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Biker Gift Giving: The STEALTH Approach

Getting a gift for a biker isn't easy. Bikers can be choosy. They're after a certain "look." And they may already have accessories on their bike.

And if you're not close to them (or perhaps not as familiar with motorcycles in general), it can be hard to know what to buy them.

We have a few tricks to help with that! First, see our article "Getting a Gift They'll Love: Four Questions to Ask When You're NOT the Biker."

Then: Sneak into their closet (or garage, or cabinet…) and snoop through their stuff. (Just make sure to put it all back the way you found it!)

What you're looking for:

  • Boxes from electronic devices (GPS, phone, camera, radio, iPod, etc) either with or without the item in it. Take notes that include the make and model (example: GPS - Garmin - Nuvi 2595). You can use this information to get them a really awesome mount!
  • Clothing: do they have four pair of riding chaps? (If so, they probably don't like being cold when they ride, and the Desert Dawgs may be a great gift.)
  • Check out any patches sewn onto their riding clothes; this will tell you what they believe in, what they're passionate about (besides motorcycling) so you can get them things related to them

Leader products make great gifts! And, our return policy is extremely liberal. If you buy a gift from Leader and you (or they) want to return or exchange it, we don't give you hassle. That's the advantage of dealing with a small family-owned business!

To get you started (and heck, just for pure entertainment), here's a YouTube playlist of gift idea videos featuring Leader employees (and our kids!).

  • Tracey Cramer

Tight on Space? Try the URBAN Mirror Mounts!

Need to mount a phone, GPS, camera or other device on a motorcycle, but tight on space?

The URBAN Mirror Mounts fit on any brand/model motorcycle with a mirror stem measuring 3/8 inch (9.5mm) to 1/2 inch (12.7mm). It can be mounted in any direction (front/back, left/right). Check out this video to see how easy it is!

We call these “Stealth Mounts” because they’re so unobtrusive; the bracket measures less than 2 inches square! Plus, the location on the mirror stem is out of the way of anything and everything.
 
Whether you choose to mount a phone, GPS, camera or even a drink holder, the ‘gripper’ portion of the mount can be adjusted and angled to where you need it.

Leader Mounts are manufactured in the USA from aluminum and stainless steel – no rust, no wear! Prices start at $59.99. Click here to see URBAN Mirror Mounts (click here to see all Mirror Mounts).

  • Tracey Cramer

How to Get What you Want

Step 1: Know what you want

This seems straightforward, doesn’t it? And it’s easy for some people. But when it comes to owning a motorcycle, you’d be amazed what you can find to dress it up, or things to make your ride more comfortable or safer. So do a little googling. Check out a forum specific to your motorcycle and see what people are raving about. If you’ve got your heart set on something a little more complex (like, say, a motorcycle radio or a mount for your phone), do a little research.

Step 2: Know your Gift Giver

Bikers, let’s face it. Sometimes the person who’s got your name for Christmas is not a biker themselves. (Even if they are, they might not have the same interests as you.) And it’s not always easy for that person to get you that cool motorcycle accessory you’re lusting after. But if you’d rather get something for your bike (instead of a new shirt or tie), you gotta give them a little help.

Step 3: Be Specific

  • Let them know the make and model of your motorcycle (ex: Harley Roadking). Really. They all look the same to some people! It’s no fun to open a gift and discover it won’t fit your particular motorcycle (although our new URBAN mounts are about as universal-fit as it’s possible to be).
  • Instead of saying “I’d like a way to mount my GPS,” say “I’d like a chrome mount that attaches to my Yamaha V-Star’s handlebar that holds my Garmin Nuvi 2597” (the words in bold are key words when it comes to Leader GPS mounts!)
  • Instead of saying “I want to get rid of updrafts” try: “I really want a set of soft lowers (Desert Dawgs) for my Kawasaki Nomad 1700.”

Step 4: Share your Interests and Passions

Do you like to video your rides? Let them know a mount for your camera would be awesome. Want to plan an off-road trip, or take that guided tour to Alaska? Let them know – Travel-related DVDs, books, guides, etc make great gifts.

Step 5: Be Obvious

Depending how well you know the gift giver, the best way to ensure you get what you want is to print off a description of the item with a B-I-G circle around it, and leave it in a very conspicuous spot (or text/email a link to the product you want)!

Step 6: Gift Certificate

Yeah, I know; it’s not as “personal.” But if you’ve really got your heart set on a particular product (such as one of our motorcycle phone mounts), or a more complex product, OR if the price is higher than you know your giver is going to spend, consider asking for a gift certificate.

  • Tracey Cramer

Giving a Gift They'll Love: 4 Questions to Ask When You're NOT the Biker

Getting a gift for a biker isn't easy. Bikers can be choosy. They're after a certain "look." And they may already have accessories on their bike.

And if you're not close to them (or perhaps not as familiar with motorcycles in general), it can be hard to know what to buy them.

We have a few tricks to help with that!

Every biker likes to talk about their ride (some ad nauseum, but that's another story). So engage them in conversation, but sprinkle in questions like:

  • “What model Yamaha [Harley, etc] do you have? Why did you get that one?”
  • “What kinds of accessories do you have on your motorcycle?”
  • “Do you take long trips? How do you keeping from getting lost?”
  • “What is your favorite ‘comfort item’ when you ride?" or "What do you WISH you had to make your ride more comfortable?”

Be prepared; this conversation can take awhile and go off in unexpected tangents (“I remember the time I got lost in the Serengeti...”).

The up side? You'll get a lot of information you can use to your advantage. For example, you might find out they have a GPS but no good way to mount it (we do that!). Or that they get cold or hate it when they run into rain on their trips (Desert Dawgs anyone?)

And just so you know, our return policy is extremely liberal. If you buy a gift from us and you (or they) want to return or exchange it, we don't give you hassle. That's the advantage of dealing with a small family-owned business!

To get you started (and heck, just for pure entertainment), here's a YouTube playlist of gift idea videos featuring Leader employees (and our kids!).

  • Tracey Cramer

How to Use the GPS Ball Mount With Your GPS


The GPS Ball Mount is designed to work with any GPS with a 17mm ball receiver hole. This includes Garmin GPS, many Magellan models, and others (note that TomTom GPS models DO NOT utilize this size ball).

To use the GPS Ball Mount, you must have a GPS with the ball receiver hole, either built in to the GPS or as a plate/cradle that attaches to the GPS. In Garmin Nuvi kits, this cradle is usually a rigid plastic material that 'clips' to the GPS at top and bottom, as shown in this photo.

Since this plate is a rigid plastic material (unlike our parts which are aluminum and stainless steel), we suggest you glue that plate to the back of your GPS. If have a Garmin Nuvi, you may also want to consider the Diamond Mount.

  • Tracey Cramer

Minimize Helmet Buffeting and Wind Noise with the Right Windshield

Windshields get the wind off your body, chest and head, funneling it around you and protecting you from rain, insects, grit and small rocks. A good windshield will create an effective pocket of wind protection, minimize helmet buffeting and reduce wind noise.

Consider: Height

The height of your windshield determines the area of protection.

As I learned while working with Memphis Shades, the rule of thumb is that the top of the windshield should come to nose level when you’re sitting upright on the seat (or between upper lip and nose). This creates a ‘slipstream’ effect to push air up and over your head; it also allows you to look over the windshield if you need to (which I do when it’s raining hard!).

That said, I personally find that having a windshield on the tall side gives me a little more protection from wind in particular.

 

Consider: Quality

Rain can affect visibility (and so can sun glare), so get a high-quality windshield with good optical qualities (ask for DOT-certified clarity) and anti-scratch properties such as windshields made of Lexan polycarbonate. It may cost a little more but like so many things in life, you get what you pay for!

Buying Tips:

  • If you can, visit windshield manufacturer’s booths at rallies or trade events and ‘try on’ different windshields.
  • Remember that the ‘height’ of the windshield will start about an inch above the headlight on most motorcycles.
  • Many riders like ‘quick detach’ or ‘quick release’ windshields so they can be removed in warmer weather.
Note: another product that helps reduce updrafts and helmet buffeting is the Desert Dawgs wind/rain guards.
  • Tracey Cramer