Motorbikes are very romantic, primarily because they're cool, and that includes Vespas because they're chic. There are too many examples to list and one only needs mention Steve McQueen or Tom Cruise to open the floodgates.
Yet the task of finding motorcycle-themed gifts is a challenge. Branded mugs and towels suggest a lack of effort but technical gear is all too easy to get wrong. To help you along, we've put together this gift guide.
The best motorcycle gifts for Valentine's Day
We’ve organised our suggestions in ascending order of price so you find it easier to stick within your budget.
Natural Dried Rose Petals
Best romantic add-on
If you are set on going all romantic then good for you, do what you want and don't let anyone else dissuade you. Maybe you've even gone the whole hog and bought your loved one a new motorcycle. Like a cabernet or Malbec with steak, these natural (and therefore biodegradable) rose petals are a wonderful accompaniment to a gift.
Handmade Chocolate Motorbike
Best chocolate motorbike
Bang on theme and very tasty. Locally made chocolates using sustainable cocoa and dusted with an edible bronze lustre. Comes in a gift box with a ribbon and personalised card. Chocolate weight is 31g and box size is 13.8 x 9 x 2.5cm.
Oxford Brush & Scrub Set
Best motorcycle cleaning brush set
This kit from British kit and accessory giant Oxford may only contain four brushes but it will get you going when it comes to cleaning your bike. There is a large, soft wash brush for areas like the tank and bodywork; a long-reach wheel brush for rims and spokes; an angled double-density brush; and a pronged brush to clean in and outside of spokes. Reviews are good, as would be expected from Oxford.
Leathered: A life taken to extremes... on and off the bike
Best motorcycle book
This u2018autobiographyu2019 (it was actually ghost written by bikesport journalist Matt Roberts) of former MotoGP and BSB racer John u2018Hopperu2019 Hopkins has rightfully proved a best-seller.
Raised by English parents in California, Hopper became the youngest professional rider on the MotoGP circuit and was labelled in 2007 by Valentino Rossi as his most-feared rival until a series of horrific crashes, debt and addiction took their toll. Known to MotoGP fans as one of the most fearless and charismatic riders of his generation, this story pulls no punches.
Greased Lightning Showroom Shine 1L
Best waterless wash
Sometimes, you just want to give the bike a quick once over and canu2019t be bothered to get the pressure washer, bucket, sponge or brushes out. In that case, you need a waterless wash and this one is Amazonu2019s Choice for u2018Showroom Shineu2019.
It gets good reviews online and cleaning involves spraying it on, wiping it off and buffing up. Water beads nicely and it brings paintwork up well.
Oxford Tool Kit Pro
Best portable tool kit
For a kit small enough to fit under most motorcycle seats, Oxford has done a stellar job squeezing 27 pieces into it. The pliers, screwdriver handle, spanner, and ratchet handles have a grippy gel grips and all the metal is chrome vanadium.
Contents: 10-piece screwdriver bit set, adjustable mini spanner, extension bar, 5-piece hex key set (6mm,5mm, 4mm, 3mm & 2mm), mini wire cutters, screwdriver handle, mini needle nose pliers, mini ratchet handle, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 13mm, and 14mm sockets, and cable ties (2.5mm x 100mm, black)
Tamiya Honda CBR 1000-RR-R Fireblade SP
Best motorcycle model
A blending of icons - the exceptional Japanese kit manufacturer Tamiya and the latest version of the archetypical road-going superbike, the Honda CBR1000RR-R or Fireblade. While the latest version of the road bike has lost some of its charm, this superb kit replicates it beautifully and will challenge the hands of any builder. Measuring 176mm long, the kit features removeable bodywork to display the engine detail and it comes with two possible liveries.
Quad Lock Phone Mount
Best motorcycle phone mount
If you use your phone as a sat nav on your motorbike then you'll want a sturdy mount to eliminate any chance of it coming loose. This could be a dangerous distraction or worse, a flying hazard if it falls off. This Quad Lock mount is both simple to use (you just twist your phone on) and rock-solid, although you'll need a specific phone case to make it work. Worth it, we say.
MPW Motorcycle Workshop Mat
Best workshop mat
This is one of those motorcycle accessories or products that nobody actually needs and arguably serves very little practical purpose but is also something that every bike nut wants for their garage and to park their pride and joy upon.
They’re great for both showing off your bike and being a cleaner, more comfortable surface on which to work on your bike and this MPW item comes in a variety of bike-branded designs, in durable polyester with an oil and water-resistant, non-slip synthetic backing and measure 2 x 0.75m.
LEGO Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R
Best motorycle LEGO kit
This Panigale model features working front and rear suspension and turning wheels. It's 32cm long and was built in collaboration with Ducati, but unlike the BMW above features detachable fairing panels (so you can see the glorious V4 engine) and even a two-speed gearbox. Recommended for those aged 10+ (or even 50+) itu2019s a fabulous gift.
Off Road Dirt Bike Experience Day
Best off-road biking experience
The recipient heads to the Welsh hills to take part in a full day of tackling slopes and trails on the latest dirt bikes. It's a fully coached experience by people who want you to get the most from the experience. This day out caters to all skill levels.
Niall Mackenzie Superbike School
Best motorcycle track day
Located at Knockhill Circuit, this is a full day of on-track coaching by 3-time British Superbike champion Niall MacKenzie. It's the perfect opportunity for any biker to hone and develop their riding skills. Participants ride their own motorcycles.
The best motorcycle mag subscription
If one weekly motorcycling newspaper isn't enough, then a subscription the Bikes Unlimited app could be ideal. Included in this online service is MCN and its sister titles RiDE, Bike, Practical Sportsbikes, Classic Bike and Built. This mega-deal gives readers everything they need from first-hand consumer advice, global biking stories, hands-on practical advice, the best classic bikes and the world of custom motorcycling.