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2018 Iron Trader News Holiday Gift Guide

By Vincent Stemp

Shed No Tears
The S&S Teardrop is a shape loved by tuners as well as builders, but this cool new mini version is designed around the Stealth high flow air cleaner system for a new spin on the classic. Available in chrome or gloss black, it’s a great winter project for your favorite biker. More at sscycle.com

Wearin’ The Pants
Wrangler Jeans have been a part of the “fabric” of our country for more than half a century, and they’ve got some great gift ideas for that hard-working, hard-riding person in your life. From handsome shirts to their signature tough jeans, Wranger’s got something that will fit under the tree. Check out more gift ideas at wrangler.com

Who’s A Foo?
If you know a biker who also enjoys the driving jams of the Foo Fighters, Harley-Davidson has the perfect ticket for your shopping list this holiday season. H-D dealerships partnered up with the Foo Fighters to bring you this collection of authentic shirts, caps, and sweatshirts. Check them out at h-d.com

Time To Split
Everyone knows the Biltwell Lane Splitter is the coolest helmet seen anywhere since Elio de Angelis raced for Lotus. (google it!) Just in time for the holidays, Biltwell has brought out this rad lid in some awesome new colors, like Flat Coyote Tan and Gloss Storm Grey. Check ‘em out at Biltwellinc.com

Give ‘em The Bird!
Kuryakyn and John Shope of Dirty Bird Concepts have teamed up to bring you the Vantage Signature Series of accessories for Indian Motorcycles. These custom parts will help your favorite Indian rider stand out even more in a crowded world of ubiquitous V-twin hardware. Check them out, along with other custom parts at kuryakyn.com

Be The Star
Alpinestars is best known for their sportbike racing suits and gear, but now they’re bringing that high-tech approach to a cool cruiser jacket. There’s bound to be a smart and suave biker on your holiday list who would appreciate this Warhorse leather. It’s got a modern, handsome cut plus shoulder and elbow armor for function and style. Check out the whole line at alpinestars.com

Rum and Done
Nothing warms the heart like…rum! Having a nip while waiting on winter to end is a fine tradition, and Sailor Jerry is on the case. Their 92 proof spiced rum comes wrapped in sleek black leather with a Harley-Davidson embossed logo to blend two of our favorite ways to kick back…separately, of course! Find out more at sailorjerry.com

Stay Grounded…And Warm
Some riders like loud pipes, flashy chrome, and metal flake paint. Others…well, if you know a grounded, practical person who rides, get them something practical. This knit jersey from Aerostich is a perfectly boring, american-made, high quality piece of layering for winter riding. It’ll never start a rousing debate at the bar, but it’ll be appreciated every time it’s worn! Find more at aerostich.com

What Is Life?
The Meaning of Life According to Bikers: The Biker Book for Charity is a hard-bound book that asks a simple question of riders: what is the meaning of life? Celebrities and regular folks reply to the question, making this book an excellent way to pass the dark winter days with grand contemplations. Put it under the tree for a deep-thinking cyclist you know. Available wherever books are sold!

Bimmer Stunner
Do you know a motorcyclist who prefers his twin cylinders opposed, his saddlebags box-shaped and his mustache finely trimmed? Such a fellow would probably appreciate this handsome Beemer GS chronograph. Blue and white, like the skies over the Bavarian Alps, this timepiece will keep your favorite rider from ever being late…maybe! Check it out at Beemergs.com

Leather Work
How about something that fits in your favorite biker’s stocking this year? Nothing says “biker” like a nice wallet and chain combo, like these cool units from Hot Leathers. Check out the different colors and styles, plus a bunch of other cool leather goods at hotleathers.com

Riveting Gift Idea
A great gift for a rider in your life or one gone on to other roads, a commemorative rivet at the Harley-Davidson Museum will last for generations to come. Plus, you can have a custom message engraved on a 115th anniversary rivet for a limited time, leaving an elegant stainless steel token for you or a loved one. More info at h-dmuseum.com

“Mini” Bikes
Do you know any little riders or aspiring riders? Put this excellent kids book, The Adventures of Mimi and Moto, under the tree to help a little one in your life get familiar with motorcycles and motorcycling. Good habits start young! Available wherever books are sold.

Evel Style
Evel Knievel was a big part of growing up in America for a lot of us. Now, thanks to collector and producer Lathan McKay, a collection of bespoke and authentic Evel memorabilia is available. First up: the distinctive “Wheelie Cane,” faithful to the real thing with its crystal top and secret liquid compartment. Take a look here: https://the-evel-knievel-museum.myshopify.com/collections/archive-collection

Keepin’ It Dry
These Connect-to-Protect Trailer Plugs would be a great stocking stuffer for a gearhead in your life. Trailer connectors are always getting lost, damaged, and corroded. It’s time to spend a few bucks and protect them! Your favorite trailer user will appreciate having working trailer lights more than you know. Check them out at optronicsinc.com

Damn The Torpedoes!
It’s important to choose the right gear when you’re on your bike, but what about off it? Bikers deserve cool threads for the rest of life, and Red Torpedo has you covered. These superbly-made shirts, hoodies and accessories from the UK will add a little euro flare to your favorite biker’s wardrobe. Scope the lineup at redtorpedo.com

Axe Me Another
Most folks wouldn’t have the space or budget to put a whole chopper under the tree, but Nash Motorcycles wants to fix that. Check out the beautiful, American-made hatchet: or as Nash calls it, The Nash ChoppeR! It’s available in steel or aluminum with an American Hickory Handle. They also make rad hammers, and handmade leather slings to mount them on your two wheeled chopper! More at nashmotorcycle.com

Retro Metro
If you know a rider with a flair for vintage and european motorcycles, get over to Metro Racing right now. You’ll find tons of cool swag from most iconic vintage motorcycle companies like Bultaco, NSU, Velocette, CZ, and tons of others. There’s no room to list them all here, so get over to their site now and take a look at metroracing.com

Dressin’ Right
Nothing says holiday break like curling up on the couch with someone you love and a good film, so check out the recently released film American Dresser starring Tom Berenger and Keith David. It’s a touching tale about a widower who looks for answers on two wheels. Pick it up in a digital or physical copy anywhere you get your movies: Amazon, Google Play, Target, Walmart, etc.

Light ‘em Up
Put some sparks under the tree this season with a versatile, easy to use welder from Lincoln Electric. This Powermig 210 MP welder is a great solution to get started with welding and grow, too. It’ll handle gas shielded and flux core MIG, stick, and DC TIG processes on either a 120V or 220V power supply. Learn multiple welding techniques and get stuff fixed! More at lincolnelectric.com

Jump On It
If you know a biker who likes to be prepared (or maybe one who should be prepared more often!) then check out this Adventure Jump Start battery from MyCharge. WIth 400A of peak current, it’ll help get your favorite bike running again when things go wrong. Plus, it’s 6600mAh capacity is perfect for charging cell phones and tablets. Check it out at mycharge.com

Fantastic Plastic
It’s a big new world, where not all motorcycles are built from steel and iron. If this concept is perplexing to a rider you know, consider slipping them this book. The Composite Materials Bible by John Wanberg helps unpack some of the mysteries of modern materials like kevlar and carbon fiber to help folks have a better working knowledge of the parts that make up their bike. Published by CarTechbooks.com

Pack It Up
This handsome leather bag from Vanson leathers would be a great gift for a rider in your life. It’s made by hand right here in the USA and styled like a leather racing suit, complete with race patches, a shoulder strap and handsome brass hardware. Check it out, along with a ton of other great leather products at vansonleathers.com

Take It Easy
If you don’t know someone who’s a fan of Peter Fonda in Easy Rider, you need to get out more! Scope this collection of genuine memorabilia, including tons of period posters, photos, promotional materials, and more. Lots of it is even signed by the man himself! Check out the collection here: www.rallytickets.com/peterfonda/browse.aspx#/category/90/name/Memorabilia

Experience a Legend
Lots of people give “stuff” as gifts around the holidays. How about something more unique, like an experience? The Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride is the most fabulous event on two wheels during the Sturgis rally. There’s celebrity guests, a great charity auction, beautiful Black Hills scenery and a rocking live concert in the Chip ampitheater at the end. Get tickets now at legendsride.com

No matter which side of the Harley vs. Indian war you’re on, Cruisin’ Goods has the sign for you – and so much more for gearheads of all stripes. Visit: www.cruisingoods.net/

There’s noting like an extra hand in the garage and MYCHANIC.com fills the bill. The powerful, compact Pod Light ($19.99) helps on the workbench or under the hood. The modular Sidekick Stool ($109.99) is adjustable, durable and spacious. You’ll wonder how you lived without it. 833-497-6300, MYCHANIC.com


San Antonio (September 20, 2017): Today at Cowboy’s Alamo City Harley-Davidson in San Antonio, retired Air Force medic, Lisa Benjamin, was honored with a Harley-Davidson Model Year 2018 Street Glide Special powered by the new Milwaukee Eight Engine. The surprise moment was part of MISSION: “THANK YOU” – a cross-country tour led by Adam Sandoval to celebrate the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedom.

Lisa Benjamin enlisted after the 9/11 attacks and served as an Aeromedical Evacuation Medic in the Air Force. She was deployed in Iraq in 2003 – before she was even truly eligible to deploy she was sent as a replacement for an injured crew member where after only six months of training she stepped up and excelled. Serving more than eight years, she deployed to Iraq, Germany and flew rescue missions when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.

Every American can nominate a military member – past or present – who has dedicated their life to protecting our freedom by submitting their story of sacrifice, strength and courage of service at MissionThankYou.com. A panel consisting of Adam Sandoval, Wounded Warrior Project representatives and Harley-Davidson leadership will select which seven other deserving military members will be honored with new motorcycles.

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Holiday Gift Ideas from ITN!

The holidays are right around the corner, but there’s plenty of options for the rider or gearhead on your shopping list. We’re brought together a few of our favorites, so take a look at our guide to gifts big and small for that special two-wheeled someone!

Tin Signs from Scott Jacobs Studio

Scott Jacobs Tin Signs

The holiday’s are right around the corner so show your loved ones how much they mean to you by giving them signed and dedicated Scott Jacobs tin signs! Contact: 760-471-9913,
www.scottjacobsstudio.com, facebook.com/scottjacobsstudio93

White Wall Cobra Tyres from Avon

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Everyone who rides wears out tires, so put the Avon AV71 cobra on your list with features like excellent grip, wet weather performance and impressive mileage. Contact: 800-624-7470, www.avonmoto.com

Custom HSR Carburetor Black Tops from Mikuni

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Add some class to a Mikuni HSR carburetor with these handsome black powder coated top kits. At just $29.99, they make a great stocking stuffer! Contact: www.MikuniPower.com

Peristyle Gloves from Roland Sands Design


Inspired by classic motocross gloves, the new Peristyle combines top grain cowhide uppers and palm panels with an ergonomic fit and classic motocross styling. Stocking and gloves belong together this holiday season! Contact: 562-493-5297, www.rolandsands.com

On-Board Storage from Motopocket


Made in the USA, these organizers attach to your windshield, top or side cases, handlebars, and more for more useful, organized space on your motorcycle. Great for touring or commuting, they’ll help keep your disorganized biker together on the road. Contact: www.motopockets.com

Caldwell Performance Boot from H-D Footwear

HDF Caldwell D96036

With a weatherproof lining and shock-absorbing soles for the walk after the ride, these boots from H-D Footwear are sure to keep your favorite rider’s feet happy all year long! Contact: a href=”http:///www.harley-davidsonfootwear.com”>H-D Footwear

Smooth Longtail Pipes from Samson Exhaust


Now you can get the smooth look of the non-removable Samson Longtail exhaust tip with the convenience of a removable or replaceable baffle. The sound your favorite rider loves with the option to tone it down! Contact: 605-720-7676, ww.samsonusa.com

MX-9 Adventure Helmet from Bell

BELL Mx-9 Adventure Matte black

Does your favorite rider like the street and the dirt? The new Bell MX-9 offers the best of both worlds. DOT certified, it’s even priced around $200 to fit under the tree! Contact: www.bellhelmets.com

Hooded Sweat Shirts from Hot Leathers

Hot Leathers

Every biker loves a good sweat shirt! Printed with original Hot Leathers artwork, these hoodies will look great ride after ride as well as off the bike. Contact: www.hotleathers.com, facebook.com/hotleathers

High Tail Hi-Vis Rain Suit from H-D MotorClothes

H-D ReflectiveMen's High Tail Rain

If your favorite biker loves to hit the road regardless of weather, temperature, or time of day, this reflective reflective rain suit from H-D might be in order to keep the season warm and dry. Nothing says “love” like dry pants, trust us! Contact: www.h-d.com/store

Dual Touring Saddle from Corbin

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Designed to maximize the long range capabilities of your ride, this saddle is shaped to offer support for rider and passenger on the long haul. Backrests are available, as well as seat heaters! It’s a gift that keeps giving, mile after mile. Contact: 800-538-7035, www.corbin.com

Emergency Kits from Adventure Medical Kits

Emergency kits

If you worry about a rider you love this holiday season, consider getting them one of these emergency kits. They include a first aid kit, survival bivvy, and other survival supplies like fire tools, a compass and a signal mirror. Contact: www.adventuremedicalkits.com

Sportster Hop-Up & Customizing Guide from Wolfgang Publications


Get your favorite Sportster rider something just for them like this info-filled book on modifying, building and customizing H-D Sportster motorcycles. 144 pages of advice, help, resources and inspiration should get that project moving! Contact: www.wolfpub.com

Burst Collection Fuel Tank Door from H-D Parts & Accessories

Burst fuel tank door

A great touch for ’08 and up H-D Touring bikes, this edgy Burst Collection fuel tank door contrasts nicely between a black anodized finish and machined aluminum areas. Sized great for your favorite H-D fan’s stocking! Contact: www.h-d.com

Tickets from the Sturgis Buffalo Chip


Give someone the gift of good times at the Legendary Buffalo Chip’s Party of the Century. Music, fun, friends about, and with the next rally marking the 75th anniversary, it’ll be the gift they’ll remember forever! Contact: www.buffalochip.com

Bolt-On Sissy Bar from Gasbox


This easy-install sissy bar for ’94-’03 Sportsters makes a great gift. Now your favorite Sportster rider can stash more gear without any fabrication or welding! Available from Lowbrow Customs. Contact: www.lowbrowcustoms.com

Auxiliary Street Glide Lighting from H-D Parts & Accessories

H-D Custom Auxiliary Light Kit black

Your favorite Street Glide rider will love this Auxiliary Lighting Kit, designed to provide extra lighting and elegant style for ’14 and up Street Glide and Street Glide Special models. Contact: www.h-d.com

Air Series Seat Cover from Pro Pad

ProPadMedium Air Seat Cover on Dyna (2)

Keep your favorite bum cool and dry when the hot weather returns with this mesh seat cover from Pro Pad. Available in a range of sizes, these cover feature handy velcro and elastic installation for a cooler ride fast. Contact: 800-403-2714, www.propadinc.com

Magnum Jacket from Victory

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Give your favorite Victory rider something to show off their loyalty with this Victory jacket, which features a removable long sleeve hoodie liner and multiple hidden ventilation panels. Contact: www.victorymotorcycles.com

Wide Blade Lever Sets from Drag Specialties

Drag LeverSet

These top-quality levers use a late-style, flat design to provide your handlebars with a classic look. They’re available in both a chrome or matte black finish. Contact: www.dragspecialties.com

FairingSheath Fairing Cover from Bike Sheath


Help your favorite bagger rider keep his nose dry. The FairingSheath covers the exterior of the fairing, including the headlight and windshield to protect the sensitive electrical components found in modern touring motorcycles. Contact: www.bikesheath.com

“Motorcycle Drag Racing: A History” from Gear Head Publishing


If you think your favorite biker knows about drag racing, teach him a new trick with this handsome book by John Stein. 250 pages and more than 200 photographs help explain the birth and spread of a craze that grips gearheads to this day. Contact: 310-459-7542, www.gearheadpublishing.com

Summit Touring Seat from Mustang

Mustang Summit Seat

If you know someone lucky enough to own a 2014 model H-D Touring bike, then maybe they need another treat like this Summit seat from Mustang. Designed with passenger and rider comfort in mind, it even offers dual-temp seat heaters. Contact: www.mustangseats.com

FXRG Dual Helmet from H-D Parts & Accessories

Riding Road

This lid offers the best of both worlds: the coverage a full face helmet with the optimization to be used comfortable in open-face mode. Great for that indecisive rider you know! Contact: www.h-d.com

Performance Luggage from Küryakyn

Kuryakyn XKursion

Wish your favorite biker took you along on more two-up rides? Send a not so subtle message with this handsome luggage from Küryakyn. Thermoformed construction ensures durable shape retention and premium materials ensure a long life on the road. Contact: www.Küryakyn.com

Crash Bar Protectors from ProGuard


Protect last year’s gift with this year’s! These handsome black guards install easily to protect your crash bars, for easy cleaning and extra protection for the exposed chrome finish. Contact: www.ProGuards.net

Pinup Calendar from FastDates.com

Iron&LAce Cal

Let’s just admit it: most guys like a pinup calendar in the garage. Between the dangerous chemicals, dirt and clutter of spare parts and bikes, a pinup calendar adds a real feeling of home! Makes a great stocking stuffer. Contact: www.fastdates.com

Stout 4″ Bagger Mufflers from Kerker

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Get your biker what he really wants: more power! These Kerker slip-ons offer a claimed 9 hp and 9 ft/lb increase in power, and offering a throatier sound than stock pipes. Contact: 216-265-8400, www.SuperTrapp.com

Biker T-Shirts from Cultured Biker

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Made by bikers for bikers right here in the USA, these T-shirts make a doubly generous gift: for each shirt sold, Cultured Biker gives a shirt to an abused child in partnerships with organizations focused on protecting children. Contact: www.culturedbiker.com

Custom Exhaust Heatshields from Lowbrow Customs


These kits are just want every biker wants: a functional, attractive custom touch they can use as an excuse to play around in the garage. Available in finned, fish scale and smooth designs. Contact: 855-4LOWBROW, www.lowbrowcustoms.com

0.8 Battery Charger from CTEK

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Cheaper than a new battery, this stocking-sized charger from CTEK is automatic and virtually foolproof: just plug and play! Contact: 330-963-0981, www.smartercharger.com