Top 5 Best Selling Motorcycle Gifts

Home5.  Sons of Anarchy T-Shirt.   Chances are you, or someone you know is a fan of the FX drama, Sons of Anarchy.  OK.. we hear you..we  don’t watch “those” fake biker shows either.  But, the truth is, somebody out there is watching…and a whole lot of somebody.  According to Entertainment Weekly, in the second month of last season,  4.6 million viewers tuned in and the showw was up 14 percent from last week and ranking as the fifth season’s best rating since last month’s premiere.  So click the link, buy the shirt and gift it to that hard to buy for biker in your family.

4.  St. Christopher Ride With Me Pendant. $29.00 (on sale was $50)  We’re not superstitious, but we also believe that having a good luck talisman never hurt anyone, wether it’s ride bells or an image of St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers.  It’s one of the best “neutral” gifts you can give the motorcycle rider in your family.  It’s the right size and color, and you don’t have to remember which brand they ride.

3. Home DIY Neon Lights:  While we believe the best looking neon lights are the ones installed by the professionals, this do-it-yourself kit for $60 is a great way for the gear head on a budget to light up his or her ride.  Again, this gift is “brand neutral” and will work equally well on Harley-Davidsons Road Kings or Yamaha sport bikes.  Comes with two 5 Inch, Two 6 Inch, and Two 12 Inch Flexible, Waterproof Strips, 1 Year Limited Warranty and Free Lifetime Technical Support

2. Battery Tender I know we’re harping on this “brand” neutral theme, but frankly, it seems the best selling Christmas gifts for bikers are the ones that can be used by all riders.  The Battery Tender is a gift that will be appreciated by gear heads of all types.  Whether he or she owns a motorcycle, boat, RV or ATV, anything that tends to sit idle for long periods of time will fall victim to a dead battery if it isn’t “tended.”   At $34.00, this gift will be appreciated for years to come.

1. HomeGo Pro Hero Camera  The best selling, best loved gift of any motorcyclist is the Go Pro Hero camera.  Pair this with the optional wi-fi backpack / remote  combo and you will never miss another “gotcha moment.”  We know riders who mount this camera on their handlebars and shoot video as they ride for use in the unfortunate event some idiot pulls out in front of them and they need evidence to show the road conditions, their speed and the fact that the driver should have easily seen them coming.  Other carry it to Sturgis, and Daytona for “video” reference of their adventures.

 


Brando Enterprises Give Harley-Davidson the Boot

Screen legend Marlon Brando helped make the leather jacket and jack boot the “uniform” of the biker culture in his portrayal of Johnny Strabler in the movie “The Wild One.”

Brando Enterprises Sued Harley-Davidson Over a model of boots HD called "The Brando"

The iconic image is so closely tied to the culture that in 2010 when Harley-Davidson released a new boot similar in style to the pair made famous by the screen legend, the company thought it would honor the actor by calling their boots “The Brando.”

The only problem was the marketing department forgot to check with the legal department and nobody checked with the estate of the late actor.

Brando Enterprises has authorized the use of his name in connection with Triumph motorcycles, MasterCard, and Dolce & Gabbana but not Harley-Davidson.

According to papers filed in court, Brando Enterprises said, ‘They (Harley-Davidson) have been aggressive protecting its own intellectual property from perceived infringements and should have known better.”

Once the suit was filed, Harley moved quickly to remove the boots from its online stores and dealer shelves.

On March 7th the two sides agreed to settle out of court. The terms of the deal were not immediately released but the settlement marks the second major win for Brando Enterprises in its protection of the brand. It had previously sued Ashley Furniture Industries for selling a line of sofas and sectionals known as the “Brando.” The lawsuit closed after Ashley agreed to hand over $356,000 while not admitting any liability on Brando’s claims.

While The Wild One has become synonymous with biker culture, it was Triumphs and not Harley-Davidsons that featured prominently in the 1953 film.


The Doobie Brothers Roar Back onto Music Scene

Patrick Simmons, original member of the Doobie Brothers and avid motorcycle enthuasist

You may have seen rock legend Patrick Simmons and his wife Cris riding their Harley-Davidsons at a motorcycle rally over the past few years. He’s been spotted in Sturgis, and Daytona.   Simmons is an original member of the legendary band  The Doobie Brothers.

While the group has undergone personnel changes over the years and hasn’t released any new music their fans haven’t forgotten them.  Last month the group released World Gone Crazy, their first new album in over ten years.  Produced by Ted Templeman, their producer throughout the 1970’s, the new album combines vintage Doobie Brothers harmonies with the latest recording technology, keeping the sound both classic and fresh.  “It’s the best thing we’ve done musically in forever,” says founding vocalist Tom Johnston in a recent interview with Billboard.

The album features standout tracks like single “Nobody,” a remake of a song from their 1971 debut album (watch the video), ballad “Far From Home,” “Don’t Say Goodbye” with guest vocals from former member Michael McDonald, and “I Know We Won,” a duet with legendary musician Willie Nelson.  A special deluxe edition of the CD includes a 30 minute, career-retrospective DVD, featuring interviews with the band members and footage from the band’s nearly 40 year career.  Both editions are available now in stores and online, with a special deluxe bundle that includes a tour t-shirt available at DoobieBros.com.