12 Motorcycle Gifts For The 12 Days of Christmas

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By Landon Hall
January/February 2008

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1. A perfect tankbag addition for covering up helmet hair and showing yourself as a proud Motorcycle Classics reader, our new Motorcycle Classics cap makes a great present for your old-bike-riding buddies. 100 percent cotton with hook-and-loop adjustable sizing. Get ‘em while they last! Price: $10. More info:
www.motorcycleclassicsshop.com 

 

2. We say this "Cars Suck" T-shirt is most fun to wear where riders gather, or wherever nobody else gets it: Wear it when you go wandering around car shows and feel the irony. We also love it for Sunday morning rides (underneath a good leather jacket, of course). 100 percent cotton. Price: $17. More info: www.aerostich.com 

 

3. Narrated by Dave Despain, The World’s Fastest Motorcycle DVD is a great way to spend two hours, especially once the temps drop outside. This DVD takes enthusiasts along on Dennis Mannings’ quest for the world speed record — 350.884mph — and not only recounts the technical wizardry and sophistication of Manning’s built-from-scratch streamliner, but of the emotions and passions that fueled the record run. This is a true glimpse into what it takes to become an American success story. Bonus material also includes the full story of the EASYRIDER 1990 record run. Price: $24.95. More info: www.bubspeedtrials.com 

 

4. This pewter "Glory Days" statue is a replica of the large "Glory Days" statue that is the inspiration of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum logo, but sized to fit your desk. Made of pewter on a walnut base, it measures 5.5in in length. Price: $100. More info: www.motorcyclemuseum.org 

5. Probably the most famous photo in motorcycling history, this framed print of Rollie Free shows him lying prone along the back spine of a borrowed Vincent HRD Black Lightning. The original photo was taken in 1948 by a speeding car as Free broke the land speed record by going 150 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, wearing only a bathing suit, shower cap and a pair of sneakers. The result was history. This is a high quality, digitally-restored reproduction with a sepia tint (frame size: 11in x 14in, image size: 7.5in × 9.5in). Price: $45. More info: www.aerostich.com 

 

6. Illustrating more than 33 H.R.D and Vincent motorcycles, this poster measures 27in x 39in and includes the history of the company, five engines, production figures and more. Perfect for your garage or den, especially if it houses a Vincent. Price: $10 (paper), $20 (laminated). More info: www.carlhungness.com 

 

7. Steve McQueen made movies remembered for their car chases and motorcycle jumps, but in his later years, he was also a collector of motorcycles, cars and more. McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon chases down the cars and bikes that made McQueen famous in films, along with highlighting others he owned and rode over the years, such as the 1964 Triumph TR6SC ISDT bike and others. Among notable highlighted cars profiled in the book are a 1959 Porsche Speedster bought new by McQueen, his 1957 Jaguar XKSS and many more. With a foreword by Steve’s son, Chad McQueen, and a wealth of details about the star’s amateur racing career, his movie stunt work, and his car and motorcycle collecting, McQueen’s Machines draws a fascinating picture of one man’s passion. Price: $26.95. More info: www.motorcycleclassicsshop.com 

 

8. Sometimes beer tastes better out of a stein,especially if said stein is nicely frosted. Having a couple of these in the freezer is the perfect way to chill your favorite after-ride beverages and show your pride for your marque of choice. Price: $13.50. More info: www.metroracing.com 

 

9. This Retro-Rider Biker Work Shirt from the Busted Knuckle Garage comes in gun metal grey with the company’s Retro-Biker dude on both the front and back of the shirt. They also offer the embroidery option for just $7. Have your name sewn above the front pocket, and next time they ask for ID at the door, just point to your shirt. Price: $39.90 (+ $7 for embroidery, if requested). Enter code "MCC" at checkout for a 10% discount! More info: www.bustedknucklegarage.com 

10. The visionary book Bikes of Burden contains 146 carefully selected and richly printed photos showing the motorcycle’s ubiquitous presence in Vietnam. It shows motorcycles carrying everything imaginable, from giant tractor tires to hundreds of delicate live birds, all piled high behind and around everyday riders. Every reader who sees this book marvels and lingers over it for a long time. This is a strictly limited fine art gallery edition by Hans Kemp. 158 pp., color photos. Price: $40. More info: www.aerostich.com 

11. Though many of us dream of one day owning a Vincent, the chances are slim for most of us. But here’s a chance most anyone can afford. Buy a raffle ticket (or five!) and get entered to win this 1953 Vincent Black Shadow. This one’s fitted with the rare touring package, consisting of valanced fenders, a taller handlebar and wider-section tires. Restored by Brent Mayfield of Centerville, Ohio, using all original parts, it’s valued at $65,000. Price: $5 per ticket, or five for $20. More info: www.motorcyclemuseum.org 

 

12. For those times when you’re headed to a place where you don’t want to have to hang out in heavy-duty riding gear, consider the Classy Rider jacket. Though it looks like your typical casual jacket, it’s made of a soft ultra-suede shell with a CoolMesh lining. Hidden inside is Cordura protection sewn along the ‘skid-zones’ in the sleeves, with zippered pockets that hold flexible EVA elbow pads in place. It also features a removable back pad. There are four pockets inside, and on the outside you’ll find zippered side vents, a back extension for easy upper-body mobility and long sleeves to accommodate the handlebar reach. The jacket has been trimmed-in through the ribs to prevent wind-billowing, and there is a high, loose collar to deflect the wind. Best of all, it won’t spot in the rain, and can be machine washed and dried. Shown here in Bronco Brown. Price: $179. More info: www.classyrider.com 


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