Spindle Tool
This next specialty tool comes in handy both in the garage and on the road. Most of our front wheels are held on with an axle that requires a allen style socket on one end that is course giant. The team over at Pit Posse have built a spindle tool for us that includes all of the standard axle sizes so we can get that front wheel off the bike in no time and without headaches. It’s cheap, it works great, and accommodates multiple bike axle sizes.
4) Cllena DIN Hella Powerlet Plug to Dual USB Charger w/ LED Voltmeter
All of our phones, music players, GPS units, and cameras charge via USB these days. But how do you simultaneously charge your devices while riding so that you can then have them ready to use when you get to your destination? For BMW guys like me with a DIN plug, Cllena has created a DIN to USB charger that ALSO includes an LED volt meter so you can keep a closer eye on your bike’s battery. And for those of you who don’t have that specialty plug but have a spot to plug in your battery chargers, Battery Tender has built a USB adapter to charge your devices off of the quick connect. You can even get it with or without the voltage display.
5) Amazon Basics 4 Piece Packing Travel Organizer Cubes
A lot of us have saddle bags, tank bags, tail packs, etc. but most of the time they’re either too big and bulky to want to remove or else we don’t need all of the items in them. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a way to easily pull out just the items we need while equally being able to pack efficiently? Amazon Basics Packing Cubes are perfect for those of us who travel on two wheels. You can even pick different sizes and colors to match your needs and lifestyle.
6) Hell’s Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club
Reading material is always a good thing to have on the road or at home. Hell’s Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club is a great read by Sonny Barger, the man who is credited for creating the Hell’s Angles MC. This has very little to do with MCs and a lot to do with motorcycling in general and how the culture began. I highly recommend it for anyone even remotely interested in riding the iron horse. And once you get through with that I’d also recommend another of his books, Let’s Ride: Sonny Barger’s Guide to Motorcycling, which goes a lot deeper than just how to ride a bike. Both of these take up space in my own personal library and always will as long as I’m still alive.
7) Slime Power Sport Tire Inflator
Sometimes you’re out and about you need more than a shot of CO2 to fill your tires, and that’s why I like to bring along the Slime Mini Air Compressor. I’ve had my mini Slime compressor since 2015 and let me tell you, it’s been a lifesaver! It powers off your battery, and since I put the quick connects onto all of my bikes and adult toys, I don’t even have to deal with getting access to my battery. It can plug into the connector and then you just turn it on and have air up to 8 ft. from the source.
8) Meguiar’s Motorcycle Care Kit for Cleaning and Detailing
Being on the road on two wheels is the best feeling in the world, but it’s slightly less great when you’re riding a filthy machine. Getting into all the nooks and crannies when cleaning your bike can be a nuisance but Meguiar’s has made this task greatly less daunting with their Motorcycle Care Kit for cleaning and detailing your stallion. Their kit contains everything you’ll need to make your baby shine like new!
9) HitPro Motorcycle Chain Cleaning Tool
A little preventative maintenance is good to do too while you’re in there cleaning your motorcycle, and taking care of your chain is a big piece of that. Pick up one of these chain cleaning grunge brushes for next to nothing and finally give that chain a nice scrubbing instead of slapping another coat of lube on it and calling it good. “But what product do I clean my chain with?” I hear you asking. This is something you don’t need a fancy product for – go to your local WalMart or hardware store and pick up some regular camping kerosene. A little goes a long way and it’s amazing how quickly it will strip old grease and road grunge from your chain…just don’t go setting yourself on fire please.
10) Cycle World Magazine
The world of motorcycles is constantly changing, and what better way to stay up to date with all of the new bikes and gadgets and things people are talking about than the leader of motorcycle publications – Cycle World Magazine. This is the gift that keeps on giving! CW recently moved from a monthly issue model to being released quarterly, but they also beefed up each issue to make up for the longer wait between reads. For a 1 year subscription you’re only looking at dropping $20, and your moto aficionado will have something new to look forward all throughout the year!