Christmas Gift Guide—Editor’s Choice

By Cooley, Maeda and Milan

When it comes to Christmas shopping, the fellas on staff here at TransWorld Motocross fall into the same mold as every other person out there. We usually don¿t have a clue as to what gifts to buy, and we generally wait until Christmas Eve to try and figure it out. And nine times out of ten, after all of the thought and frustration, our loved ones end up returning the gifts for something else, or stow them away, never to be seen again.

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To help ease the pain and make this holiday shopping season a joyous one, the three of us have selected a few of our favorite products that are certain to fill the hearts of the motocross enthusiast on your list with glee. So enough with the fruitcake, the staple 12-pack of new socks, or the cop-out of a gift-card¿ read on to learn what your motohead really wants this year, and make this the best Christmas ever. Happy Holidays¿!

Donn Maeda
Editor

My wife says that I am the hardest person in the world to shop for, and I think she may be right. After all, my life revolves around motocross, motocross and more motocross, and as editor of the magazine, I have access to just about everything and anything I could ever want. No, I¿m not trying to rub my exceptional fortune in your face; instead I am trying to illustrate the fact that I, of all people, should know what the motocrosser in your life would love to find under the Christmas tree¿

Purely Custom Reservoir Covers
$16.96 – $24.95

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If the motocrosser on your list already has every trick part and chi chi imaginable, a master cylinder reservoir cover from Purely Custom may be just what the doctor ordered. Starting at only $16.95 for a standard design from their wide selection of choices, the covers are made from billet aluminum and are engraved and/or anodized. No, they don¿t make your bike faster or help your brakes to work any better, but they do add a touch of customization that can¿t be achieved with graphics or different colored fenders. Pictured are a couple that Purely Custom made especially for us (full custom designs like this cost $24.95), but I¿ve omitted a special one that I had made up for Garth that includes a green, leafy plant and a three-digit number that he doesn¿t race with on his bike. If you saw the look of delight on the Milan Rouge¿s face when I presented it to him, you¿d order one up, too!
Call 866/758-9696 or visit www.purelycustom.com.

Stomp Grip
$29.99 – $34.99

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Though this stuff may look like some sort of marital aid it is, in fact, the gnarliest grip material available for a motocross bike. With roots in the snowboarding industry, Dave and his boys at Stomp Design have applied their technology to motocross and have won over thousands of new fans in short order. When applied to the airbox and/or rear sidepanels of your bike, Stomp Grip can help you better grip your machine and in turn, give you greater control and help you save energy. We slap this stuff on all of our test bikes, and riding without it now feels odd!
Call 888/612-5240 or visit www.stompdesign.com.

ZLT Chest Protector Name Plate
$40.00 – $50.00

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Back when I used to race three wheelers, I used to take my jerseys to the mall and have my name and number put on them at the t-shirt store. You know; those furry block letters and numbers that were designed for football jerseys¿ These days, ignorant youngsters do#8217;t have to endure the humiliation of having fuzzy letters on the backs of their jerseys, as companies like ZLT Racing offer a wide variety of jersey and chest protector identification options. In this instance, we¿re highlighting the cool chest protector name plates. ZLT provides a thin Lexan plate, designed specifically for your make and model of chest protector, and adds your name and number with high-quality vinyl sticker material. Prices start at $40 for a two-color name and number, while a fancier three-color version is $50. We got this panel for our test rider Israel ¿El Churro¿ Ochoa, who wears a Fox Racing Airframe. In hindsight, however, we realized that we¿ll never see it on the track, as neither Garth nor I are never actually behind him¿
Call 800/958-7737 or visit www.zltmxid.com.

FMF Step Up Stand
$75.95

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When my buddy Tom Wallace at FMF first called me and said he was sending a new FMF Racing Step Up lift stand, I tore him a new one and told him to not even bother. Why? Until now, I¿ve scoffed at lift stands. What self-respecting rider is too weak or too lazy to lift his bike onto a traditional MX stand? Luckily for me, Tom ignored my rant and sent it anyway. Needless to say, I was surprised at how cool the FMF unit actually is. Built of heavy duty aluminum and steel, the Step Up has super positive actuation, is easy to operate and is as sturdy and stable as any traditional stand I¿ve used. In the tight confines of a crowded garage, the lifting mechanism is also much appreciated. (Damn, I didn¿t know that crow had such a bitter taste¿)
Call 310/631-4363 or visit www.fmfracing.com.

DMC Moto-Trainer Lap Timer
$99.95

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We¿ve spent several months toying with this cool on-bike lap timer from Fadi at DMC, and it still remains one of our favorite training tools. In addition to keeping track of your lap times and overall moto duration, the DMC timer is a great tool for figuring out which lines on the track are fastest, and even for helping determine which aftermarket products actually make a difference in the speed you obtain on the track. (We¿ve been surprised on several occasions to find, for instance, that a pipe that makes a bike feel fast actually increases our lap times¿) Mounted on your handlebar crossbar pad, the device is controlled by a handlebar-mounted button that is easy to actuate while riding. If you know a serious racer, this could very well be the best present he gets this year.
Call 661/618-2644 or visit www.diverse-mfg.com.

Alpinestars N1 Leather Jacket
$229.95

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As a kid, I always wanted to be like the Fonz. No, not Ernesto Fonseca: I¿m talking Arthur Fonzerelli! The Fonz rode a motorcycle, pulled all sorts of hot bitches and wore a super cool black leather jacket. Well, now that I¿m all grown up, I¿ve finally realized my childhood fantasy of being the Fonz. Well, a Japanese American one, that is. Let¿s see¿ I essentially ride motorcycles for a living, my wife is way to hot for me, and I just took delivery of this trick Alpinestars N1 leather jacket! Last year, the guys from the renowned boot manufacturer decided to jump headfirst into the casual wear market, and a full line of A-Star pants, tops and jackets can be found at their web site and at select retail outlets across the country. Hell, we¿ve even heard that Snoop Dogg runs one of these bad ass N1 jackets. Seriously! But back to the jacket itself, it would make a great gift for a guy who likes to stay close to his MX roots, even during a night on the town. Aaayyyyy!
Call 310/891-0222 or visit www.alpinestars.com.

Garth Milan
Photo Editor/Associate Editor

It¿s hard to believe that it¿s that time of year again, but here we are with yet another edition of TransWorld Motocross¿ Holiday Buyer¿s Guide. The gifts I chose to add to my list are by far the best in the entire article, as I made sure to stick to items that are long-lasting; ones that keep on giving throughout the year. Buying that special someone something from my list means that he/she will remember you and your present for months to come. I even made sure to include some very inexpensive gifts, so quit being a Scrooge and get your best riding buddy something under the tree!

Pro Taper Handlebars and Adjustable P3 Triple Clamp
$89.99 (handlebars) $169.99 (triple clamps)

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It¿s pretty much an unwritten rule that Pro Taper handlebars are the toughest in the business, so this is one holiday present that will keep on giving all year long. I can honestly ride on a set of Pro Tapers for a whole season without bending these tough-as-nails bars, and their flex is just what the doctor ordered to keep your loved one from complaining about arm-pump all the time. The bars are available in 20 different bends so there¿s guaranteed to be one that he/she likes, and at their new sub-hundred dollar price they are also a great deal. Don¿t forget the matching clamps, as these babies come with five different settings to ensure rider comfort.
Call 800/840-3040 or visit www.protaper.com.

ASV 3-Way Wrench
$25.00

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Originally I was planning on mentioning T-handles in this spot, but then I stumbled across this multi-tasking tool from ASV Inventions. The three-in-one ASV Y wrench is really a must-have product for any amateur mechanic and makes for a cheap but very effective present under the tree. Each arm of the wrench is five inches long, offering perfect leverage and reach for most bolts on a bike, and they¿re all coated with textured rubber. This means that there¿s plenty of grip for guys like me, who are constantly undoing stripped bolts on their ill-prepared machines. Just install your three most used sockets and you’re ready to go with the Y wrench.
Call 877/ASV-7000 or visit www.asvinventions.com.

Shoei VFX-R Air Rabid
$533.99

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I know, I know¿this one¿s expensive, but for that extra special someone you can¿t invest your money more wisely. In a day and age where poorly-constructed hundred dollar helmets with fancy paint jobs are all the rage, when it comes to our marbles we¿ll pay top dollar, thank you very much! Shoei is the worldwide leader in helmet testing and research, so it¿s no surprise that their VFX-R Air Rabid is one of the most comfortable helmets we¿ve ever strapped on to our heads. Considering that any decent helmet is in this same price range, you might as well give what¿s considered the best. A fully-removable liner featuring tons of extra air ventilation will help with the stench factor, too.
Call 714/730-0941 or visit www.shoei-helmets.com.

Oakley D1 Watch
ns one of these bad ass N1 jackets. Seriously! But back to the jacket itself, it would make a great gift for a guy who likes to stay close to his MX roots, even during a night on the town. Aaayyyyy!
Call 310/891-0222 or visit www.alpinestars.com.

Garth Milan
Photo Editor/Associate Editor

It¿s hard to believe that it¿s that time of year again, but here we are with yet another edition of TransWorld Motocross¿ Holiday Buyer¿s Guide. The gifts I chose to add to my list are by far the best in the entire article, as I made sure to stick to items that are long-lasting; ones that keep on giving throughout the year. Buying that special someone something from my list means that he/she will remember you and your present for months to come. I even made sure to include some very inexpensive gifts, so quit being a Scrooge and get your best riding buddy something under the tree!

Pro Taper Handlebars and Adjustable P3 Triple Clamp
$89.99 (handlebars) $169.99 (triple clamps)

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It¿s pretty much an unwritten rule that Pro Taper handlebars are the toughest in the business, so this is one holiday present that will keep on giving all year long. I can honestly ride on a set of Pro Tapers for a whole season without bending these tough-as-nails bars, and their flex is just what the doctor ordered to keep your loved one from complaining about arm-pump all the time. The bars are available in 20 different bends so there¿s guaranteed to be one that he/she likes, and at their new sub-hundred dollar price they are also a great deal. Don¿t forget the matching clamps, as these babies come with five different settings to ensure rider comfort.
Call 800/840-3040 or visit www.protaper.com.

ASV 3-Way Wrench
$25.00

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Originally I was planning on mentioning T-handles in this spot, but then I stumbled across this multi-tasking tool from ASV Inventions. The three-in-one ASV Y wrench is really a must-have product for any amateur mechanic and makes for a cheap but very effective present under the tree. Each arm of the wrench is five inches long, offering perfect leverage and reach for most bolts on a bike, and they¿re all coated with textured rubber. This means that there¿s plenty of grip for guys like me, who are constantly undoing stripped bolts on their ill-prepared machines. Just install your three most used sockets and you’re ready to go with the Y wrench.
Call 877/ASV-7000 or visit www.asvinventions.com.

Shoei VFX-R Air Rabid
$533.99

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I know, I know¿this one¿s expensive, but for that extra special someone you can¿t invest your money more wisely. In a day and age where poorly-constructed hundred dollar helmets with fancy paint jobs are all the rage, when it comes to our marbles we¿ll pay top dollar, thank you very much! Shoei is the worldwide leader in helmet testing and research, so it¿s no surprise that their VFX-R Air Rabid is one of the most comfortable helmets we¿ve ever strapped on to our heads. Considering that any decent helmet is in this same price range, you might as well give what¿s considered the best. A fully-removable liner featuring tons of extra air ventilation will help with the stench factor, too.
Call 714/730-0941 or visit www.shoei-helmets.com.

Oakley D1 Watch
$180

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Here¿s a good mid-priced present that can be used in a number of applications, and the best part is that the receiver of a new Oakley D1 watch is sure to think of you every time they look at their wrist or handlebar! The D1 is so durable that it¿s great to wear to the track, but the best part is that once you¿re there it also makes a great training tool. Simply strapping the durable watch to any pair of bars allows users to check exactly how long they rode for, useful when hammering out motos at the local practice track. When done, the lucky recipient of the D1 can just remove the watch, put it back on their wrist and they¿re ready to go; straight to the nudie bar with the boys after a hard day of riding!
Call 800/431-1439 or visit www.oakley.com.

Scott No Sweat Beanie
$14.95

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The Scott No Sweat beanie may look a little goofy, but it is the ultimate stocking stuffer. You might have noticed that several top national pros take the time to carefully cut and insert maxi-pads to the foam of their goggles for sweat prevention, but those who are in the know (and don¿t want to be seen in the feminine hygiene aisle) simply grab the No Sweat beanie and ride with perfect vision. A breathable mesh top and an ultra-comfortable, nylon/spandex blend make the No Sweat beanie essential to riding for those who know just how great it is. Easily washable, I often wonder how I was ever able to do my grueling three-and-a-half lap motos without it!
Call 800/292-5874 or visit www.scottusa.com.

Moto XXX 6 “Let it Ride” Video
$24.95

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There’s nothing like a good motocross video to pump you up for a day of riding, so adding Moto XXX’s brand new, sixth edition to your shopping list is a no-brainer for anyone who likes to twist the throttle. All the things you’ve come to expect from the boys at XXX you’ll find in this video, which we think is the best one ever. Plenty of girls, funny skits and downright insane motocross footage abounds in “Let it Ride,” so for only 25 bucks you can’t go wrong with this one.
Call 888/MOTO-XXX or visit www.motoxxx.com.

Ryan Cooley
Associate Editor

Although stressful at times, I love the Holiday Season. And when my finances permit, I enjoy giving gifts just as much as receiving them. The only thing that really brings me down during the gift-giving season is not having a clue about what to get those lucky few who have made my list. The echo of my mom¿s voice proclaiming, ¿I don¿t need anything¿ save your money,¿ rings in my head every December. If only my mom raced motocross, I¿d know exactly what to get! For those of you that have MXers on your list this year, here are a few of my favorite products that may help your holiday shopping run a bit smoother.

O¿GIO 9800 Gear Bag
$175

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For years I benefited from receiving my big brother¿s old hand-me-down motocross gear when he was done with it. Although slightly worn, the stuff was still new to me and I was stoked to get it. One thing I never had kicked down, however, was a gear bag to store my goods and travel with. Well, that is until now¿ A proud new owner of the O¿GIO 9800, I roll to the track in style and no longer spend wasted time searching for loose gear on the floorboards of my truck. At 9800 cu.in, the bag can facilitate any gear your loved one would like to shove in it on the way out the door. The 9800 will help keep anybody organized with a padded helmet storage, boot storage, goggle storage, chest protector storage, multiple jersey and pant storage, and it even has a spot to store tear-offs. The construction of the bag is among the toughest, highest quality we¿ve ever seen, and the bag rolls over anything in its sight with a sturdy set of In-line skate wheels. O¿GIO has a huge selec