Moto Gifts for the Holidays: Honda CB750 by Mick Duckworth, The Art of BMW by Peter Gantriis and More!

Check out our 12 Moto gift suggestions like the opportunity to take a RetroTour, enter to win a 1948 Indian Chief or get a deal on books like “Honda CB750” by Mick Duckworth.

| January/February 2012

1. Honda CB750 by Mick Duckworth highlights one of the most important bikes of the 1970s, and what is considered by many to be the original Superbike. Launched in 1969, Honda’s first four-cylinder roadster revolutionized the motorcycle market, setting new standards of sophistication, user-friendliness and reliable high performance. A mix of period photos and excellent contemporary studio and outside images brings the CB750 into focus as the important and beautiful bike is was and still is. Competition history is included, as is a section of CB750 offshoots like the Rickman CR750 and Honda’s own Super Sports version. A must for the committed CB750 fan. Price: $39.95.

2. Sooner or later, if you have a motorcycle, you’re going to need a trailer. The latest and greatest (and one we’re trying out here at Motorcycle Classics) is the Cruiser Trailer from Baxley Trailer Company. Based on the company’s popular ST001 Sport Bike Trailer, it’s a bit longer to accommodate larger motorcycles. It’s a simple and effective design that’s also relatively easy to assemble with just a few hand tools — and a buddy. We had ours together in about an hour and a half and were impressed with the quality. The frame is powder-coated box-section steel, and while it weighs just 315 pounds, it will haul an 850-pound cycle safely and securely. Very cool. Price: $2,400, plus shipping.

3. The Art of BMW by Peter Gantriis is a beautiful coffee-table book featuring brilliant, colorful photos of BMW’s classic models along with detailed descriptions of their features. But it’s not your typical year-by-year model history book. Instead, it collects 32 different BMW models, from 1925 on, and looks at them as objects of art, with BMW history the happy by-product of the examination. The older models come from the collection of well-known BMW enthusiast Peter Nettesheim, who is shown in his shop in the forward of the book. Price: $40.

4. What classic motorcycle aficionado wouldn’t want a 1948 Indian Chief sitting in their garage? Buying raffle tickets for this year’s AMA Raffle Bike, the lovingly restored Chief shown here, supports the important work of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum and gives you a chance at having that beautiful Chief for yourself. Tickets can be purchased online at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum website for $5 per ticket or $20 for five tickets. The winner will be announced at AMA Vintage Days at Mid-Ohio in July 2012.

5. Norton Commando: The Complete Story by Matthew Vale is a definitive look at the most popular Norton model of all. Examining the history and development of the Commando, Vale’s new book gives specifications, outlines model changes, and provides a good brief on Commando competition history. Little-known bits of history — ever heard of the Norton 76, a proposed successor to the Commando? — make for interesting reading, and riding experiences of past and present owners, along with plenty of upgrade tips and ideas, make for great reading. It also includes a blow-by-blow account of the author’s restoration of a 1971 750cc Commando. Price: $34.95.

6. The New Year is here, and if you don’t have a 2012 calendar yet, allow us to suggest getting yourself one that features great British motorcycles. Pick your poison: Triumph or Norton, straight from the fine folks at Baxter Cycle in Marne, Iowa. The Classic Triumph Calendar features a nice mix of the older Triumphs you’d expect including Bonnies, Trophys, T-birds, a Trident and more, along with a lovely Nineties Daytona sportbike. The Classic Norton Calendar sticks to classic Norton singles and twins, with a good selection of various Commandos throughout. Price: $20 each (plus $5 shipping).

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