Top ten gifts for motorcyclists

By Simon Hancocks
HancocksToad Rides a KTM 125 Duke, mad keen race fan, in fact, mad keen about everything about biking,
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 10. Tickets to British Superbike Championship (BSB)

Widely regarded as the most competitive domestic championship in the world, BSB is attracting big names like Bennetts’ backed Sylvain Guintoli. Why not share this experience with your loved one and head down to an event? There is sure to be one close to where you live with the season starting in April running through till October.

For more information head to - http://www.britishsuperbike.com/

Halfords Bike Cover

9. Motorcycle cover

Now this may seem like the dullest item listed here but it’s not. I was bought a bike cover a few years back and was genuinely appreciative. Not having to scrape the frost off my seat before a ride was great. Not getting a soaked  backside on rainy mornings was a winner. Knowing that any would be thief is going to have to fiddle about with the fastener located under the bike for at least 10 minutes (as I had to every morning) was piece of mind!

Available from most motorist shops including Halfords, prices from £18 - £50

multi screen motogp video pass

8. MotoGP Video Pass

The MotoGP video pass is a must have for any hardcore race fan. Not only do you get all the same live features as the TV coverage but all the access to the timing screens that the commentators get. There are multi-screens and the option of riding on board with any rider on the grid. Yes, it is a little bit more than subscribing to the BTSport coverage but the features are never ending including every MotoGP race from the past and 500cc two-strokes!

The off season pass which includes access to the archive footage and the winter tests is priced at €24.95 and is available from https://secure.motogp.com/en/subscribe

Muc-Off kit

 7. Muc-Off Bike Clean and Lube Kit

Give the biker in your life the gift of a clean bike this Christmas. Vehicle cleansing experts Muc-Off have bundled together their bike protecting knowhow in this handy set to help shield a bike from the harshest of the winter grime. A bike cleaner to remove the dirt, a protector spray to prevent corrosive build up and a chain lube to keep everything running smoothly! Available from Halfords for £20 - Click here

alpinestars Socks

 6. Alpinestars Socks

What is Christmas without socks? That’s right, rubbish. Then why not provide your loved one with a pair that they will actually enjoy wearing! These socks are made by Alpinestars and are designed to keep your feet cool and dry in the summer heat while warm and cosy in winter. Long enough to wear under a motocross boot and anti-bacterial to boot!

Available from all good motorcycle dealers for around £20

Milestones TT calendar
 

5. Milestones TT Calendar

TT regular, artist, and contributor to this fair site Rachael Clegg launches here 2017 calendar which, as ever is filled with stunningly shot scenes of the iconic mountain course.  This time though Rachael decided to take a different route and based the shoot in a studio with Rachel ‘Interacting’ with the scene in each photo. There are also quotes included which give some insight into the scenario and the riders taking part in the amazing event.

The Milestones 2017 calendar is £22.00, go to - http://www.rachaelclegg.com/milestones-calendar

Drift Stealth 2 Helmet Camera

4. Drift Stealth 2 Helmet Camera

The Drift Stealth 2 is a compact and robust camera that can record video in 1080p HD and links up to your phone to becomes a remote control and video editing station. Ideal for the rider who wants a safety net in the event of a prang or for the trackday rider in your life, who just wants to relive that run through the Old Hairpin at Donington Park again and again and…

The Drift Stealth 2 is available from BikeNation.co.uk for £99.99 with free delivery

BSB 2017 calendar

3. BSB Charity Calendars

What could be better, a stylish calendar for the man cave or shed that’s overflowing with photos of the girls of the BSB championship that’s also raising much needed money for the Simon Andrews Fund. And should the household need some balance you can also adorn your walls with some classy shots of the riders of 2017.

Calendars are £15 each and only available from http://www.si-andrews.com/shop/

100% of the proceeds go directly to the Simon Andrews Fund.

2. Ride 2 Game

Sadly, road salt, grit and biting cold make winter the quietest time for all but the hardiest of riders but don’t think that means life must be devoid of two wheeled tomfoolery! Bike racing game Ride 2 is not only one of the best quality riding sims ever but brings you some top-notch machinery to slide, scratch and crash till spring arrives.

Ride 2 is in stores and available for download now on Xbox One and PS4 and PC, with prices from around £40.00

Visit www.ridevideogame.com for more information

MotoGP season review

1. MotoGP Yearbook 2016

The 2016 MotoGP season was one of the most unpredictable and exciting in recent memory. The 68th year of top flight racing gave us nine different winners. Cal Crutchlow on the top step in MotoGP not once but twice for the first Brit' to do so in 35 years, with a wet weather masterclass from John McPhee at the same event. Add to that the possible emergence of the next alien in the form of Maverick Viñales. What could be better than recounting it all over again on Christmas morning!?

Priced at £35 - ISBN 978 1 910505 15 1

Available from all good bookshops or directly from www.evropublishing.com

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