12 Vintage Motorcycle Gifts for a Merry Moto Christmas
12 gifts for the vintage motorcycle fan on your list.
This year the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will be raffling off a 1943 Indian 741 custom bobber, which will be awarded to some lucky winner during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, in July 2013.
Photo Courtesy AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame
1. Every year the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame museum raffles off a different vintage motorcycle to raise funds for the museum, and the tradition continues for 2013. This year’s bike is a 1943 Indian 741 custom bobber, which will be awarded to some lucky winner during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, in July 2013. Buy a ticket and give yourself — or a friend — a chance at owning a lovely vintage Indian, and support the Hall of Fame Museum in the process. Tickets are $5 each, or $20 for five tickets.
2. We see a lot of different motorcycle jackets around here; leather ones, nylon ones, denim ones, you name it. But we hadn’t seen a wool-looking one until now. From the folks at Chrome Bag Store, who have been making cool bicycle messenger bags and more since 1995, comes the Ike, made from a breathable, polyester, wool-like twill fabric with wind-stopper front panels, a two-way zipper and pit vents. It also features a longer torso and sleeves to keep you covered when in the riding position. No, it’s not a full-on motorcycle jacket: There’s no armor. But it is a well-fitted jacket that is comfortable to wear and looks good on or off the bike, and it’s a lot nicer than that old denim jacket you wear half the time you’re running errands on your bike anyway. Price: $125.
3. Many a tome has been written about traveling aboard a motorcycle, but one of the classics is and will always be Ted Simon’s Jupiter’s Travels. Raised in London by a German mother and a Romanian father, Simon abandoned an early career in chemical engineering to go to Paris, where he fell in love with journalism. On Oct. 6, 1973, at the age of 42, he set off from London aboard a 500cc Triumph Tiger for what became a four-year solo journey around the world. It is, in our humble opinion, a book every motorcyclist should read at some point in his or her life. Price: $24.95 plus shipping.
4. Back for 2013 is one of our favorite calendars: the Bike EXIF Custom Motorcycle Calendar. The 2013 edition features a variety of high-design motorcycles, including Jeff Decker’s custom Vincent Black Lightning, Walt Siegl’s slick Ducati 900SS, and a lovely bike on the cover that should be very familiar to our readers: Yes, that’s the Yamaha Virago 920 café built by Greg Hageman of Doc’s Chops, which we featured in our May/June 2012 issue. Printed on quality art paper, the calendar measures a hefty 16.6 by 10.75 inches. Good stuff. Price: $15.99 plus shipping. More info is on Octane Press' website.
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