12 Motorcycle Gifts for Christmas

It's that time of year again. We review a dozen motorcycle gifts, including riding gear and several books.

| November/December 2016

  • AMA BMW R75GS.
    Photo by Tim Ohlerking
  • Vintage Rocket Leather Jacket from Joe Rocket.
    Photo courtesy Joe Rocket
  • Moto 2.0 goggles by Biltwell Inc.
    Photo courtesy Biltwell Inc.
  • Motorcycle Classics baseball cap.
    Photo by Motorcycle Classics
  • 2017 Classic Triumph Calendar by Baxter Cycle.
    Photo courtesy Baxter Cycle
  • Motorcycle Classics Special Collector Edition.
    Photo by Motorcycle Classics
  • Elkskin Gauntlets by Aerostich.
    Photo courtesy Aerostich
  • Coffee mug by John Hancox.
    Photo courtesy John Hancox
  • Norton Commando: The Complete Story by Matthew Vale.
    Photo by Motorcycle Classics
  • The Complete Book of Ducati Motorcycles: Every Model Since 1946.
    Photo by Motorcycle Classics
  • Indian Motorcycle: America's First Motorcycle Company by Darwin Holmstrom.
    Photo by Motorcycle Classics
  • How to Build a Motorcycle by Saskia Lacey.
    Photo by Motorcycle Classics

1. One of our favorite motorcycle-related gifts to give to friends and family is raffle tickets for the yearly motorcycle raffle from the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. This year’s raffle bike is a 1975 BMW R75/6, customized by renowned motorcycle builder Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles in Chicago, Illinois. Called the AMA BMW R75GS by Prust, the bike has been modified with a custom rear subframe and updated suspension front and rear including Race Tech Gold Valve emulators in the front and new Fox Street RC51 shocks in the rear. The bike has new controls, updated electronics and wiring throughout, custom paint and lighting and more. The drawing will be held at the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show in February 2017. Tickets are $5 for one or $20 for five.

2. Every classic motorcycle rider needs a good leather jacket, and if you have a friend without one, we suggest the Vintage Rocket Leather Jacket from Joe Rocket. A classically cut, understated jacket that looks good both on and off the bike, the Vintage Rocket is available in black/black with subtle brown accent stitching, or in black/white with white stripes that run down both arms (shown). Made from 1.0-1.2mm drum-dyed cowhide, the jacket has a relaxed fit, a zip-in quilted full-sleeve liner, an inside eyeglass pocket, four exterior pockets and zipper cuffs. Sharp, comfortable and stylish. Price: starting at $329.99.

3. Got a buddy who prefers an open face helmet? If they’re still using sunglasses, get them a pair of goggles to go with it. A pair of goggles offers more eye protection than sunglasses when it rains, and goggles are a great option if you wear prescription eyeglasses and wear an open-face helmet. We ordered a pair of Biltwell Inc.’s new Moto 2.0 goggles in a cool Chocolate color scheme. Made from injection-molded plastic with a clear polycarbonate, anti-fog lens, they have an adjustable elastic strap and fleece-lined foam for comfort. Available in four different colors, plus a checkered design and a lightning bolt design. Five lens options are also available. Price: $39.95.

4. Help a riding friend hide that helmet-hair with a Motorcycle Classics ball cap! Our caps are dark blue with the Motorcycle Classics logo in gray embroidery and a gray-edged brim. These sharp-looking baseball-type hats feature a comfortable fit and a hook-and-loop adjustment strap at the back. Price: $10.

5. Another great gift for the home, office or even the garage is the Classic Triumph Calendar from the fine folks at Baxter Cycle in Marne, Iowa. The 2017 calendar features a variety of Triumphs, from the new-for-2016 Triumph Bonneville 1,200cc T120 to the striking 1969 750 Trident, and even a pair of 1940s 5T Speed Twins. Price: $25 with shipping.

6. Here’s a gift you’re going to want to buy two copies of — one as a gift, and one for yourself! Motorcycle Classics is proud to announce our first Special Collector Edition celebrating Street Bikes of the ’70s. We’ve put together a 100-page issue featuring some our favorite bikes from that magical decade, like the Honda GL1000 Gold Wing, the Ducati 750 Sport, the Triumph X75 Hurricane, the BMW R90S and many more. Price: $6.99

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