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"Fast Bikes", January 1, 2013

CHRISTMAS CRACKERS!

Need a last minute Christmas gift? Well look no further, folks!

Christmas eh? No matter if you like it, agree with it or whatever, chances are you’ll need to buy some pressies. So, we thought we’d get a load of cool stuff together to show you, just in case you needed a last-minute, motorcycling related buy. Yes, it’s true that the mag’ has come out quite close to the big day, but most of what you’ll find here is available through dealers or normal retailers, so you should still have time to pick something up.

Alternatively, order yourself something for Christmas before it, knowing that it won’t arrive in time, but that a few days after it’ll be like Christmas all over again! That’s a win-win situation if you ask us. Of course, the alternative could be to use a motorcycle courier to go pick last-minute stuff up. It’s completely feasible, helps the industry, and would give those poor frozen sods a bit of extra cash for the festive season – everyone wins!

The sheer amount of cool biking-related gear on tap is awesome, from games to books, from models to RC bikes and the HM dash. The world is your oyster. Happy Christmas!

HM DASH

£800.00 WWW.HMDASH.COM

Nothing says “Darling, I love you” at Christmas like a multifunction HM Dash. Tackling stuff like road, track, lap-time and qualifying modes, Xmas can be spent learning all about your new, elicit love. And that's just the tip of what this smart looking Crimbo surprise can do. We've seen plenty folk with an HM dash on their road and race bikes. Look nice on yours too, huh?

BIKE IT MOTOGP STUFF

FROM £3.99 WWW.BIKEIT.CO.UK

If you love MotoGP, then BikeIt’s GP branded range is for you. Starting off small from £3.99 keyrings, there’s little that isn’t available from mugs, socks and drinks bottles all the way up to tyre-warmers! The catalogue is huge, and whatever it is you or a pressie recipient desires will likely be found within.

FRO SYSTEMS GIFTS

FROM -£15,00 WWW.FROSYSTEMS.COM

Fro Systems is a company that’s growing in our mind’s eye, by providing all sorts of different kit for different disciplines, as well as toys and gadgets. The kid’s bike is a snip at £65, still not sure why there are headphones here but hey, it’s Christmas!

DUCATI APPAREL

FROM £34.00 WWW.DUCATIUK.COM

Ducati may have lost a little of its mystical aura since becoming so massively popular, but the brand still exudes super-cool kudos, as does most of their branded merchandise. And it's always top quality, because Ducati enthusiasts would stand nothing less. Goodies galore await on the website.

TAMIYA MODELS

FROM £29.99 WWW.EMODELS.CO.UK

AH plastic models, don’t you just love them? It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, doing all the fiddly bits, but there are few who don’t appreciate a well finished kit, us included. Tamiya’s 1/12 scale is extensive, with bikes ranging over decades, road and race. This Fiat Yamaha of Rossi’s would look awesome on any mantelpiece, don’t you think?

HANSPREE SE32 TV

£199.99 WWW.EBUYER.COM

Of course, if you're buying games and DVDs, you'll need something to play them on. Proving that sponsoring racing works, we immediately thought of Hannspree, purveyor of fine TV and monitors at excellent prices. This here 32” beauty is HD 720p ready and won't break the bank. Can we have two, please?

VENOM VMX450 RC BIKE

£549.99 WWW.HOBBYBASE.CO.UK

Radio controlled motorcycles have come on a long way in the last decade or so, culminating in little rippers such as this. It must be seen in action to be appreciated (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_TqX61BLtM). It’s expensive, but sheer brilliance is never cheap!

HAYNES BIKING BOOKS

£9.99 WWW.HAYNES.CO.UK

Nothing beats a nice, big and bright coffee-table motorcycling book to flick through over a nice winter cuppa. Haynes has several to choose between, from MotoGP to Road Racing to WSB. Better yet, is the Biography section and most especially, Wayne Rainey’s. Wayne’s is still considered the best of the bunch, a really cracking read.

BIKING GAMES

£14.77 WWW.AMAZON.CO.UK

The good thing about computer games is that because most folk around the age of 40 grew up with the rise of home gaming, you don’t mind playing against the kids! One present, two happy people, bonza! Enjoy!

RACING DVDS

From £16.99 WWW.DUKEVIDEO.COM

Duke Video, gawd bless them, has been providing us in the UK with racing action for decades. They have a huge catalogue going back years, most of which has been converted to DVD now. MotoGP 2012 and TT 2012 out now!

KTM PRESSIES

From £16.41 WWW.KTM.COM/GB

KTM wins the award hands down, for the most extensive, daftest and often most pointless accessories range from a motorcycle manufacturer. We love them deeply for this, too. A KTM dog bowl, for example? It’s gratifying to behold KTM’s madness runs into all their products, not just their bikes.

RED TORPEDO TEES

From £24.50 WWW.REDTORPEDO.COM

We love Red Torpedo’s gear here at FB, and it’s not a stretch to see us wearing a t-shirt, or pair of pants, from Red Torpedo’s huge range. We support them, because they support many racers on track and roads. The fact their clothing range is also stylish and of good quality, is just the icing on the panettone!

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