Deck The Halls: TransWorld Motocross’s Annual Gift Guide

Photos by Maeda and Milan

When it comes to December 25th, finding something for the motocross rider or racer on your list is plenty easy. Easy, that is, if you’re loaded! Motocross, as we all know, is an expensive sport, and when you have to buy a sweater for Uncle George, a new apron for Grandma, and toys for all the nieces and nephews, a $500 motocross helmet for your buddy who races is probably a tall order to fill.

But fear not! The editors of your favorite motocross magazine have come to the rescue. Each of us have offered up our personal gift recommendations for every price range: from the under $25 stocking stuffers on up to the bling-bling category where price is not a factor. And fear not; you’ll not find just any old product listing in the pages that follow: each and every gift we’ve suggested has our personal seals of approval. Since there will only be about 60 shopping days left by the time this magazine gets into your grubby paws: read up and shop on!

DONN’S PICKS…

Under $25:

Goggle Lenses and Tear-Offs

Price: Starting at $6.95

Call me the practical old man on staff, but when it comes to motocross-related Christmas gifts, I tend to lean towards the functional side of things. What better to stuff a stocking with than a few brand-new goggle lenses and some tear-offs? After riding with a scratched-up lens for any amount of time, there’s nothing better than a fresh, new one. Furthermore, regular use of tear-offs can help keep those new lenses nice longer.

See your local motorcycle accessory shop or dealer.

Under $50:

DVS Chicago Sweatshirt

Price: $50.00

DVS is the newest name on the motocross scene when it comes to skate shoe companies that sponsor racers, but with guys like Kevin Windham and the Alessi boys under their tent, DVS is serious about making a splash. In addition to its full selection of shoes, DVS has a huge line of casual wear that is all super cool, stylish, and comfy. Jami liked this Chicago sweatshirt so much that she bagged it when we weren’t looking!

Call 310/715-8300 or visit www.dvsshoes.com

Under $100:

Scott’s Oil Filter

Price: $69.95

I know what you’re thinking: “What kind of gift is a damn oil filter? Well, let me tell you… If you have ever owned a four-stroke motocross bike, you already know how important regular oil changes are. Replacing your paper oil filter every time is also crucial. The Scott’s Performance Stainless Steel filter is not only washable and reusable, it filters better and makes cold starting easier, too! This is a gift that will keep on giving for as long as the person on your list owns his bike.

818/248-6747 or visit www.scottsperformance.com

Under $250:

iCAT

Price: $200

When we first tested the iCAT—a small electronic device that is installed between your spark plug cap and coil—we were baffled by the performance gains it yielded. Said to alter the duration of your spark plug’s spark, the iCAT does indeed give your bike better throttle response and a notably snappier feel. On two-strokes, the iCAT even helps clean up carburetor jetting, and when installed on four-strokes, it improves hot starting considerably. Though its benefits are not readily apparent on a dyno, anyone who has track tested one will attest to this product’s value.

918/681-4868 or visit www.icatusa.com

Unlimited:

Wheel Wright Gift Certificate

Price: $559 for the Works Package

Again, this may not seem like alamorous gift to unwrap, but in the long run, I guarantee that a gift certificate for a Wheel Wright wheel makeover will be a big hit. Wheel Wright takes wobbly wheels and disassembles them, sends the hubs out to be hard anodized, and relaces them back up with colored Excel rims of your choice. Best of all, though, is the fact that Wheel Wright’s wheel builders are experts at what they do, and their wheels are virtually indestructible! We’ve had nothing but great fortune with our Wheel Wright-built wheels.

714/931-9791 or visit www.wheelwrightusa.com

GARTH’S PICKS…

Under $25:

Underware Ultra Glove Liners

Price: $20.95

Unless the person on your shopping list is a factory rider who kickstarts his bike on a daily basis, we’re willing to bet that he or she probably gets blistered hands from time to time. That is exactly why UnderWARE Ultra glove liners are the perfect stocking stuffer—they virtually eliminate raw riding hands by creating an extra buffer between the grips and gloves and are hardly noticeable when riding on the track. The Ultra model is treated to make the Kevlar gloves waterproof, making them great for long, sweaty motos.

Call 951/698-4962 or visit www.pcracingusa.com

Under $50:

Stone Spray Sandwich Collector’s Edition DVD/Book Set

Price: $39.99

Having been on the set of nearly every shoot there was, I can tell you from firsthand knowledge that TransWorld Motocross’ second feature film Stone Spray Sandwich is going to be off the hook! With the perfect combination of freeriding, racing, and behind-the-scenes footage, there really is something for everyone with this one. Go big and get the limited-edition collector’s book along with the DVD to really stoke someone out—it contains tons of photos from the various sets and locations and is the perfect compliment to SSS.

Visit www.transworldmx.com

Under $100:

SDG SEAT

Price: $99.99

Like anything else on a bike, seats can get pretty clapped out after a hard year of motos. Most riders, however, never even realize how bad their foam is until they ride on a new one, at which time they discover how saggy their seat was. If you go the route of an OEM replacement saddle, you’ll spend a fortune piecing it together, but the SDG seat comes complete with the cover already on, eliminating any stretching and stapling nightmares. The black color matches almost any graphic combo, too, making this a great universal gift that anyone will love.

Call 800/RIDE-SDG or visit www.sdgusa.com

Under $250:

Works Connection Elite Clutch Perch With Hot Start

Price: $179.95

Who doesn’t have a four-stroke these days? With 90% of the bikes at the races having valves and cams, you can’t miss with this one. The Works Connection Elite perch with an optional on-the-fly hot start button is the perfect gift for any motocross rider. The billet perch features a three-bearing pivot system for smooth action and an extremely grippy clutch adjuster that is easy to use in the middle of battle, plus its anodized red color is sure to add massive style points to any bike. Kevin Windham uses one; shouldn’t you?

Call 800/895-8293 or visit www.worksconnection.com

Unlimited:

Shoei VFX-DT Travis Preston Replica Helmet

Price: $579.99

If you really care about someone, what better way to show your affection than to give him or her the Ferrari of head protection, the new Shoei VFX-DT? The VFX-DT is not only very stylish, but also extremely comfortable, thanks to its lightweight design and heavy air ventilation. The new synthetic fiber liner also rules, and the VFX-DT is the only helmet on the market that doesn’t allow stinging sweat to drip into my eyes. After his 18th concussion last week, Swap vowed never to ride in anything else. What more of a recommendation do you need?

Call 714/730-0941 or visit www.shoei-helmets.com

COOLEY’S PICKS…

Under $25:

EVS Grip Donuts

Price: $2.95

Much like Garth—although I think he’s even a little softer than I am—I’ve got wussy thumbs that blister during a long moto. Yes, my version of a “long moto is quite a bit different than Ricky Carmichael’s, which is exactly why my thumbs still bubble up like a pot of boiling water when I am riding or testing all day long. My solution? Grip donuts, of course. Swap laughs every time I pull a set of EVS donuts out of my gear bag, but at the end of the day I am a happy (although verbally abused) camper. And for nearly the same price as a roll of medical tape, you can fill the stocking of every moto hound in your family. 

Call 800/229-4387 or visit www.evs-sports.com

Under $50:

FOX Gold Digga Bag

Price: $40

Okay, I’ve already proven that I am a sensitive guy thanks to the whole grip donut thing, but now I am going to take it to a whole new level. I am going to recommend that you try buying a nice, thoughtful gift for the lady, or ladies, in your life this year. Then maybe, just maybe, you’ll actually score enough points to get the thumbs up on a day of riding with your bros, rather than the day at the mall, returning crappy holiday gifts, that you were in store for. There aren’t too many companies in the moto industry that offer as big of a women’s selection in clothing and accessories as Fox, and I think this Gold Digga purse is a great place to start. That, or you can drop serious coin on an LV purse like Garth did for his honey. Talk about sensitive…

Call 888/FOX-RACE or visit www.foxracing.com

Under $100:

Factory Effex DX1 Pro Series Number Plate Backgrounds

Price: $54.95

Does the dirt bikin’ maniac on your shopping list have a favorite number? Of course! Not sure what it is? Easy! Take a quick peek at his or her bike the next opportunity you get, and presto, lucky number revealed. Now, call Factory Effex and order up a set of their DX1 pre-printed number plate backgrounds. Not only can these little babies be custom-ordered with four different design options and your number of choice, but you can even have a name printed on the top of the front number plate for free. And if you’re a last-minute shopper, Factory Effex promises to process, build, and ship your order within 48 hours.

Call 800/866-0709 or visit www.factoryeffex.com

Under $250:

CCR Sport Bed Buddy

Price: $139.95 (Bed Buddy), $34.95 (Third Bike Extender), $15.95 (Tie-downs)

I transport my bikes to the track just like most motocrossers—in a truck. And whether I am hauling one bike or three, my life’s made a heck of a lot easier with the help of my Bed Buddy from CCR Sport. Gone are the days of having to pull over on the side of one of SoCal’s busy freeways to pick up and re-tie a fallen-down bike, and never again will the bed of my truck cave in under the constant pressure of a front knobby. And if you r affection than to give him or her the Ferrari of head protection, the new Shoei VFX-DT? The VFX-DT is not only very stylish, but also extremely comfortable, thanks to its lightweight design and heavy air ventilation. The new synthetic fiber liner also rules, and the VFX-DT is the only helmet on the market that doesn’t allow stinging sweat to drip into my eyes. After his 18th concussion last week, Swap vowed never to ride in anything else. What more of a recommendation do you need?

Call 714/730-0941 or visit www.shoei-helmets.com

COOLEY’S PICKS…

Under $25:

EVS Grip Donuts

Price: $2.95

Much like Garth—although I think he’s even a little softer than I am—I’ve got wussy thumbs that blister during a long moto. Yes, my version of a “long moto is quite a bit different than Ricky Carmichael’s, which is exactly why my thumbs still bubble up like a pot of boiling water when I am riding or testing all day long. My solution? Grip donuts, of course. Swap laughs every time I pull a set of EVS donuts out of my gear bag, but at the end of the day I am a happy (although verbally abused) camper. And for nearly the same price as a roll of medical tape, you can fill the stocking of every moto hound in your family. 

Call 800/229-4387 or visit www.evs-sports.com

Under $50:

FOX Gold Digga Bag

Price: $40

Okay, I’ve already proven that I am a sensitive guy thanks to the whole grip donut thing, but now I am going to take it to a whole new level. I am going to recommend that you try buying a nice, thoughtful gift for the lady, or ladies, in your life this year. Then maybe, just maybe, you’ll actually score enough points to get the thumbs up on a day of riding with your bros, rather than the day at the mall, returning crappy holiday gifts, that you were in store for. There aren’t too many companies in the moto industry that offer as big of a women’s selection in clothing and accessories as Fox, and I think this Gold Digga purse is a great place to start. That, or you can drop serious coin on an LV purse like Garth did for his honey. Talk about sensitive…

Call 888/FOX-RACE or visit www.foxracing.com

Under $100:

Factory Effex DX1 Pro Series Number Plate Backgrounds

Price: $54.95

Does the dirt bikin’ maniac on your shopping list have a favorite number? Of course! Not sure what it is? Easy! Take a quick peek at his or her bike the next opportunity you get, and presto, lucky number revealed. Now, call Factory Effex and order up a set of their DX1 pre-printed number plate backgrounds. Not only can these little babies be custom-ordered with four different design options and your number of choice, but you can even have a name printed on the top of the front number plate for free. And if you’re a last-minute shopper, Factory Effex promises to process, build, and ship your order within 48 hours.

Call 800/866-0709 or visit www.factoryeffex.com

Under $250:

CCR Sport Bed Buddy

Price: $139.95 (Bed Buddy), $34.95 (Third Bike Extender), $15.95 (Tie-downs)

I transport my bikes to the track just like most motocrossers—in a truck. And whether I am hauling one bike or three, my life’s made a heck of a lot easier with the help of my Bed Buddy from CCR Sport. Gone are the days of having to pull over on the side of one of SoCal’s busy freeways to pick up and re-tie a fallen-down bike, and never again will the bed of my truck cave in under the constant pressure of a front knobby. And if you really want to stoke out your loved one, order up a third bike extender and a few sets of tie-downs, too. You’ll be surprised at just how handy this whole setup can be. When the bikes are out of the truck, strap in a keg, propane for the b-b-que, or even a piñata! Isn’t that right, El Cobra?

Call 626/695-1218 or visit www.ccrsport.com

Unlimited:

Gaerne SG-10 Boots

Price: $329.00

I live near the beach, so finding me in a pair of flip-flops is par for the course about 75% of the time. The 25% of the time that I am not riding my beach cruiser down the boardwalk, however, I am usually riding a dirt bike, and flip-flops simply don’t cut it! What does? For me, it’s a pair of Gaerne SG-10s. SG-10s are constructed with the finest and most technologically advanced materials around, and the super strong wishbone pivot system that surrounds my ankle is not only comfortable and functional, it’s super supportive as well. If you’ve got an MXer on your list who’s in need of a new pair of moto slippers and is worthy of the price tag, look no further…

Call 800/426-0213 or visit www.gaerne.com

LUTES’S PICKS…

Under $25:

FMF T-Shirts

Price: $18.00

FMF not only makes fast hop-up parts but also really cool and creative shirts. All I wear are t-shirts, and these FMF ones fit nicely in my collection. There are so many different styles to choose from that almost anyone can find one they like. I don’t know about you, but I think the shirt looks much better on the lovely Jami.

Call 310/631-4FMF or www.fmfracing.com

Under $50:

Cycra Stealth Handguards

Price: $49.95

Back when I was an avid off-road rider, handguards were standard equipment. They have, however, become quite popular with motocrossers. For me, now that I have ditched the back-canteen and can call myself a full-fledged MXer, it’s a nice way to show my roots. These guards from Cycra look good and are all I need to protect my precious little fingers from a fresh stone spray sandwich.

Call 800/770-2259 or www.cycra.com

Under $100:

Utopia Slayer Goggles

Price: $59.00

Since the beginning, Utopia hasn’t had an original goggle frame. Not to be too blunt, but the popular Too Dirty goggles bore a striking resemblance to some competitors’. That has all changed. Utopia now offers these extremely cool Slayer goggles with a removable nose-guard and flexible, injection-molded frame. They also come in a variety of colors. I know I was stoked when I found they had hot pink. Ask my coworkers; I have an affinity for pink.

Call 310/536-9944 or www.utopiaoptics.com

Under $250:

Troy Lee Fuel Watch

Price: $115.00

I admit I’m a sucker for a cool watch. If I had the money, I would probably own a Rolex just for the bling-bling factor. Fortunately, Troy Lee makes some pretty sick timepieces that won’t set me back as much as a Rolex. This one, dubbed the Fuel, not only looks good but is comfortable, too. Now when I’m out picking up girls at the local watering hole, all I have to do to find the women of my dreams is walk up, say a cheesy line, and flash my bling… at least that’s how it goes in my head. 

Call 951/371-5219 or www.troyleedesigns.com

Unlimited:

CTi OTS Wrist Brace

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Price: $550.00

Some people have messed up knees, shoulders, or some other various appendages. Me… my wrists are completely jacked up. After destroying my left wrist a few years ago and just recently doing likewise to my other one, I’m in dire need of support. Needless to say, the first few times back in the saddle are going to be painful, but with a couple of these CTi wrist braces, the agony should be eased significantly. A beefy design and open palm makes them perfect for riding.

Call 949/859-4407 or  www.innovationsports.com

lly want to stoke out your loved one, order up a third bike extender and a few sets of tie-downs, too. You’ll be surprised at just how handy this whole setup can be. When the bikes are out of the truck, strap in a keg, propane for the b-b-que, or even a piñata! Isn’t that right, El Cobra?

Call 626/695-1218 or visit www.ccrsport.com

Unlimited:

Gaerne SG-10 Boots

Price: $329.00

I live near the beach, so finding me in a pair of flip-flops is par for the course about 75% of the time. The 25% of the time that I am not riding my beach cruiser down the boardwalk, however, I am usually riding a dirt bike, and flip-flops simply don’t cut it! What does? For me, it’s a pair of Gaerne SG-10s. SG-10s are constructed with the finest and most technologically advanced materials around, and the super strong wishbone pivot system that surrounds my ankle is not only comfortable and functional, it’s super supportive as well. If you’ve got an MXer on your list who’s in need of a new pair of moto slippers and is worthy of the price tag, look no further…

Call 800/426-0213 or visit www.gaerne.com

LUTES’S PICKS…

Under $25:

FMF T-Shirts

Price: $18.00

FMF not only makes fast hop-up parts but also really cool and creative shirts. All I wear are t-shirts, and these FMF ones fit nicely in my collection. There are so many different styles to choose from that almost anyone can find one they like. I don’t know about you, but I think the shirt looks much better on the lovely Jami.

Call 310/631-4FMF or www.fmfracing.com

Under $50:

Cycra Stealth Handguards

Price: $49.95

Back when I was an avid off-road rider, handguards were standard equipment. They have, however, become quite popular with motocrossers. For me, now that I have ditched the back-canteen and can call myself a full-fledged MXer, it’s a nice way to show my roots. These guards from Cycra look good and are all I need to protect my precious little fingers from a fresh stone spray sandwich.

Call 800/770-2259 or www.cycra.com

Under $100:

Utopia Slayer Goggles

Price: $59.00

Since the beginning, Utopia hasn’t had an original goggle frame. Not to be too blunt, but the popular Too Dirty goggles bore a striking resemblance to some competitors’. That has all changed. Utopia now offers these extremely cool Slayer goggles with a removable nose-guard and flexible, injection-molded frame. They also come in a variety of colors. I know I was stoked when I found they had hot pink. Ask my coworkers; I have an affinity for pink.

Call 310/536-9944 or www.utopiaoptics.com

Under $250:

Troy Lee Fuel Watch

Price: $115.00

I admit I’m a sucker for a cool watch. If I had the money, I would probably own a Rolex just for the bling-bling factor. Fortunately, Troy Lee makes some pretty sick timepieces that won’t set me back as much as a Rolex. This one, dubbed the Fuel, not only looks good but is comfortable, too. Now when I’m out picking up girls at the local watering hole, all I have to do to find the women of my dreams is walk up, say a cheesy line, and flash my bling… at least that’s how it goes in my head. 

Call 951/371-5219 or www.troyleedesigns.com

Unlimited:

CTi OTS Wrist Brace

Price: $550.00

Some people have messed up knees, shoulders, or some other various appendages. Me… my wrists are completely jacked up. After destroying my left wrist a few years ago and just recently doing likewise to my other one, I’m in dire need of support. Needless to say, the first few times back in the saddle are going to be painful, but with a couple of these CTi wrist braces, the agony should be eased significantly. A beefy design and open palm makes them perfect for riding.

Call 949/859-4407 or  www.innovationsports.com

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Price: $550.00

Some people have messed up knees, shoulders, or some other various appendages. Me… my wrists are completely jacked up. After destroying my left wrist a few years ago and just recently doing likewise to my other one, I’m in dire need of support. Needless to say, the first few times back in the saddle are going to be painful, but with a couple of these CTi wrist braces, the agony should be eased significantly. A beefy design and open palm makes them perfect for riding.

Call 949/859-4407 or  www.innovationsports.com