Women motorcycle riders compose a small, but very rapidly growing, demographic within the motorsport world. These women identify themselves a variety of ways – sometimes it’s just by “lady rider,” other times it’s “unicorn” to pay tribute to their uniqueness, or just “biker girl” to keep it simple. If you’ve got a friend or relative that’s a lady rider, you know about their love of motorcycling in just about any weather, or you’ve heard stories about their road trips with friends, or even tales from going adventure riding. When it comes to buying gifts, it can seem a little daunting to find something that they’ll love, but fear not – in no particular order, here’s a list of gift ideas that the lady rider in your life will appreciate!
Best Gifts for Women Motorcycle Riders
It’s difficult to find a comfortable, sturdy riding pant that fits comfortably as a woman rider. These pants feature a Cordura denim outer and CE level 1 protection in the knees, plus an optional insert for hip protection. The pants feature safety stitching to prevent the seams from splitting apart in the event of a slide. These jeans feature the standard five pockets of a traditional pair of jeans, with stretched ribbing in key areas to allow for comfortable movement.
For those women that prefer a fashionable shirt instead of a larger jacket, the True Romance Armored Moto Shirt offers Kevlar reinforced stitching, in addition to removable CE protection options in the shoulder, elbow, and spine (back protector), a hidden YKK zipper with snap down collar to cover it, and a 100% cotton frame. In short, this shirt offers all the protections found in a men’s riding shirt, but in a far more fashionable package.
For the touring or adventure rider that loves to hit the open road regardless of the weather, the Klim Altitude jacket has a waterproof shell with several zippered vents, allowing for versatility of use in hot, cold, or rainy conditions. The jacket also has goat leather overlay for extra protection on the elbows and forearms, a Gore-Tex 2-layer performance shell, and adjustable armor pockets with Level 1 protectors in the shoulders, back, and arms. There’s also zippered vents in the chest, forearms, and back, with quick-adjust straps in the forearm and waist. The icing? There’s a pant connection zipper, so these can easily lock onto riding pants to make a secure two-piece riding suit.
A must-have for at-home bike maintenance and repair, the Woodcraft Spooled Rear Stand features integrated axle and hardware holders, and the adjustable lift height and 5” wheels help with lifting the back axle of a motorcycle off the ground. Verify compatibility first; some motorcycles may require the installation of rear spools for proper usage.
Optional Woodcraft Swingarm Spools
If the lady rider in your life is tired of having to wear a backpack to tote their personal belongings on the bike, this Nelson Rigg tank bag is a handy universal solution. With an expansion option, waterproofing, reflective piping, and a lined interior, the top of the bag features a clear pocket to use with maps, GPS, or smart phones (yes, the pocket is touch screen friendly!) The bag secures with high-power magnets, and a protective base material underneath prevents the bag from sliding around and scratching the tank.
One of the most satisfying things to do as a motorcycle owner is cleaning and maintaining the chain. The Motul Chain Care Kit contains both chain cleaning and chain lube compounds, along with a double-sided chain brush and a pair of nitrile cleaning gloves. The kit comes in both “on road” and “off road” versions, with the on-road coming with a bottle of C2 lubricant for road use, and off-road packaged with C3 lubricant for off-road use.
There are few inconveniences with riding a motorcycle that equal that of seeing a nail sticking out of a perfectly good tire. The BikeMaster Tire and Tube Flat Repair Kit comes with patches, plug, glue, a plug insertion tool, hole cleaner, CO2 cylinders with air valve, and knife for plug trimming – all the things required for a rider to patch the hole and get home safely, all in a tidy kit.
Riding in a group, and want to share it later? A built-in camera and comms device all in one, the Sena 10C Pro captures 1080p video at 60 fps, and features four-way intercom communications with a range of 1600 meters. The Sena 10C Pro also features music sharing, a jog dial, external antenna, built-in FM radio functionality, and voice prompts. The battery lasts an estimated 17 hours of talk time, or 2 hours of video recording time. The video supports MicroSD cards up to 64 GB (sold separately), and the device is water resistant to allow for use in rainy conditions.
Folklore has it that the “gremlin bell” you see dangling from some motorcycles is a harbinger of good luck and safe travels. Gremlin bells are great gifts for riders with new motorcycles, or for those who are just getting started with their motorcycling journey. The custom is for the friends or family of the motorcyclist to pick out a gremlin bell to present as a gift to the rider, with the design being carefully chosen as something meaningful to the recipient.
Much like the gremlin bell, motorcycle keytags make a great personalized gift. For the woman in your life who loves to ride but also enjoys a bit of feminine flair, the Insert Before Flight keychain strikes a nice balance between function and form. For anyone who doesn’t ride and may wonder what purpose a keytag serves: you’d be hard pressed to find a rider who hasn’t had to rummage for their keys in their pockets, with riding gloves on. Imagine trying to get a grasp of some house keys while wearing snow gloves… Keytags make this task much easier, plus they look cool.
Oxford Hot Hands Heated Grips
Anyone that has had the experience of riding a motorcycle in cold weather knows how valuable a set of heated grips can be. Since heated grips can be an expensive modification, the Oxford Hot Hands Heated Grips are an affordable option for use in colder months. These grips are removable and attach to over the existing stock grips by using Velcro, and are powered using a switch to the battery with an LED indicator light. All fittings are included to wire the grips up to the motorcycle battery.
Is the lady rider in your life looking to have her first track day experience? The Alpinestars Stella Missile Women’s Race Suit is a stylish women’s fit design with the option to integrate the Tech Air airbag system, adding extra protection to the back, chest, shoulders, and kidneys. The suit is made of bovine (cow) leather, and features CE protectors at the shoulders, elbows, and knees. There are stretch panels on the sleeves and groin area, and calf expansion gussets to accommodate different builds and physiques and allow for maximum rider mobility. If she’s looking to get a knee down, don’t worry – the suit also comes with knee and elbow sliders.
The GORE-TEX will keep hands dry, while the goat leather construction and carbon fiber knuckle guard will keep them protected. These Klim women’s gloves are an excellent choice for riders that enjoy touring style riding, and need a glove that can protect them in all elements. These gloves are specifically cut and fit for women’s hands, and aren’t just a miniature size version of men’s gloves.
An excellent summer jacket candidate, the REV’IT! Eclipse jacket features lightweight mesh constructions with abrasion-resistant polyester construction in impact areas, along with CE armor in the elbows and shoulders. There are adjustment straps and ventilation panels to better fit the jacket to the rider and allow for maximum airflow.
A more feminine alternative to a men’s motorcycle chain bracelet, this women’s bracelet is hypoallergenic, and does not contain any nickel or lead. This bracelet also has tiny gems around each link, and clasps together at the end using a standard bracelet clasp – no need to break links to put it on or take it off. Added bonus: this chain doesn’t need as much cleaning and lubrication as a real motorcycle chain will.
Known as one of the best helmets in terms of getting the most bang for the buck, this helmet features both DOT and SNELL M2015 certifications, removable and washable anti-microbial cheek pads with an emergency release system, speaker pockets to accommodate a Bluetooth comm system, and a face shield lock with excellent ventilation throughout the helmet. The helmet comes in four colors: shiny black, matte black, white, and matte titanium.
These shoes make a sporty and unique option for a protective motorcycle shoe. The full-grain leather upper features a double density sole with reinforced TPU molded ankle protections, reinforced heel and toe areas, an anti-shock EVA midsole, and an antibacterial footbed with air pump system.
If riders were asked about one piece of gear they have been caught without when it was needed, rain gear would rank pretty high on the list. The BILT Frogg Toggs Rain Jacket is windproof, waterproof, lightweight, and easy to throw on over the top of existing gear. When it’s not needed, it is compact and can be easily folded and stored away for future use.
Base layers are the real heroes when it comes to riding in the cold. This shirt features flat lock stitching with women’s specific fitment and design, and has a fleece inner layer to help hold body heat close to the core. The Freeze-Out windproof layer keeps cold air from blowing through, and there’s a collar to help keep wind from blowing on the neck. It’s also got antibacterial properties to help ward off any sweat odors.
This toolkit features a little of everything that could possibly be needed for performing minor maintenance or repairs at home, and is small enough to roll up and stow away in a saddlebag or backpack to keep on the road. There’s an option to choose either a metric kit, or SAE kit, depending on the types of motorcycles they may be used on.