Easy Rider: Motorcycle gift ideas for a comfortable ride.
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Easy Rider: Motorcycle gift ideas for a comfortable ride.

So your family needs to get you a holiday gift, and a custom-engraved engine from Italy is out of the question. Tell them you want accessories. Whether your custom ride is finished or always a work in progress, the bells and whistles that make your machine turn heads and purr like a lion always put a smile on your face.

Essential Items

Depending on your budget, there's a plethora of bike accessories on the market. For example, BikeBandit motorcycle accessories carry great stocking stuffers like a tire-repair kit. It's not "sexy," but it's practical — what rider wants to be stuck on the road with a flat tire? A kit from Aerostich includes carbon-dioxide cartridges, rubber cement and patches.

Another smallish item that would fit in a stocking is a CruiserCustomizing bottle opener/keychain crafted in the shape of a motorcycle. Boring? Hey, it opens bottles and looks like a motorcycle.

Road-Trip Gifts

Is there a cross-country trek in your friend's future? Nothing says road trip like a Torc T50 Route 66 Japanese Bobber Open Frame motorcycle helmet. Even though you know your friend won't get lost, it can't hurt to supply that friend with a forearm map case. The map can be slid into the pocket, and when the rider stops at an intersection (because that's the safe thing to do), he or she can just lift an arm to check the whereabouts.

Another handy item for a lengthy (or even short) trip is a carrier, such as a Kijima rear carrier or a Yahama Europe luggage carrier. For liquid refreshment, give the rider a Camelback Blowfish hydration backpack, which holds up to 100 ounces (three liters) of fluid. It also has an expandable cargo section.

Stylish Yet Safe

Remember Arnold Schwarzenegger in "The Terminator" flying down the road in relentless pursuit of Sarah Connor? You can help your gift recipient develop his or her own cyborg look with an Alpinestars S-MX Bionic 2 protection jacket. It comes complete with armored elbows, shoulders and chest should the motorcyclist come across other cyborgs on the road.

A nice complement to the Alpinestars jacket is a pair of Dainese ignition gloves, which are made from cowhide and have aluminum knuckles. And, of course, a biker with a cool pair of gloves needs cool grips to grip. Try the Kuryakyn ISO-grips, which fit Kawasaki Vulcans, Yamaha Stars, Suzukis and Victory models. These grips have a built-in throttle sleeve, in case you're wondering.

For looks and practicality, consider a pair of Bobster Invader photochromatic motorcycle sunglasses. This item has a wrap-around frame and polarized lens, and the open cell foam keeps wind and debris out of the eyes.

Practical Gadgets

The BrakeAway motorcycle cruise control is designed to give the rider relief while keeping a feeling of control. This gadget is the first and only mechanical cruise control offering instant disengagement activated by the front brake lever. That mostly likely doesn't mean much to the non-rider, but to the seasoned veteran, it could mean a world of difference.

Remember, motorcyclists get thirsty on the road. A handy motorcycle accessory is a Kruzer Kaddy cup holder, which holds bottles and cans as well as cell phones, radios, etc. It comes in chrome, black, leather wrap and stainless steel.

Your motorcyclist friend or family member should be more than happy with these or any of the hundreds of accessories available to make life on the road a lot easier.

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