Find the Perfect Gift for a Merry Moto Christmas

Find the perfect gift for the classic bike fan on your list.

| January/February 2014

1. Here’s the perfect gift for the rider who wants modern technology in a historic context — the new Brough Superior SS100. Powering the new Brough is a V-twin unlike anything founder George Brough ever employed — an 8-valve, twin cam, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 997cc V-twin running 11:1 compression to produce up to 140 horsepower. Custom manufactured by Mark Upham’s relaunched Brough Superior, no two SS100s will be exactly alike as each will be tailored to customer specifications. What price exclusivity? Expect to pay around $80,000. 

2. Does your riding buddy need something better than the old duffel bag he strapped to his seat for your last week-long trip? Get him the Beta Plus Rear Bag from Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage. The Beta Plus adds extra capacity to the standard duffel shape by adding “legs” to both ends of the bag, which give it extra capacity and helps keep it situated on your seat while staying clear of the exhaust on most bikes. The bag mounts to your bike using three quick-release straps, one around the rear of the bike and two to the passenger pegs or the subframe. The bag’s silver interior makes it easier to spot what you’re looking for, and a non-skid/non-scratch material on the base and four outside compression straps keep the load tight. Price: $169.99.

3. Looking for a calendar for the Triumph fan in your life? The folks at Baxter Cycle in Marne, Iowa, have you covered. Filled with a lovely mix of vintage Triumph Motorcycles including Bonnies, Trophies and T-Birds, this year’s highlights include a fabulous Rickman-framed T150 Trident, a custom Trackmaster-framed 750cc street tracker built by Eddie Mulder, a rare U.K. market 1975 T140V Bonneville and a 1946 500cc 3T. Price: $25.

4. In the heady days of the late Sixties and early Seventies, motorcycle manufactures pushed aside the old in search of The Next Big Thing with new designs and more cylinders for more power. Superbikes and the 70s tells the story of the revolution in motorcycle design and marketing that changed motorcycling forever, focusing on game changing machines like Triumph/BSA’s 750 triples, Honda’s CB750 Four and Kawasaki’s 903cc Z1. An absolute must for any serious student of motorcycle history. Price: $28.99.

5. While we’re fans of “restorations” of all kinds here at Motorcycle Classics, we enjoy a good custom build, too. Check out the 2014 Bike EXIF Calendar, which highlights EXIF’s pick of 13 of the year’s best custom motorcycles, including the very cool cover bike, builder Mateusz Stankiewicz’s custom Honda CX500. Other bikes include a Yamaha XJR1300 called “Monkeefist” from builders the Wrenchmonkees, an ultra-clean custom Moto Guzzi Le Mans from Kaffeemaschine and more. Price: $15.99 plus shipping.

6. Perfect for a buddy with a British bike, these 100 percent U.S.A.-made billet and brass petcocks from European Spares LTD feature a brass ball valve, two Viton seals, a replaceable screw-in filter and are tested to 35psi. They’re suitable for Triumphs, Nortons and more. They also fit pre-1971 BSAs if you use a 3/8in-to-1/4in thread adapter. They’re available in standard and reserve versions with a barbed hose end or a threaded end for stock fuel line fittings. Price: $76.45. 

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