For the last few weeks, we've been running stories here on gift ideas for motorcyclists, mostly women motorcyclists. We have a few more items we want to tell you about—
great ideas if you're still struggling with what to get that motorcycle-riding friend
or what to tell others to get you. Take a look at these fun items.
La Femme Biker is the name of biker-inspired perfume—a natural scent its Web site says is "a touch of chrome, a touch of leather, united by the 'Queen of Night' Jasmine. Other scents laced into this perfume are rose, vanilla, cognac, labdanum, frangipani, and blood orange." Sounds truly interesting!
La Femme Biker came to us in this pretty pink satchel with a note inside that reads, "La Femme Biker will evolve through several layers of experience as the top, heart, then base notes reveal themselves."
La Femme Biker is the brainchild of Dabney Rose, a botanical expert who loves to create sweet water distillery hydrosols. She says it's an artistic expression. Dabney is a motorcyclist who decided, like many women do, to combine her two passions—
riding and perfume. To learn more about La Femme Biker and to order, visit Dabney-Rose.com/Perfume
Perfect Carrying Pouch
Carry necessities on your motorcycle right where you need them—in front of you. Mustang Seats now offers tank bibs—expandable pouches to hold things like sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm. Lined with soft fabric, the pouches are held tightly closed with Velcro but easily expand open to about 3.5 inches deep at the top. They are contoured to hug the tank and are backed with felt to protect the paint. The edges are finished with braided trim. The bibs are easy to install.
Just like Mustang seats, Mustang tank bags are made in the USA—in New England, actually.
Pouch Tank Bibs are available plain or with studs and a concho. The decorative studs are plated brass, not steel, so they won't rust. Conchos are custom, heavy die-cast zinc and are hand-tied with genuine leather straps. Mustang Pouch Tank Bibs are available to fit numerous Harley-Davidson and metric cruiser models. Plain bibs are $65; bibs with studs and a concho are $75. Visit MustangSeats.com
Unique Western Gifts
By Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
If you've ever ridden across the western states in out-of-the-way places, you know that some of the coolest places to stop are those roadside galleries and gift shops. Often you'll find one-of-a-kind handmade crafts made by talented artisans—items that are part treasure, part art, part discovery. Steel My Heart Forge and Gallery in Paradise Valley, just south of Livingston, Montana, is one such place. Artist Tom Mosher designs western and Native American pieces that can be found nowhere else. I'm lucky enough to call him a neighbor. Here's a sample of items I like.
For more photos, more information or to order, visit TomMosher.com
and click on Tom's photo to enter the site and see the gallery of items.
Inspiring and Motivational DVD
By Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
I first met the narrator and featured rider in this DVD at the AMA Women & Motorcycling Conference in Keystone, Colorado, last summer. Lois Pryce was a featured speaker who shared how she, like a lot of women, was working a mundane 9 to 5 job where she yearned for more. One day she quit her job, learned how to ride a motorcycle and embarked on a cross-continent ride in South America all by herself! She followed that up with a solo ride across Africa. This DVD, Ladies on the Loose
, is part four of the "Achievable Dream: The Motorcycle Adventure Travel Guide" series. It chronicles women just like her who've done global motorcycle journeys, changing their lives in the process.
You don't have to be a rider interested in cross-country or global rides to enjoy this DVD. It's for every woman who enjoys a good human interest story about real women doing what they love. It's about women being women, dealing with challenges that come up when riding in a foreign country. If by chance you want to do what these women do, you'll certainly learn a few things, as there is plenty of advice packed in the 2.5 hour DVD. But more than that, it's downright entertaining, with great footage and interesting interviews. I think every woman rider should own this. Visit HorizonsUnlimited.com to order.
A Book To Empower
Don't let its small handbook size fool you. Contained within the covers of Hear Me Roar! Women, Motorcycles and Mental Health
are huge words of encouragement, inspiration and advice on how motorcycling can change one's life. Kathy Tolleson, the founder and CEO of ROAR Motorcycles, a motorcycle shop for women in Daytona Beach, Florida, wrote this motivational and thought-provoking book using metaphors from riding to inspire one's life. There are 12 short chapters in its 89 pages, but the personal stories and real-life examples told from Kathy's point of view will either have you smiling to yourself, knowing you've experienced what she's talking about because you're already a motorcyclist, or looking for where to sign up to learn how to ride.
Kathy's shop makes motorcycles designed specifically for women. You can read more about her shop here on WRN. But Kathy sells more than motorcycles. She sells dreams, and this is a handbook on achieving those dreams. Even if motorcycling is not your thing, the words of encouragement Kathy shares are powerful enough to get
someone moving to go after any dream. Visit RoarMotorcycles.com, or call 866.621.ROAR.
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