Don't Know Anything About Dirt Bikes? 10 Gift Ideas For People Who Do
It seems to happen every year, you're
cruising through your Christmas shopping list, crossing off names
as you find the perfect gift for each one, and then you get to that
one person you just don't know what to get them. You know one thing
for sure, they're really into their dirt bike and dirt bike racing
(or moto as you may have heard them mutter in conversation)-the
only problem is, you don't know the first thing about dirt
You want to surprise them and show that you really care and know the person, but if you don't know what year, make, or model dirt bike they own, trying to purchase a part or get something really specific for the bike can be nearly impossible. Heck, even if you are able to do some sleuthing and find out what kind of bike they ride, identifying what parts they want or need can still be difficult. And let's be honest, if you don't know about dirt bikes most the parts can sound like gibberish anyways, I mean, a Rekluse Adjustable Slave Cylinder Upgrade Kit? Huh?
Don't fret. We are here to help. We've put together a list of 10 items that pretty much any dirt biker would greatly appreciate, and make it look like you really know your stuff.
Donuts! Everyone likes donuts, right?
These donuts aren't for eating though. They slip over the end of
the grips and slide against the inside lip. They made from soft
neoprene and help prevent the rider from getting blisters between
the thumbs and forefinger. They only cost a couple bucks and come
in packs of two (one for each grip). Pro Taper is a pretty popular
brand in the dirt bike community so the company's [mageProductLink
sku="302-4787" title=""]Blister Busters[/mageProductLink] are a
great choice, but there are other options. For instance, if you
know the person on your list is into energy drinks then grab a set
of the Rockstar Energy Grip Donuts.
There's a lot of dirt, rocks, and
debris that gets tossed around on the motocross track and therefore
eye protection is of the utmost of importance. Most riders will
have a favorite pair of goggles that they always wear. However,
there may be that one time when they leave their goggle at home or
maybe they take spill and their goggles break. That's when a backup
pair comes in handy. Right now Chaparral is having an incredible
in-store sale on Fox Air Space goggles. Available in a variety of
colors and lens options in adult and youth sizes, these make a
great spare pair of goggles without having to dish out a ton of
Next time you're around the person on
your list, eavesdrop on their conversation to find out what they
are into (don't worry, like a vegan or a crossfitter, it'll come up
eventually in the conversation). Listen for one of the following
words: Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda, KTM, or Kawasaki. More than likely if
you hear one of those words it will be followed by either "sucks"
or "is awesome". If they say the latter then you know what bike
brand they prefer and you can then go on to purchase them a factory
hat. If that proves too difficult then asking them what their
favorite color is can usually help lead you down the right path. If
they say red, they're mostly likely a Honda person, yellow=Suzuki,
blue=Yamaha, orange=[mageProductLink sku="urb1578400"
title=""]KTM[/mageProductLink], and green=Kawasaki.
Unless they are some kind of animal, all dirt bike riders wear
socks with their motocross boots. While there's a plethora to
choose from, the nice thing about moto socks is you can't really go
wrong with your color or design choice because they're going to be
covered up by the boots anyway. Most moto socks are a little bit
longer than your standard tube sock and some are thicker or wider
so that they can slip over knee or shin protection. As you feel the
different socks you may notice the [mageProductLink
sku="tl0855-0202" title=""]Troy Lee Designs' GP[/mageProductLink]
socks are little thicker, this can help provide a bit more padding
in the footbed of the boot or help someone who purchased their
boots a little bit bigger in size so that they can grow into them,
fit a little better.
Show 'Em Some Glove
Picking out a pair of dirt bike gloves
is a rather painless process. Riders can always use another pair of
gloves because they are some of the first items to wear down
(usually developing holes in the palm area) after repetitive use.
Even if you don't know what color their favorite gear set is you
can always pick out a pair of black or all white dirt bike gloves
that will pretty much go with anything.
Dirt bike riders wear a lot of
protection, from the helmet on their heads to the boots on their
feet. What you may not notice is that many of them also wear
protective gear under their pants as well. Riding shorts are
basically underwear with padding built into them to protect the
rider from impact and the constant bumping and jumping associated
with riding on a motocross track. Made from stretchy, spandex-like
material the [mageProductLink sku="3007-5016000201" title=""]Leatt
AirFlex GPX 5.5 Impact Shorts[/mageProductLink] and Alpinestars
Compression Shorts provide padding in key areas like the upper
thigh, hips and buttocks. The AirFlex Shorts feature MoistureCool
and AirMesh fabrics for moisture wicking, ventilation, and
anti-microbial properties. For those that want to ride light and
free without extra padding or protection the Virus Stay Cool Fitted
Performance Boxers are comprised of COOL JADE infused fabric to
keep the rider cool. They also have quick dry technology to help
keep the rider dry and comfortable while anti-odor technology helps
enhance breathability for overall freshness.
You can never go wrong with a Tee shirt, everyone loves a
fresh new Tee to wear around the house or while running errands.
Off the track riders like to support the brands that support their
sport so when shopping for a Tee shirt for a motocross rider look
for shirts with names like Troy Lee Designs, FMF, Alpinestars, or
Answer Racing just to name a few. The nice thing is that pretty
much all these brands offer shirts in men's, women's, and
Roost is the dirt that flies off the
rear tire as a rider accelerates off the starting line or when
coming out of a turn. The one doing the roosting is in the clear,
those behind them end up with a pelting. To protect themselves from
dirt clods and high speed pebbles peppering their core area riders
will wear roost or chest protectors. Besides shielding from flying
debris, roost deflectors act like a turtle shell, protecting the
rider from impact against handle bars, other rider's, and the
ground. Some offer simple stomach and chest protection like the
Troy Lee Designs CP 5900 Roost Deflector while the [mageProductLink
sku="06055-014-235" title=""]Fox Racing R3 Women's Roost Deflector
[/mageProductLink]also adds the benefit of some upper arm
protection-this one is also anatomically shaped to fit a woman's
In between motos it's important for a
rider to keep their muscles loose. The best way to do that is to
stay warm. Jacket's and hoodies come in extremely handy off the
track. Depending on the weather conditions a rider might need
something light weight like the Troy Lee Designs women's hoody.
With Fox Racing's Bionic LCQ Jacket you get the comfort, softness,
and warmth of fleece with the protection of a Durable Water
Repellent exterior coating. Not quite sure what the weather is
going to do, but don't want to get caught getting washed out? The
[mageProductLink sku="037-2920-0433" title=""]Thor Pack
Jacket[/mageProductLink] compresses down into a small pouch that
can be attached to a rider's waist with the included belt. With its
portability, waterproof membrane shell, taped seams, and water
resistant zippers this jacket can be the difference between a fun
ride and a miserable one.
Bag It Up
Just like a bowler has a bag for their bowling ball or a baseball player has a bag for their bats, motocrossers have specific bags for their gear too. The Head Case Helmet Bag from Ogio features a heavy duty construction and its oversize design will fit any helmet brand or size. Besides the main helmet compartment the bag offers a few pockets to store smaller items like goggles and gloves. Speaking of goggles, to keep the spare pair of Fox Main Air Space Goggles we mentioned above safe and clean, you may want to consider getting your rider an Ogio Goggle Case. This case holds up to five pairs of goggles and protects them from scratches with its dividers and fleece-lined interior. The case has an organizer pocket as well as pockets for spare lenses, tear offs/rolls offs and more. Maybe you want to forgo the individual bags and just go big. If so, then check out the [mageProductLink sku="028-93024-001-001" title=""]One Industries Supra Roller Gear Bag[/mageProductLink]. Large enough to carry everything a racer will need for a day at the track or a weekend event, this bag can help keep all their gear neatly organized in one place. The Supra bag has plenty of space for a helmet, boots, several pairs of riding pants, jerseys, and knee braces. It also has individual smaller compartments for things like gloves, goggles, keys, and phones. Best of all, this bag makes traveling from the truck to trackside a breeze with its extended handle and sturdy wheels.