The Motorcyclists Christmas List: Sportsbike Riders!
How About Some Gift Ideas For Sportsbike Riders?
Updated August 17, 2018
Now it’s time for the only Christmas list that matters: gift ideas for sportsbike riders. When it comes to choosing gifts for your sports bike riding friends and family, there’s almost too much choice and mistakes are easily made. First things first, we’ll just give you a rough idea of what not to do. To begin with, riding gear and helmets are probably worth steering clear of. Why? Because fit is everything. If you really want to buy your loved one some new gear, it’s best to ruin the surprise for them and drag them out to the shops with you. Aftermarket parts and upgrades can also seem like a clever idea, but unless you know exactly what your recipient wants (down to the serial number and exact specification) you might want to rethink that plan. With that in mind, here are some good “cover alls” that will definitely score a win on Christmas Day:
The GoPro Hero4 Black – $337
Action cameras used to be a cool gimmick to record the high points of a ride, but they’re fast becoming a near necessity. Sure, they’re great for filming cool stretches of road but they’re also perfect for catching negligent road users undertaking illegal maneuvers, which is useful when it comes down to legal and insurance issues… There are plenty of great cameras on the market, but GoPro offer the most versatile platforms. The Hero4 Black is great for both professional and amateur film makers alike, boasting 4K video, HD quality and hell of a lot of other features. There are simpler devices out there, with a smaller price tag, but the GoPro Hero4 Black is our favorite by far, and a great gift idea for sportsbike riders.
The MotoGP Pit Mat – $70
It doesn’t matter whether you’re working on your bike or photographing it, but either way it’s much better with a cool MotoGP style pit mat underneath it. You don’t have to opt for a MotoGP themed one, but any type of decent motorcycle pit mat will do. Firstly, it looks the part and makes your bike look cool and professional. Secondly, if you are working on your bike, the chances that you’re working on your knees in a cold garage environment are high, so adding this extra level of comfort is a nice boon. This particular MotoGP style, Parc Ferme mat is water-resistant, oil-resistant, and comes with a non-slip backing too. If you want to work on your bike in comfort, or photograph it in style, then this is a great addition for your workspace. It also comes with Number 1 written across the top, because who wants to come in second?
The Venom Rear Lift Stand – $46
This is the perfect gift to go in combination with the MotoGP-style pit mat: a rear lift stand. Again, it looks the part, but more importantly, it’s a very useful tool to have in your garage. This particular model is cheap and effective, although there are certainly other stands available. We like this one because it’s cheap enough for a simple Christmas gift, but the build quality is better than its small price tag would imply. Engineered for easy leverage, it completely lifts the rear wheel of your bike with ease, allowing you to get to work on those difficult areas. It’s made from sturdy high-grade steel, and is adjustable to fit almost every type of sportsbike and sportsbike rider – although you might want to do a double check before you invest.
Schumacher XM1-5 Battery Charger And Maintainer – $37
Since winter is already upon us, if you haven’t got a battery maintainer yet, then it’s about time you got one. This one from Schumacher is fully automatic and computer controlled; simply put, you plug in your battery for the off-season, and it provides a small amount of charge over a prolonged period of time, keeping your battery in great shape. It also works as a regular battery charger too, which automatically stops charging when your battery is at full health. Schumacher give it the “set and forget” tagline, which is ideal for busy people. It’s designed for 6-volt and 12-volt batteries, can charge and maintain anything from bike batteries to boat batteries, and comes at a very affordable price. This is an ideal gift option.
The Matching Key Ring – $2-$20
Consider this more of a stocking filler than a main present, but if you want to invest, you can buy really expensive official branded key chains. For me, I do like to have a key chain that matches my bike in some degree. I’m not one of those “all the gear/merch” kind of riders, but a subtle key chain makes me happy. Having a nice grey “Z” on my keys to match the Z1000 was a great gift I received earlier this year, and the cool enamel leather backed “K” for Kawasaki Heavy Industries I got last Christmas was a thoughtful gift too. You can pick them up for as little as a few dollars online for unofficial merchandise, or you can pay a little extra for the real deal from authorized dealers. Either way, it’s a great gift idea!
Sportsbike riders are pretty easy to buy for, so if you’re really stuck for ideas you can always opt for the DVD option: TT3D: Closer To The Edge, is a great documentary movie, or Hitting The Apex (a MotoGP documentary) make for easy gifts. If you really want to go overboard, track days or superbike training packages are always well received… If you’re still stuck, take a look at our gift ideas for adventure, cruiser and dirt bike riders for more inspiration!