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