If you are looking for a gift for a motorcycle rider, you are in luck, it’s very easy! You have dozens of options if not hundreds. But don’t just go buying any motorcycle accessory you see on the shop. In fact, I discourage you from getting anything of that sort unless specified by the “giftee”. How would you feel if you get a mascara from me that I just picked randomly from a row of identical canisters not knowing what your preference is? Instead, get them something they would like and can be useful at the same time.
Actually, there’s a big probability majority of the Philippine motorcycling population might not like some of the suggestions I have on the list but I came up with this giving priority to a rider’s safety and well-being.
REMINDER: Most of the items here are Class A products. Here’s the list….
GLOVES. Aside from a helmet, a good pair of gloves is a must-have for a rider. When a rider crashes, the body will instinctively always put a hand (or hands) out to protect other vital parts. Without gloves, the rider would be lucky if he only suffers minor abrasion to his palm and fingers.
Look for full-fingered gloves with knuckle protectors. There’s a difference between gloves for motorcyclists and those used by mountain bikers not to mention gardening gloves. Don’t get confused.
PROTECTIVE PADS. A lot of riders don’t realize that wearing proper protective gears is always a must. A hoodie or pair of Levi’s is not enough to protect the rider’s knees, shins shoulders and elbows.
A full body armor or an armored jacket offers additional protection with pads to the shoulder, back and chest.
HIGH VISIBILITY VESTS. Being seen on the road is very important to a motorcyclist. A bright, reflective vest can easily catch other motorists attention on the highway especially if they are multi-tasking on their smart phone.
RAINCOAT. Rain is one of the worst enemy of a rider. A good raincoat should be able to keep the rider dry and comfortable. Most riders prefer a poncho because it can easily be worn but offers less protection from the rain. Go for a 2-pice raincoat but please stay away from those made of thick plastics or rubber like that used by your kids.
BALACLAVA. The thing with helmets is they don’t get washed
at all often. A blaclava keeps the helmet clean as well as the rider’s face and neck.
All pictures on this post were taken from the web. Credits to the owners.
TIRE INFLATOR. Getting a flat tire is a common experience to most motorists. Motorcycles especially are more prone to a tire puncture because of the relatively small and thinner tire. Being able to inflate and seal punctured tire without going to a vulcanizing shop can be done with a portable tire inflator. It’s a pressurized can with a sealant and compressed air.
Cycle Seal is a tire sealant placed on the interior of the tire prior to use. It automatically seals the tire if punctured.
LOCK. Parked motorcycles are secured by locking its handlebar to one side thanks to the default locking mechanism common to all bikes. However, this is not foolproof and extra precautions are needed.
CARE PRODUCTS. There are a lot of options what cleaning products you can give as a gift. These are the same as those used in cars.. Not the interior care products of course, or those for windshield care. Look for a degreaser, a shampoo, a color enhancer, etc
FUEL. And of course, the common denominator of all motorcycles. No silly, you don’t need to haul five liters of Petrol to the party. Get re-loadable fuel card.
As you may have noticed, I did not include HELMET on the list. A rider should already own one. If they don’t, there’s no point in encouraging them to continue riding. If they ask for an additional helmet, go ahead. Make sure it fits well. Happy shopping and thank you for making that rider a safer and more responsible motorist with your gift!
You have something to add to my list? Let us know in the Comments. 🙂