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What’s on Santa’s biker list?

The turkey carcass is in the rubbish bin, Black Friday has left you black and blue, the first day of deer season is done, and Cyber Monday is now going much longer. Now what? It is the season to start your Christmas lists and get those Christmas cards out into the mail. I’ve already received one, which of course puts me in panic mode. At least I have bought some cards to send this year.

I was passing by Two Jacks on my way “up the mall” and decided to stop in and see what was out for Christmas this year. The old man is definitely not getting any more bling for his bike. So what’s left for the bike or biker who has everything?

If you aren’t sure or aren’t a motorcycle enthusiast yourself but have a loved who one is, Two Jacks has the perfect solution for you. They have a well trained staff of personal shoppers led by TJ Breck, the proud new father of Evan Thomas. He and his wife Kelly have their own special gift just in time for Christmas. I wonder if Evan will get a little motorcycle from Santa this year.

TJ and his staff can assist you with all of your motorcycle needs. You can create a wish list at the store or online by visiting ww.twojacks.com and clicking “Wish List” under “Shopping,” and bring it with you to the store where the personal shoppers will help you to find that perfect Christmas present for the biker or ATV rider in your life. It’s a pretty cool idea when you think about it. You don’t have to be afraid of not understanding all the parts and accessories that could go on a bike or an ATV your personal shopper knows all that information.

So what kinds of things might make for a good present to put under the tree or on the bike? Some of the ideas that J Hanley and Jenn Williams came up with were pretty cool. First of all, they are really “moving the last of the ’08’s very aggressively.” They are giving away free winches with ATV sales. There are even a few used bikes for someone looking for a good used bike or for that first bike.

One idea that was particularly interesting and not very expensive was tickets to the bike show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. This is happening on Sunday, Jan. 18, and Two Jacks is running two busses into the event. Tickets go on sale at the shop with more information online on their home page, www.twojacks.com. What’s so cool about this trip is, as J says, “you get to see all the new models before they come out. It’s nice to go sit on a bike and see what it feels like.” A plus in my book is that someone else is doing the driving into the city and dealing with parking. Seats will be limited, so get down to the shop for tickets early. All information will be online this week, so check it out. It might be a romantic trip into the City for you and your motorcycle rider.

There is also a new line of quads and scooters to be had this year. The store just incorporated the Kymco line of ATVs and scooters into its lineup. The scooters start at 150 ccs and go up to 250 ccs. I hear that they are pretty fast for lower-range motors. These machines are made in Taiwan and are very well made. Some of the models have been designed by BMW and built by Kymco.

For the gadget guru, there are a number of choices. Jenn says that “GPS devices are becoming really popular.” They also have some helmet cameras and Blue Tooth communication devices for talking while on your ride.

As to how the economy is working for the motorcycle sales industry, J and Jenn tell me that there’s “really very little effect.” “People wanting to get the most tricked out quad may realize that it is time to cut back a bit on the extras and focus on what they really need. People are a little more cautious this year,” they said. But they added “we are trying to make a strong effort to make sure to get the customer the best deal and the best rate [for financing]. Building customer relations counts, every penny counts these days.”

Jenn explained, “We spend a lot of time with customers to find the right gift working hard with people who may not be riders.”

Of course if all else fails there is the old fashioned gift card that you can purchase and let your biker do her own shopping. Gift cards also make great stocking stuffers.

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