By: Renee “Belt Drive Betty” Charbonneau
Our 2018 Christmas Gift Guide: helping you find great products from Rider Owned, Rider Friendly Businesses…
The Rider Friendly Business Association is filled with small businesses that truly want to help you find that perfect gift, piece of jewelry, clothing, book, bike, hotel, motel, experience….
The gift ideas numbering system is based on when the idea was sent in to us, not by any special rating or ranking.
The First 8 Gift Ideas come from U Need Parts dot CA.
Oil coolers, primary covers, brake pedals, audio headsets, grips and more await at uneedparts.ca
Gift idea number 9 is a real winner – a trip to ride BMW motorcycles in Tibet!
This 10 day vacation includes a host of items: 6 days of riding, your motorcycle rental and insurance, all attraction passes, your Chinese Visitors Visa, your Chinese Motorcycle License, all of your hotel rooms and breakfasts, transfers to and from the hotel and airport, and a tour guide and chase truck! A special damage deposit agreement was arranged at $1000 US for the F800GS, there are other bikes available.
Easy Rider Tours in Tibet has arranged for a special Airfare price which is $600 Canadian ROUND TRIP, with 2 bags and a meal included. The entire trip will cost you roughly $3000 – $3,200 American per person including your lunches, suppers, fuel and spending money (depending on your appetite).
Visit https://www.riderfriendly. com/for-riders/riding-tibet to find out more.
We are featuring two books this season from two of my most favourite lady riders and authors.
Tamela Rich’s “Hit the Road: a Woman’s Guide to Motorcycle Touring” is an amazing resource on solo riding and Liz Jansen’s “Crash Landing” tells the tale of a life very well lived.
Both books are incredible!
You can get Tamela’s Book at tamelarich.com and Liz’s book at lizjansen.com.
Gift idea number 12 is also a book, but is geared towards kids. The Bikers are Animals series by Paul Jamiol helps kids understand the different bikes and people who ride them in a fun and imaginative way, and his cartooning skills really shine through. In every book, there are colouring pages so that parents, grandparents, and kids can get in on the action!
Check them out at: bikersareanimals.com
MotoChic Gear has some incredible offerings this year; of course there is the trusty Lauren Bag that is becoming a staple in the urban lady rider’s wardrobe, which is our gift guide idea #13. MotoChic Gear is also offering up the Bess Bag and the Ladies Antimicrobial Muscle Tee as well in spots 17 & 18. See all their great ideas at: motochicgear.com
Gigi Montrose has her amazing “Fearless” jacket up for grabs in position 14. This is a wonderfully functional jacket that will protect you with its kevlar and make you feel feminine all at the same time ladies!
Check out the “Fearless Jacket” at gigimontrose.com
My friend and all round talented gal, Shaunagh McLeod is offering up her hand wrapped pendants.
These unique pieces are perfect that for the special gal in your life guys – or for yourself ladies.
Email: Shaunagh at email@example.com
Freedom Heated Clothing from Esterhazy Saskatchewan has a way to help extend that riding season. With vests, jackets, chap liners and gauntlets, you never have to be truly cold on your motorcycle again, and you can get a set of gloves, a jacket, and chap liners for about the price of heated grips!
Check them out at heatedclothing.ca
Another amazing gift idea is number 19 and it comes from Marion Redpath over at Calgary Harley-Davidson and Betty from Betty’s BnB with Air BnB. A Two Day Rental and Two Nights at Betty’s! That’s right, get the one you love a gift certificate for travel and accommodations from two wonderful owner/operators and combine them into that perfect weekend getaway. Ideal for the person who works hard and only has a short period for days off.
Contact Marion at Calgary Harley-Davidson for more details.
We also have some great stocking stuffer ideas.
from a couple of the riding clubs we promote – the Harley-Davidson of Edmonton Community Ladies of Harley Calendar that raises money for Kipnes House AND tickets on a motorcycle raffle from the Canadian Legion of Riders in North Battleford SK!!!!
Check them out too!
The Rider Friendly Business Association and Belt Drive Betty Media – Helping Riders Shop with Rider Owned, Rider Friendly Businesses!
Visit our online gift guide to see all of the gift ideas up close and personal.
If you are blessed enough to live where you can be riding, please ride like everyone around you is blind and can not see you and PLEASE, put a few miles on for me!