Ready to spend beaucoup cash (or just wanna dream)? Take a look at these 10 deep-pocketed motorcycle gift ideas... and if you're not exactly made of dough, we've also got some lower-priced options:
Not only does the Apple iPad's Wi-Fi capability and tons of available travel apps make it great for touring, it also doubles as a fantastic big-screen navigation system; all you'll need is the cheapest GPS-equipped 3G model ($629) and a nav program like CoPliot Live HD ($30.) Slide it into one of these, zip it into your tank bag, and ride off to your next adventure!
You can read more about the iPad's GPS features here.
Schuberth helmets have long been cult favorites in the high-end European touring market, and they've finally returned to the U.S.
Their modular C3 model is pricey, but it weighs only 3.6 pounds, its multiple vents scoop up to 2 gallons of air per second at 65 mph, and it features an acoustic collar that contributes to its extremely quiet 84 dB(A) rating at 62 mph. A Scala Cardo G4-based communication system can be added for an additional $399, and a C3W model designed for women will be available in Spring, 2011
Click here for more on helmet types.
Smartphones are stealing market share from dedicated nav systems, but if you still prefer to keep your multitasking separate, it's hard to go wrong with Garmin's zumo 660.
This waterproof unit features a 4.3 inch screen, lane-assist, Bluetooth, and all the bells and whistles you'd expect from an $800 piece of electronics... but smart shoppers should be able to pick one up for significantly less.
If you're all about straight-line speed and don't wanna bother with knee-dragging in corners, you owe it to yourself to learn the essentials of competition level drag racing.
Nine-time world champion Rickey Gadson is not only fast as hell on two wheels, he's also got a gift for communicating how to coax maximum speed from a motorcycle in the quarter mile. You can take a basic, two-day class and bring your bike for $995, but the Kawasaki ZX-14 supplied arrangement is worth every penny of the $1,195 price.
5. Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex Leather Jacket - $1,299.95
The Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex leather jacket combines the best of both worlds: it's got the look and abrasion resistance of leather and the waterproof qualities of textiles, thanks to a Gore-Tex membrane.
Expensive? You bet. But for riders ready to splurge, this is one jacket that's versatile enough to wear year-round.
Twisting the throttle is easy, but controlled speed-- which includes aggressive braking, cornering, and accelerating out of turns-- requires a level of training that simply shouldn't be approached on public streets.
Learn from the experts at Keith Code's California Superbike School, which holds two-day courses everywhere from Virginia International Speedway and Barber Motorsports Park to Infineon Raceway and Streets of Willow. They'll provide the instructors and the BMW S1000RRs; all you need is a thirst for speed and a willingness to learn.
7. Complete Titanium Arrow Exhaust System - $2,600.00
Arrow's two-into-one system did wonders for our long-term Triumph Bonneville, lending it more aggressive performance without an obnoxiously loud exhaust note. But to fully maximize the performance gains an aftermarket exhaust system, you'll want to spring for one of Arrow's fully blown competition cans, which offer stainless steel tubing and titanium silencers... Phwoar!
Dainese one-piece leather suits are already pretty slick pieces of high-tech tailoring, but their top-of-the-line Tattoo series features avant-garde design details like laser-etched Maori and Samurai-inspired patterns.
The technical goods are there, including abrasion-resistant kangaroo and full-grain cowhide, composite protectors, and aerodynamically engineered spoilers and sliders. But make no mistake, this spendy racing suit is mostly about style.
9. BST Carbon Fiber Wheels - $4,000.00
The benefits of low unsprung mass are-- well, massive. Reducing the weight of wheel and suspension components makes turn-in crisper, direction changes more instantaneous, and braking distances shorter. Lower weight even improves ride quality.
These BST carbon fiber wheels represent the ultimate in lightweight, high-performance componentry. The front wheel weighs in at a mere 12.1 pounds with rotors, and the rear measures 10.1 pounds with the sprocket hub. Two wheels with steel bearings will run $3,750, but while you're spending that kind of Monopoly money on hoops, you may as well go for broke with the $4,000 set, which features ceramic bearings.
Edelweiss has long been synonymous with exotic locales and BMW motorcycles, but a new partnership with Ducati adds an Italian twist to the Austrian-based tour company.
The new arrangement enables you to experience the stunning abilities of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 on some of the most gorgeous twisty roads in the world, in far-flung countries including Australia, Spain/Morocco, and of course Italy. The trips last between 9 and 15 days, but the memories will last a lifetime.