Stuck for a gift? Solution No3: Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki or Kawasaki merchandiseFri, 09 Dec 2011
After the excesses of KTM and Harley's gifts ranges, Hondas seems tame. But even the sober Japanese firm has a handful of oddities in its line-up.
The Japanese have been accused of imitating in the past, and Honda's incorporation of a baby's dummy in its official accessories catalogue mimics KTM's 'Silencer-System Mini Pro'. But it's a one of the few quirks in an otherwise predictable range of hats, bags, keyrings, umbrellas, belts and pens.
For the truly original biker's Christmas gift, look elsewhere.
Yamaha is a bit wackier when it comes to the gifts section of its catalogue. Who'd have thought that Yamaha-branded flip-flops would have got the green light? Or a Yamaha teddy? However, as you might imagine with the Yamaha name stuck on them, the prices aren't exactly bargain-bin - £9.29 for some flip-flops?
Suzuki is yet another firm to offer a baby's dummy – what is it about those things? And like Yamaha there's a teddy in its range. But weirdest of all is the B-King Glass Cuboid – a glass, er, cuboid, with a 3d image of a B-King etched inside. For £55.56. Why?
Guess what Kawasaki has in its accessories range? Yup, a dummy. And a bear. What's more confusing is the firm's 'Kawasaki Cuddle' – a thing that looks like a donkey wearing riding kit including a helmet. The same character also appears on the company's dining set, which is plastic, incuding the knife and fork, so we're guessing it's for kids. Or perhaps there's just been a sensible decision that people who want a plate, bowl and mug with a Kawasaki-riding donkey printed on them shouldn't be allowed sharp objects.
See also: Boxx Corp Suitcase-Sized Electric Scooter, Suzuki Announces $4.2 Million Contingency for 2012, Wanted: Honda Motocompo.