Gift ideas and projects for bikers

You have no idea what to buy your motorcycle beau for their birthday. If you can’t buy a new bike for your buff, think more on the line of motorcycle accessories.

Easy Accessories

  • Street gloves are usually around $30 and can protect the hands from extreme weather conditions and protect in an accident.
  • A full-faced motorcycle helmet is reasonably priced and can help keep the rider warm and safe during the ride.
  • A jacket might be just what your biker-friend needs, or at least wants for those brisk weather months.
  • Saddlebags to hold the wallets, paperwork or anything the biker might need.
  • If you truly know the taste of your cyclist, choose a decal that expresses their likes and either add it on there for them, or wait for them to choose to put it on.

DIY Gifts

If you are mechanically inclined, perhaps you’re thinking of putting your skills to use as a gift instead of buying something that needs to be wrapped.

Clean the air filter. It doesn’t sound glamorous, but how about cleaning your friend’s air filter? According to DoItYourself.com, motorcycle air filters come in three types —oiled, fabric and paper—and all are fairly easy to clean.

Install a Windshield. A proper windshield will add a layer of protection and block the wind from getting in the motorcyclist’s face. Keep in mind that most windshields are more for function than style, and they’ll probably not want one on all the time. There are removable windshields to use only when taking long trips through high winds, and keep off of the bike during regular cruising.

Frame Repair. How about a little frame repair? The website provides a few tips for this service, such as adjusting the jig and scanning for cracks.

Revive the Bike. We don’t recommend this, but if you really want to go whole hog (pun intended) on your friend’s motorcycle, have a go at it. At the high end of services is rebuilding the engine, which might involve tasks such as replacing the oil pump and head fasteners and resetting the ignition timing. How much this will cost depends on the type, model, make and age of the bike. The benefit of having the bike owner perform the labor is that it can be it’s own fun learning experience. Plus, if anything goes wrong, you won’t have to worry about losing a friend because of your poor assembly skills!

If you need further inspiration, a heartwarming YouTube video shows how two brothers secretly restore their dad’s old motorcycle, and his reaction.

[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82iVMONcwss]

You don’t have to entirely restore a classic bike, but fixing up even a small part of a motorcycle should make a fine gift that will make life on the road a lot easier and more fun on two wheels.

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