Touring demands that riders be prepared for whatever comes their way, whether it’s an unexpected downpour or flat tire. While seeing new locales is high on our list of things to do during the coming riding season, Motorcycle USA is hunkering down during the cold months to make sure we have everything in order beforehand. All that work has yielded some great gift ideas for this holiday season, which we proudly present in the 2012 Touring Motorcycle Gift Guide.
Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet
The Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet is a first-rate lid that boasts high-tech features and meticulous design to meet the needs of adventure touring riders everywhere. Based on the popular Multitec helmet, the Neotec takes modular helmets to the next level with improved shell aerodynamics, a wider and taller field of vision and a full list of amenities to ensure a proper, comfortable fit. The 3-D Max-Dry interior liner is fully removable and cheekpads are interchangeable, a built-in QSV-1 sun shield gives quick relief from glare and it’s sized to accommodate a full range of eyeglasses. Ventilation is achieved by a number of strategically placed intake and exhaust vents, and the chin bar flips up with the press of an easy to access button that’s been enlarged to allow for use while wearing riding gloves. It meets or exceeds DOT safety standards and has a channeled, dual-layer EPS liner to enhance impact absorption and ventilation. – Bart Madson
ICON Patrol Waterproof Jacket
For the touring rider who prefers a combination of both form and function, there is the ICON Patrol Waterproof Jacket. ICON makes its home in the Pacific Northwest so the company has a legitimate interest in creating functional waterproof riding gear. The Patrol Jacket is a high-end jacket that doesn’t compromise either style for the sake of quality. Constructed out of waterproof sealed nylon, the Patrol incorporates YKK waterproof zippers, plenty of ventilation points, removable CE armor and has a water-bladder holder for your hydration system. The patrol has been on a number of Adventure Touring rides with the MotoUSA crew and it has never let us down. Its comfortable, has more than enough storage pockets for any need and the yellow version stands out against a dark sky. – Ken Hutchison
REV’IT Horizon Jacket
The REV’IT Horizon Jacket provides enough versatility to be perfect during the cold winter months and still be a prime choice once temperatures rise again in the summer. It comes with a detachable thermal liner and can be sealed to 100% waterproof thanks to the innovative sealing system which allows riders to close the large airvent panel, even while riding. Knox Flexiform CE protection in the shoulders and elbows, an EVA foam backpad and Knox Advance X CE back protector provide ample protection and laminated reflection points at the chest, back and upper arms mean you’ll be visible in low-light conditions. – Bart Madson
MotoCentric 1-Piece Rain Suit
True adventure-seekers are prepared for everything, especially rain, making the MotoCentric 1-Piece Rain Suit a perfect choice for the touring aficionado. The 100% waterproof PU coated nylon suit has Velcro gusseted cuffs and zipper leg closures, double stitched, overlapped and heat sealed seams and a corduroy lined collar for added comfort. Reflect-A-Light MotoCentric logo and piping help keep you visible and a double layer storm flap keeps water from slipping in past the main zipper. Best of all, when not in use the entire MotoCentric 1-Piece Rain Suit can be folded into one of the main pockets, allowing for a tight package that doesn’t take up too much space in the saddlebags.
Cruz Tools RoadTech Teardrop Tool Kit
Remaining in the spirit of being prepared, we recommend the Cruz Tools RoadTech Teardrop Tool Kit for the adventure-bound rider. Shaped to fit easily into nearly any aftermarket teardrop tool box, the kit includes a litany of tools bound to make the emergency stop on the side of the road much less troublesome. Included are combination wrenches sized 3/8”, 7/16”, and 9/16”, an 8” adjustable wrench, a small socket set, Hex and Torx key sets, spark-plug socket, locking pliers, cable ties and more. All tools included are mechanical grade and come with a lifetime guarantee and the whole package weighs in at just three and a half pounds.
Alpinestars RJ-5 Rain Jacket and Pants
If you are a touring rider then odds are you will get caught riding in the rain one day. The Alpinestars RJ-5 Rain Jacket & Pants are one of the best wet-weather combos on the market and one of our preferred pieces of must-have gear. Our staff has used these on many occasions including torrential downpours on the Blue Ridge Parkway, surviving surprise winter rain storms on the west coast and even used them as backup riding gear during a few snowboarding expeditions. The pull-over design requires that you take your helmet off in order to gear-up so the RJ-5 hasn’t been lauded for its ease of use. It does look good and is designed to fit over the top of existing riding gear. A Velcro belt tightens up the jacket while elastic cuffs keep the sleeves tight against your gloves. The matching RJ-5 Rain Pants feature an elastic waist and zippered legs so you can cinch them nice and tight over almost any type of riding boot. The RJ-5 gear is constructed of a light nylon material so it rolls up nice and small for easy storage. It’s proven to be durable after repeated uses and is an easy gift that will pay dividends one day. – Ken Hutchison
MSRP: Jacket: $64.95 Pants: $54.95
Alpinestars Ridge Waterproof Boots
The Alpinestars Ridge Waterproof Boots provide generous protection from the elements and superior comfort in one package. These CE certified boots have dual-density lateral and medial ankle caps as well as internal heel and toe counters layered under full-grain leather. The waterproof Daystar lining will ensure your feet stay dry in the heaviest downpours and an instep Velcro adjuster and Achilles flex zones allow for optimal comfort. Alpinestars vulcanized rubber compound soles ensure plenty of grip and double width adjustable hook-and-loop straps allow for a perfect fit, every time.
Firstgear Men’s Heated Rider Gloves
The Firstgear Men’s Heated Rider Gloves will allow you to extend the riding season well into the colder winter months. Covered in Grade-A, top-grain cowhide, the Heated Rider gloves also have pre-curved fingers and a rubber face shield wiper, as well as an elastic wrist and adjustable hook-and-loop gauntlet closure for a secure fit. The feature of primary interest is the easy to control electric heating system. While it does require the purchase of a separate heat controller, of which Firstgear has many options, once connected the gloves are DC-heated and can be warmed to over 100-degrees. Easy temperature adjustment allows you to customize just how warm things get.