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2018 Gift Guide: 30 under $100

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The handy annual sub-$100 gift-guide for picking out a perfect, pre-screened present for that motorcycle-riding loved one in your life—without breaking the bank.



Save yourself from the agony of decision, and the anxiety of waiting for a package to arrive in time for the holidays. We can email you a print-and-fold e-version of a perfectly presentable gift card—good for any amount you want, and valid in-store or online.




Union Garage ATGATT Koozies — $5

You use a DOT-helmet to protect your brain, why would you not choose to provide your favorite frosty beverage with the same government-compliant protection? These classic DOT-approved ATGATT Koozies are made out of sturdy 3mm thick neoprene, not that super cheap foam that will only last one camping trip. Just $5 apiece, and liable to get thrown in for free on a big holiday order.



Universal Cargo Net — $10

A handy cargo net is an indispensable accessory for any rider. This thing is good or an extra helmet, a bag of groceries, a six-pack (12-pack in a pinch), or and extra layer or two that you might find yourself needing to peel off during a long day on the bike. It’s like the duct tape of motorcycles—just gets the job done. It’s sized 13″ x 13″ with 6 metal hooks, each one tipped with a rubber cap to protect your paint.



S100 Cleaner — $10-60

The S100 line of cleaners and polishes is the go-to cleaning product for motorcyclists in the know. The company’s various products have been shared by word-of-mouth for years. The lineup includes three standout bottled cleaning and polishing products, or pick up a complete all-in-one cleaning kit—a perfect sure-fire gift for any motorcyclist.


Rok Straps — $15-26

Bungee cords are for the birds. Your best bet for inexpensively toting an extra layer, helmet, or even small bag of groceries is a $10 elastic mesh cargo net. But for serious loads, look no further than Rok Straps—available in three sizes. Even the smallest set is capable of holding heavy loads in place at death defying speeds, however we recommend the big 60” set, that’ll hold anything from a 6-pack to the largest bag (or bags) you could conceivably load onto your pillion seat.



Emergency cable repair kit  — $18

Meet MacGyver in a can. If you’ve ever had to sit on the side of the road waiting for a rescue because of a stupid snapped cable, this Emergency Cable Repair Kit needs no further explanation. It comes with two steel cables and enough ferules and miscellaneous end-bits to bodge your way out of a jam. This is by no means intended to be a permanent solution but it’ll give you a fighting chance at getting back on the road after a clutch or throttle cable snaps.



“Lone Rider” by Elspeth Beard — $20

If you missed this pioneering motorcyclist’s presentation at the shop this fall, you can still catch the archived live-stream on the website. And the best complement to hearing her live cliff notes is to read her new memoir, “Lone Rider,” which recounts what it was like to ride clear around the world on a motorcycle solo in 1982.


S.O.L. Emergency Bivvy — $20

Expect the best, plan for the worse. SOL stands for Survive Outdoors Longer, but if you have to use this thing in the wild you are definitely close to Shit Outa Luck. But can you imagine the gratitude you’d earn from someone you gifted this to who ended up actually needing it? This emergency bivvy packs down to the size of your fist, weighs nothing, and also works well for ultralight dirtbag moto-camping.


Dyna Plug Tire Repair — $21-30

This brilliant little compact tire plug kit is entirely self-contained, with a push-on silicone end-cap that seals and stores spare repair plugs and other accessories inside the handle.


Union Garage 5-panel Hat — $25

These 5-panels are 100% made in USA—the hats are from Jersey, the labels are embroidered in North Carolina, and they’re sewn together up in Harlem. There’s a leather strap on the back with a cinch-clasp—one size fits all.


KLIM Merino Moto Socks — $25

Who doesn’t like getting socks for Christmas? Especially quality technical socks that’ll play nice with boots, and help wick away sweat while keeping you warm and dry. We’ve got two types in stock from KLIM. A summer-only ventilated option, as well as this everyday Merino/Poly blend.


Union Garage Bit Kit— $25-45

This kit is stocked with made-in-Connecticut (really!) tool bits, ratchet and screwdriver handle and extension, and offered in a few different variations depending on your needs. It’s also part of our UGNYC Toll Roll that we sell as a complete kit. We offer this kit with a choice of either ratchet wrench, and with or without the screwdriver.


“Total Control” by Lee Parks — $30

We want to keep you alive. You want to keep you alive. Reading this book will make you—or a loved one you gift this fantastic book to—a better motorcycle rider. It’s really as simple as that.


Union Garage T-Shirts — $30

Did you know we now offer our best Union Garage shop shirts with the same super soft poly-cotton as always, but in women’s specific styles? We do. Dig it.


Quad Lock RAM RAM Ball Mount — $30

We are inordinately excited about this latest phone mount from Quad Lock. Why? Because it’s quite simply and very clearly the most sophisticated way ever devised to mount a phone to your motorcycle. How? It takes what we’ve already deemed to be the best phone-mount system on the planet, and makes it even better by allowing use of RAM Mount’s multiple mount options, and infinite adjustability by way of ball-and-socket articulation.


Union Trucker hat — $30

Everyone should have a quality trucker hat or two in their closet, and now you can fulfill that basic human right while supporting your favorite independent motorcycle gear outfitter at the same time.


Cruz Tool Speed Kit — $33

This handy zippered tool pouch comes with a smart complement of hand tools to help administer basic mechanical duties on any motorcycle. Available in two flavors—standard and metric.


Knox Cold Killers Glove Liners — $35

Knox under-gloves help add precious warmth to the part of the body that gest cold the quickest. The gloves are made with an exterior softshell for wind-proofing, and use 3D mesh fabric on the inside so as not to sacrifice control. Think of them as a step up from a standard silk glove liner. They take up just slightly more room, but offer a big step up in protection from the wind and cold.



Alpinestars Rain Gear — $55-120

The Hurricane rain gear series from Alpinestars is made of lightweight, durable Nylon, with a waterproof/breathable coating. It packs down into an included stuff-sack and can be purchased as two-piece separates (jacket + pants), or as one glorious onesie—and everything’s available in either either black or high-vis yellow.




Kryptonite Disc Lock — $35

Besides an up-to-date-insurance policy, or a pricey garage, this hardened steel yellow barnacle is the easiest way to safeguard your precious motorcycle while parking on the street. Not only does it prevent a would-be ne’er-do-well from simply walking away with your bike, it also broadcasts with obnoxiously bright colors that your bike is locked. Plus, the included reminder cable keeps you from an embarrassing and potentially damaging false start.


Leatherman Freestyle Multi-Tool — $40

The Freestyle has a steel clip for securing into your jeans pocket. It’s light and slim enough to not be in the way, but always handy when you need it. The combination smooth/serrated blade is easy to flick into action, and can cut through anything from cardboard to a small tree limb. It’s been dutifully field-tested with everything from fruit to fuel line. This shiv is made in Oregon from Stainless steel, so it wont rust when you wash between jobs.


SnapJack Bike Stand — $50

The SnapJack V2 is a collapsible bike stand for propping up the rear wheel for chain service, tire inspection and cleaning.  It deploys in seconds and takes up very little storage space. The design relies on your kickstand to cantilever your bike up off the ground just enough to work on it. A fraction of the price of a rear stand, it comes with a carrying pouch, anti-slip pads for working on smooth surfaces, and a strap to engage your front brake—just in case.


Union Garage Plate Puller — $60

A staple for any rider—metro NYC based, or not—looking for a classy way to fasten one’s license plate down. Of course it also functions to help you remove the plate quickly and covertly in order to opportunistically dodge parking tickets. But we (wink) can’t condone such shenanigans.


Moto Pump — $60

This genius little gadget plugs into your bike’s 12-volt power supply and reliably gets your tires up to safe spec in just a couple of minutes. It’s well made and proven in the field over years of carrying it. It comes with a standard SAE Battery Tender cable if you don’t already have one, plus an alligator clip attachment for jumping onto any 12-volt (car or bike) battery, and a 6-foot SAE extension for ease of use.


Italian Sporting Bikes Prints — $65

Italian Sporting Bikes of the 1970s — an exclusive poster series by Union Garage. Artwork by Sir Martin Squires. These illustrations were commissioned as part of a one-day motorcycle show in Brooklyn, and they’ll look great on your wall forever. Available as the “full collection” shown here, or as glorious standalone single-bike posters.




KLIM Scramble Pak — $70

Scramble Pak, Fanny bag, call it what you will. But forget everything you know about misguided 90’s fashion trends, this thing is the real deal and capably kicks the ass of most backpacks—which, if you haven’t noticed, are not so great to carry on a motorcycle. They’re especially no fun on a dual-sport bike, which is where the Scramble Pak really shines. This thing has easy access pockets, is built like a tank from bar-tacked Cordura, and comes with its own fold-out tool roll.



Gerbing Dual Controller — $70

Ok this one is bait-and-switch. Alone, this $70 accessory will do you no good. But pair it with Gerbing 12-volt gloves and a jacket liner, and you’re on your way to riding like a Viking who’s died and gone cruising to sunny Valhalla. Even if it’s actually 30 degrees and grey as death in December.


Scosche jump packs — $80-150

Scosche jump packs promise worry-free phone charging and bike boosting for up to 1000-plus charge/re-charge cycles. Unlike other fly-by-night electronics companies whose products might last a few tries before failing spectacularly—when you need them most—each Scosche jump pack (pronounced skōsh) comes with a quality fuse-protected, spark-free smart design that’s engineered right and backed with a quality guarantee.


Lee Parks Deertours— $95

We’ve had Lee Parks US-made deerskin gloves in the store since Day One, and they continue to be an indispensable favorite. We’ve seen folks come back to buy 2nd or 3rd pairs. They last for years—more if you’ve got them in a rotation with other gloves. And they offer some of the best dexterity in the business, without ever sacrificing protection. The deerskin is doubled up at the palm and knuckles, and holds up better in a slide than cowhide. Plus, this design minimizes the number of vulnerable seams.


Kriega US Series Drybags — $99-169

Another perennial can’t-go-wrong favorite, the US series drybags from Kriega deliver fully-functional waterproof storage solutions specifically designed to be fastened down to just about any motorcycle. They come in 10-, 20- and 30-liter configurations—each of which can be fastened down on top of or onto the side of another Kriega US series bag, depending on how much storage you need. They stack like Legos, they’re bombproof, and theycome with a whopping 10-year guarantee to back it up.