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This year’s holiday season is just about done, which means for those who haven’t yet finished their gift shopping it’s time to move. To help alleviate some of the pressure of the moment, we’ve selected 10 motorcycle gear and motorcycle accessory gifts that we, as motorcyclists, would be absolutely stoked to see under the tree.

Tech-Air 5: Get the rider in your life the ultimate in upper body protection with the Alpinestars Tech-Air 5.
Tech-Air 5: Get the rider in your life the ultimate in upper body protection with the Alpinestars Tech-Air 5. (Alpinestars/)

Alpinestars Tech-Air 5: $789.95

A regular on our gift guide lists, the Alpinestars Tech-Air 5 takes riding protection to an entirely new level. This self-contained airbag system provides instant protection to the shoulders, chest, and back when a crash is detected. It can be worn under any riding jacket that provides enough clearance and it features Bluetooth connectivity allowing riders to monitor operational status, battery levels, and ride analytics. The Tech-Air app also gives riders the chance to select between Street and Race modes for the system. It is, at this time, the pinnacle of upper body ride protection.

The Alpinestars Techdura Tactical Pack is perfect for off-road riders.
The Alpinestars Techdura Tactical Pack is perfect for off-road riders. (Alpinestars/)

Alpinestars Techdura Tactical Pack: $169.95

If you’ve got an off-road rider on your list, the Alpinestars Techdura Tactical Pack is a phenomenal gift choice. The pack is made from 1,000D poly fabric and features elements like 3D comfort mesh, a 5.5–6L main back compartment along with 0.75L lower chest and lower side pouches. The pack as a whole offers up to 9 liters of storage space. Plus, the Techdura’s design distributes weight evenly and helps to centralize mass, offering all-day comfort even in the toughest conditions. A water bladder, MOLLE webbing, and multiple small compartments only sweeten the deal.

The Arai Contour-X in Snake Red colorway is a gift that your loved one won’t soon forget.
The Arai Contour-X in Snake Red colorway is a gift that your loved one won’t soon forget. (Arai/)

Arai Contour-X: $749.95–$899.95

The Contour-X is new for 2023 and it has all the best that premium-brand Arai has to offer. The lid comes with an outer shell made from PB-cLc2 and features an additional layer of Super Fiber belting in key areas to improve impact resistance. Aerodynamic design and copious venting ensure comfort on the bike in a variety of conditions while creature comforts like a wider opening, neck roll pocket, and easy intercom installation make the Contour-X comfortable and convenient.

Keep your new Arai helmet protected with an Arai Helmet Bag.
Keep your new Arai helmet protected with an Arai Helmet Bag. (Arai/)

Arai Helmet Bag: $69.95

If you’re going to drop the big bucks on an Arai helmet, it only makes sense to get a bag capable of keeping the lid itself well protected. The Arai Helmet Bag comes with a double shield pouch and padded shoulder straps which can be tucked away in a zipper compartment when not in use. The bag is large enough to fit any Arai helmet and promises 360-degree protection.

The Danner Moto GTX is a comfortable, casual riding boot designed with top-quality protective elements.
The Danner Moto GTX is a comfortable, casual riding boot designed with top-quality protective elements. (Danner/)

Danner Moto GTX: $480

Danner is a well-established, high-quality boot maker and the Moto GTX is perfect for the rider in your life who needs a reliable riding boot. Made with a full-grain leather upper, the Moto GTX also features Gore-Tex lining, D3O ankle protection, a medial clutch guard, and a Vibram Megagrip outsole. The GTX

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By: Byron Wilson
Title: 2023 Holiday Motorcycle Gift Guide
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/gear/holiday-motorcycle-gift-guide/
Published Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2023 11:00:00 +0000

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K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer

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Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed
When the Honda Dax was brought back into production a couple of years ago, K-Speed wasted little time getting their grubby paws on it. The Thai powerhouse’s founder, the mysterious Mr Eak, had a 50 cc Dax as a teenager—and the workshop is particularly good at customizing small Hondas. So a K-Speed-customized Dax was inevitable.

Two years on, and K-Speed is still finding interesting ways to cram massive levels of badassery into Honda’s bite-sized mini-bike. This time, they’ve turned the Dax into an uber-sassy—albeit impossibly compact—café racer.

Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed

Although K-Speed churns out countless custom bikes a year for paying customers, this one was a shop build. Eak wanted to see how far he could push the 2024-model Honda ST125 Dax, visually, without modifying its pressed steel frame (which also houses its fuel tank). Luckily K-Speed has an extensive range of Honda mini-bike parts to draw from, manufactured under their ‘Diabolus’ brand.

Dubbed ‘Puppy Racer,’ K-Speed’s custom Honda Dax benefits most from a radical stance adjustment. The crew started with a new Diabolus front end, comprising upside-down forks and a more modern-looking top yoke. It sits lower than the stock setup, as do the twin Diabolus shocks that now prop up the rear.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-dax-cafe-racer
Published Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2024 16:11:01 +0000

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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style

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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style
2024 Shelby Super Snake unveiled at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction.

As thousands of car enthusiasts streamed through the gates of The World’s Greatest Collection Car Auctions on Thursday, they were met with sunshine, blue skies and over 600 collector cars on display at the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction.

The auction site at the South Florida Fairgrounds offered something for everyone on the first day of the event. Guests were able to see all the collector cars before they had their turn on the famous auction block, check out interactive displays and demonstrations from more than 100 exhibitors and sponsors, and grab a bite to eat from a wide variety of offerings.

The day’s activities included the demonstration of a 1976 Leopard 1 A5 Battle Tank (Lot #696), which will cross the block with No Reserve on Saturday, April 20, highlighted by the unmistakable rumble of its 37.4-liter turbocharged diesel engine and the turning of the turret. Additional demonstrations are scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. near the South Showcase.

Another must-experience highlight of the day was an exhilarating ride around the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track with a professional driver at the Dodge Thrill Rides and Ford Hot Laps. In addition, the Volvo Driving Experience gave guests the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a new Volvo for a cruise along the streets of Palm Beach.

Of course, the real not-to-be-missed element of the event was watching all the exciting bidding action in the arena itself.

The morning’s activity began with nearly 200 examples of collectible cool up on the block during the Automobilia Auction, where Lot #6299.2, a large Kenny Rogers Roasters light-up sign and Lot #6298.4, a Chevrolet OK Used Cars neon sign, proved to be the stars of Thursday’s show. Three gas pumps also took the spotlight: a 1940s-50s Gulf Bennett Model #646 (Lot #6291) and a late-1940s/early-50s Gulf Oil Premium Gasoline Tokheim 39 (Lot #6292). A late-1940s/early-1950s Texaco Bennett Model 756 (Lot #6289.1) rounded out the day’s top five automobilia sales.

Before the collector cars started to cross the block for the day, Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson was joined on the block by President Steve Davis, along with Shelby American President Gary Patterson, Vice President of Operations Vince LaViolette, and Sales and Marketing Manager Kash Singh, as well as Tracy Smith, Executive Vice President of Carroll Shelby International, to debut Shelby’s latest creation: the 2024 Shelby Super Snake. The special car, along with a convertible version, will be on display throughout the Palm Beach event in the Shelby American display.

Over 175 of the more than 600 No Reserve collector cars on this year’s docket took their turn on the block Thursday, with 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible (Lot #106.1), a 1970 Ford Torino custom coupe (Lot #100.1), 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante (Lot #103) and a 1968 Ford Mustang GT convertible (Lot #108) all taking top honors for the day.

The first two cars from John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection had their turn in the spotlight today. The first, a 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible (Lot #82), was among the top sales of the day, and it was followed by Lot #82.1, a 1974 Volkswagen Thing convertible. The remaining vehicles in the collection will cross the block on Friday and Saturday with No Reserve.

The Palm Beach Auction runs through Saturday, with tickets and bidder registration available on Barrett-Jackson.com. Join us this weekend and soak in all the excitement the auction has to offer.

Enjoy the video below of Wednesday night’s Opening Night Party, as well as a gallery of activity in the auction arena and around the site today.

Shelby fans in the Auction Arena during the unveil.

LOT #106.1 – 1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE

Barrett-Jackson guests checking out the collector vehicles in the South Showcase.

LOT #82 – 1962 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE

LOT #696 – 1976 LEOPARD 1 A5 BATTLE TANK – NO RESERVE

LOT #100.1 – 1970 FORD TORINO CUSTOM COUPE

Volvo Driving Experience.

LOT #103 – 2007 ASTON MARTIN DB9 VOLANTE

Dodge Thrill Rides.

LOT #108 – 1968 FORD MUSTANG GT CONVERTIBLE

Guests waiting to go on a Ford Hot Lap.

2024 Shelby Super Snake convertible in the Shelby American display.

LOT #6298.4 – CHEVROLET OK USED CARS NEON SIGN ON STAND

LOT #6291 – 1940S-50S GULF BENNETT MODEL #646 GAS PUMP and LOT #6292 – LATE-1940S/EARLY-50S GULF OIL PREMIUM GASOLINE TOKHEIM 39 GAS PUMP

LOT #6289.1 – LATE-1940S/EARLY-1950S TEXACO BENNETT MODEL 756 GAS PUMP

LOT #6299.2 –

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2024-palm-beach-auction-highlights-day-1/
Published Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 21:00:23 +0000

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La Dolce Vita: Cranking the Vespa GT 200 up to eleven

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Turbocharged Vespa GT 200 with handmade bodywork
We have a particular affinity for modern Vespa scooters around here. Our founding editor, Chris Hunter, used to commute on one in Sydney, I used to commute on one in Cape Town, and our good friend, Winston Yeh, bops around Taipei on his (a black one, naturally). But we wouldn’t have the first clue on how to customize a modern Vespa.

They’re cute enough as they are, begging to be lightly accessorized rather than heavily modified. It takes a lot of imagination to look past the iconic bodywork and see something radically different. Luckily, Adam Eldridge has imagination in spades.

Turbocharged Vespa GT 200 with handmade bodywork

Based in Austin, Texas, Adam’s a fabricator who’s spent the last two decades honing his craft. Working under the banner of Python Lair Designs, he’s built custom bicycles, choppers, and hot rods, and has even tackled interior architectural metalwork.

The commission for the Vespa came from Guido DeVita—an enigmatic 70-something-year-old petrolhead with an equal love for cars and bikes, and zero regard for convention. Adam’s done regular work for Guido’s business, ilGaragista, and describes it as “a custom shop with no boundaries other than a checkbook.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: La Dolce Vita: Cranking the Vespa GT 200 up to eleven
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-vespa-gt-200
Published Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 20:02:02 +0000

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