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Have someone on your list who rides, maintains and repairs a motorcycle?
Check out our motorcycle enthusiasts’ Christmas Gift Gallery for some gift-giving inspiration to fit your price range and — bonus — that they’ll actually use. How’s that for a concept!
Holiday Gift Guide 2013 for Motorcycles
Motorcycle tank bag Hit the road with plenty of room for all your personal items. Tank bag stores extra gloves, maps, your phone and more. A magnetic mount system secures the bag to the tank, and a carrying handle or backpack straps come in handy when your ride is done. ($49.99)
Full face and half motorcycle helmets Protect that precious cranium with a stylin’ lid. DOT approved, each motorcycle helmet is light but strong fiberglass construction. Full face helmets are fully padded yet still allow air circulation to keep you comfortable. (Starting at $24.99)
Pit Viper motorcycle dolly When a little shop-time therapy is in order, a motorcycle dolly makes for smooth sailing. Handled ramp / gate ends and dual caster wheels let you load and maneuver your motorcycle alone in peace. ($99.99)
Cruiser motorcycle dolly Are you of the “bigger is better” persuasion? Here’s a motorcycle dolly attuned to your philosophy. With this extra-long shop dolly, even cruisers and choppers can be tamed for easy handling in tight quarters. ($119.99)
Sport motorcycle carrier If you’re always on the move, and that includes hauling your sport bike from one brilliant riding destination to another, the motorcycle hitch carrier will get you there. Keep things simple with this carrier that includes a self-storing loading ramp and integrated wheel chock. ($269.99)
Black Widow motorcycle ramp Some people have all the best toys. Here’s an arched ramp system worthy of your keen eye for quality that loads your motorcycle or ATV into your pickup, then folds away neatly for storage. (Starting at $299.99)
Deluxe motorcycle cover Protect your ride when you’re not in the saddle. A waterproof motorcycle cover keeps the elements at bay while your bike is in storage for the off-season or between rides. A built-in tie strap and elastic edging create a more custom fit. ($33.99 & up)
Ratchet and cam tie down strap kit Everything comes together nicely with a complete kit of S-hook tie down straps for motorcycles, ATVs, lawn equipment and more. Each kit includes four tie downs along with four soft loops in a handy carrying case to keep things tidy and organized. ($34.99 & up)
For more ideas to round out your holiday gift giving and check that last person off your list, visit Discount Ramps. Happy holidays!
Fret no more. Discount Ramps has thousands of items that just about everyone on your holiday list will be happy to receive and appreciate using. From bikers to bicyclists; outdoor enthusiasts to pet people; to those who get around in a wheelchair or power scooter – they’re all covered.
The kicker is that right now, EVERY ITEM is on sale! From now through 12/31/13, get 10% off any product* when you use Promotion Code: holiday2013 at checkout. Enjoy expert customer service, 24/7 ordering and speedy delivery, since most orders ship within one business day. You’ll get a heap of satisfaction knowing you’ve given a gift your loved one can actually use.
Happy holidays from Discount Ramps!
December 2 is Cyber Monday this year, an American shopping phenomenon that has gained international legs since its inception in 2005. Always the Monday following Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday evolved as an extension of Black Friday, one of the biggest holiday shopping days of the year, whereby gift-givers could finish up their shopping To-Do’s left from the previous Friday.
And why on a Monday? At the time, few people had high-speed internet connections at home and, rather than suffer and grind through painfully slow dial-up at home, many opted to wait until they were back in the office on Monday to finish their lists when the boss wasn’t looking. These days, many people have equally fast service from their mobile devices, but, nonetheless, Cyber Monday remains a prime shopping event because so many retailers offer up their best deals and discounts just for this day.
Each year, Cyber Monday sales have jumped dramatically, with estimates from 2012 hitting between $1.5 – $2 billion; this year is projected to follow suit. Almost 40% of holiday shopping is expected to be online this year, with Cyber Monday sales holding greater appeal with the under 40 crowd at 60% of that demographic. It’s also interesting to note that online shoppers tend to be pretty generous in their gift –giving to themselves, averaging almost $160 on items intended for their own use.
If you aren’t already on board with Cyber Monday and online shopping, there are many compelling reasons to join the fun.
Shopping online allows you to compare prices for the best deals.
You are free to shop online at your convenience, whenever you wish, even in your pajamas or without a shave.
There are no crowds to fight, interminably long lines or break-neck battles for a parking space.
You can do your shopping piecemeal without having to burn big blocks of time with exhausting day-long trips to the mall.
Shop from your computer when the kids are asleep or playing outside; you won’t need a sitter, and they’ll still be surprised.
If you were out of town for Thanksgiving and unable to take advantage of the Black Friday door buster sales, no worries. Many retailers offer their best deals on Cyber Monday.
Discount Ramps has simplified their Cyber Monday sale by offering a discount on everything. From now through Monday, December 2, use the code BLKCB2013 on your purchase to receive 10% off any item, for a savings up to $50. This includes motorcycle, ATV, dirt bike and snowmobile ramps, lifts and stands; ramps, carriers and tie downs for wheelchairs, power scooters and walkers; bicycle racks and carriers; pet stairs, dog ramps and strollers; off road accessories, hunting products, skateboard ramps; and 1000’s of other items. See the details of the Discount Ramps Cyber Monday offer below, and happy shopping!
- Amadeo, Kimberly. What is Cyber Monday? Retrieved from http://useconomy.about.com/od/demand/f/Cyber_Monday.htm
- Cyber Monday 2013. The History and Origin of Cyber Monday. Retrieved from http://cybermonday2013.io/the-history-and-origin-of-cyber-monday/
- Freudenheim, Ellen. 10 Pros & Cons of Shopping on Black Friday & Cyber Monday: Where are the Deals? Retrieved from http://brooklyn.about.com/od/Thanksgiving-Week-in-Brooklyn/qt/10-Pros-And-Cons-Of-Shopping-On-Black-Friday-And-Cyber-Monday-Where-Are-The-Deals.htm
As dogs age, it’s not uncommon for them to develop hip or leg issues that make getting in and out of a vehicle difficult and painful. It’s easy to continue to view your companion as he always was, young and energetic, forgetting that physical capabilities decline for our canine friends, just as they do for us. We don’t expect an older parent or friend to get in and out of a car without some assistance; why would we expect an aging pet to do it?
Certain breeds – often the larger ones – tend to be more susceptible to conditions like hip dysplasia, and those problems are intensified in pets that are inactive and overweight. A portable dog ramp is a useful and affordable solution, particularly if you have trouble lifting the dog in and out of the vehicle yourself.
But how do you know if your dog will even use a pet ramp? While it’s hard to predict with 100% certainty, here are a few considerations.
We don’t expect an older parent or friend to get in and out of a car without some assistance; why would we expect an aging pet to do it?
If your dog goes up steps without hesitation, it may be a good indicator but not definitive proof for success with a dog ramp. Observe how your pet behaves on staircases that are more open and not completely enclosed to try to replicate conditions similar to what your dog would experience while using a dog ramp for an SUV, car or pickup truck.
You may also want to create a small “test” ramp at an angle similar to the pet ramp of your choice to assess whether your dog will climb the ramp voluntarily. This initial “test” ramp should be short and stable, and a little extra encouragement may be necessary. Start with the ramp in a flat position before moving on to a slight incline. Offering your dog a treat or food works well, holding it in front of the dog’s nose as you lead him slowly up the ramp. Hopefully, the desire for the treat exceeds his fear of the ramp and eventually, it may be equated as a game or a positive event.
The ideal scenario is to teach your canine to use a ramp while still a puppy, before it even becomes a physical necessity. Young or old, once you start picking your dog up to load and unload, his expectation may well be that you will continue to do so. Start slowly, gradually increasing the length and use of the dog ramp so the behavior becomes an everyday routine and second nature for you both. Not only will this save your own back from having to lift your pet in and out of the car, it may also prevent or lessen the development of long-term hip or leg injuries that can result from years of a repeated jumping motion and landing on a hard, jarring surface.
When selecting ramps for dogs, remember that a longer ramp has a lower degree of incline. This may prove easier for your pet to climb, especially if it is a new skill for him, and improve the likelihood of your animal’s success at using it. Since many dog ramps are available that either fold in half or telescope to reduce the storage length required, you want to purchase the longest ramp possible that will store easily in your vehicle.
Ramps also come in varying widths. The general rule of thumb is the larger your dog, the wider the ramp you need. The wider ramp provides additional room for the dog if he becomes distracted and gets “off track” while loading or unloading.
Construction of pet ramps is either aluminum or composite materials. Aluminum ramps require minimal care and won’t rust or break down if exposed to UV rays. Composite ramps are lighter and less likely to scratch the paint on your van or SUV. Also, composite ramps may crack if handled improperly whereas aluminum bends.
A final consideration is the ramp surface, which includes a grit surface, rubber or carpet. Grit surfaces provide superior traction, followed by rubber and carpet. Both grit and rubber surfaces require minimal cleaning, while carpeted surfaces tend to require more attention and may retain moisture, so select the style most suited to the activities of you and your pet.
As with learning any new behavior, patience and perseverance will pay off. In the long run, your dog and your back will both appreciate it!