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2023 J&P Cycles Motorcycle Gift Guide

Nov 04, 2023

When it comes to holiday gift giving, it's always the thought that counts, but it sure feels better when the right gift hits the spot. Whether you're a non-rider trying to come up with a good idea for your favorite motorcyclist or a rider casting about for ideas for your riding friends, it's time for our annual gift guide to come to your aid.

We've compiled a list of popular and new parts and gear just in time for the season.

Thrashin Supply Essential Saddlebags V3

There’s a false dichotomy when purchasing a bike from the dealership. These days, it seems like your choices in new bikes are either the minimalist bobber route or join the pack-everything bagger brigade. Practically everyone wants some storage but not everyone needs a fully dressed tourer. That’s where Thrashin Supply’s Essential Saddlebags step in. 

At $249.99, the Thrashin Supply Essential Saddlebags are a moderate luggage option for a moderate price.

Easy to install and constructed from durable 1680D denier ballistic nylon, the lightweight bags fit an assortment of Harley-Davidson Dyna, Sportster, FXR, and Softail models. Each bag roughly accommodates a six-pack of your favorite (ahem) carbonated beverage, measuring 11 inches in length, five inches in width, and eight inches in height. Molle attachments allow users to expand on that carrying capacity and customers can add the Thrashin Supply Rack (sold separately) for a more precise fitment.

Burly MX Footpegs

Let’s face it. Stock footpegs hardly cut the mustard. Narrow, short, and slippery, it’s only a matter of time before the OE pegs meet their fate at the bottom of the waste bin. When it’s time to upgrade, Burly’s MX Footpegs bring motocross functionality to the Harley ranks.

With a bottle opener built into the center rib of each peg, the Burly MX knows its audience.

Serrated edges provide the excellent grip in all weather conditions, while an adjustable clevis adapts to several models and custom builds. Customers can even install the MX-style units as rider and/or passenger pegs. Finished in black and starting at $143.95, the Burly MX footpegs are equal parts fashionable and functional.   

Letric Lighting Co. 7" LED Aggressive Multi-Mini Headlamp

Whether your bike boasts a snazzy LED headlight from the factory or a time-tested halogen lamp, odds are an aftermarket LED unit is a worthy upgrade. Letric Lighting Co. offers one such example, with its appropriately named Aggressive Multi-Mini Headlamp.

Letric Lighting's Aggressive Multi-Mini Headlamp puts all 21 LEDs to use with low- and high-beam functions.

If any uncertainty remains about the headlamp’s lighting ability, a 21-LED array leaves no doubts. The Multi-Mini is plug-and-play for most Harleys produced between 2014 and 2023, but Hogs using dual-bulb factory headlights require an adaptor pigtail. With such an easy install process and a $188.95 price tag, upgrading is practically a no-brainer.

Arlen Ness Downdraft Forged Mirror Set

For some, it’s the dated styling. For others, it’s the utility (or lack thereof). No matter the reason, few riders stick with the stock mirrors for very long. Custom chopper icon Arlen Ness passed on in 2019, but his iconic style still shapes the cruiser market. The Downdraft mirrors are proof of that enduring influence.

Arlen Ness never compromises on finish. On sale for $179.96, the Downdraft mirrors put that attention to detail on full display.

Forged from billet aluminum, the head and stem feature an elongated form reminiscent of Ness’ flowing designs. The streamlined mirrors deliver the custom chopper look without sacrificing rear-view visibility. All the while, a heavy-duty stainless steel pivot helps maintain visual integrity. Suitable for cruisers of all makes and models, the Downdraft also comes with standard and metric mounting hardware.

Custom Dynamics ProBEAM Turn Signal Conversion Kit

Even the latest-generation Harley-Davidsons feature incandescent bulbs as turn signals. Custom Dynamics has helped Harlistas replace those antiquated blinkers for the past 21 years. Now, the company takes those indicator swaps to the next level with the ProBEAM Turn Signals

When paired with Custom Dynamics' ProBEAM Lenses (included), the ProBEAM LED Turn Signals remain DOT/SAE-compliant.

The plug-and-play conversion kit utilizes automotive grade LEDs set against Custom Dynamics’ reflector technology. Up front, 24 white ProBEAM LEDs function as running lights while 12 amber-colored central LEDs relay the rider’s intent to turn. In contrast, the rear units employ 24 red ProBEAM LEDs for braking and blinker duties. Living up to its sterling reputation, Custom Dynamics also offers the $244.90 conversion kit with a lifetime warranty. 

Biltwell Exfil-80 2.0 Sissy Bar Bag

Road trips can be one of the most rewarding experiences on two wheels. Not all motorcycles come travel-ready, however. In such situations, Biltwell’s Exfill-80 2.0 sissy bar bag helps nearly all riders pack what they need out on the open road.

The Exfil-80 delivers on its name by storing up to 80 12-ounce beverage cans. That’s 51 liters of capacity, for those actually planning on packing gear.

The robust rucksack benefits from ballistic-grade polyester nylon material, while an exterior PVC treatment seals out the elements. The 2.0 version now sports a tougher, built-in tool pouch, larger straps and buckles, and updated rip-stop pockets. Also, the magic pass-thru allows users to access their belongings without unbuckling the bag from your motorcycle. That's an impressive list of features for a bag retailing at $299.95.

RidePower Portable Power Bank

Anything can happen on a long-distance road trip. That’s why tool rolls and patch kits are invaluable assets. One emergency accessory commonly overlooked is a portable power bank. Should your battery call it quits at the least opportune time, RidePower’s latest offering promises to get you back on the road in no time.

RidePower's Portable Power Bank costs $139.95, but it's a priceless accessory for travelers and commuters alike.

With the capacity to jumpstart full-sized automobiles, the 10,000 mAh power bank delivers more than enough juice for even the largest two-wheeled tourers. Alligator clips easily clamp onto battery terminals, while the 100-volt and USB charger adapters keep the unit fully charged. Anything can happen on a road trip, but with RidePower’s Portable Power Bank, you can always be prepared.

Dynojet Power Vision

One brand is virtually synonymous with aftermarket engine tuning: Dynojet. To say the company’s Power Vision tuner is well known among Harley riders would be an understatement. Offering the utmost control and versatility, the Power Vision puts all the tuning power in the rider’s hands.

Users can even load aftermarket tunes from custom tuning shops onto the Dynojet Power Vision.

Once connected to a motorcycle, the tuner automatically identifies the model’s specs and suggests dyno-tested tunes. The user can also access up to six different tunes while storing the stock calibration info. With the display mounted, Power Vision presents performance data like air-to-fuel ratio, current mpg, and diagnostic codes. At $599.99, the feature-rich tuner is the ideal present for the person at the top of the shopping list.

Kuryakyn Road Thunder Bluetooth Sound Bar Plus by MTX

Not everyone can afford the latest Boom! or PowerBand speakers offered by the Motor Company and Indian (respectively). Fortunately, you don’t need a full stereo system to turn up your tunes. Whether you cruise the streets on a Scout or pound the pavement on a Heritage Classic, Kuryakyn’s Road Thunder Bluetooth Sound Bar brings big sound to non-tourers.

On sale for $452.66, the Kuryakyn Road Thunder is a fraction of the cost of on-board infotainment systems.

The weather-resistant, IP66-rated housings and built-in heat sink protect the MTX-developed sound bar in both wet and warm conditions. Coming in at 10.6 inches in length and 2.9 inches in diameter, mounting the unit is also cinch. Users can even connect their devices via the 3.0 Bluetooth receiver or auxiliary input. The 300-watt Road Thunder’s two-inch-by-three-inch twin speakers may not match the stereo systems on full dressers, but they certainly bring the noise.