By John Knowles
With Christmas now approaching, you may find yourself at a loss when trying to come up with gift ideas for that hard-to-buy-for motorcyclist in your life. Most gear-heads research to find exactly what they want and then they buy it. So what’s left to give to someone who has it all?
My advice is to think small and think outside the box. The best gifts are the ones that the receiver didn’t even know they wanted. So stay away from from jackets and gloves and all of the conventional (and expensive) moto stuff and go for something different. Maybe some Evil Knievel socks or a shirt from some obscure motorcycle podcast or race track. If your rider is a KTM fan then you’ve got your work cut out for you because KTM offers everything from undies to bottle openers to scale models of their bikes in their Power Wear catalog.
One of the best gifts I ever got was a bottle of crash rocks. Let me explain that one. At a Laguna Seca track day a friend and I camped out the night before and we sat by a fire and drank craft beer. The next day I crashed but I shook the rocks out of everything and taped the fairings up and kept riding. When you crash at Laguna Seca, the gravel from the gravel traps gets EVERYWHERE. So by the time I shook most of the rocks out, there was a small mountain of them in our pit. She gathered up some of them and filled up one of the beer bottles from the night before and reinstalled the cap. She waited until my birthday, which was months later, and gave me that bottle of crash rocks. It’s a memory that I keep right with all of my trophies and crashed helmets.
So think outside the box and find someone that gift that they won’t believe you thought of. It doesn’t have to be an expensive jacket or moto trinket, sometimes the best gifts are the ones that didn’t cost a dime.