My dad might just be the most difficult person I know to find gifts for. Unlike other dads, who might enjoy fishing, golfing, or watching football, mine rides and restores vintage motorcycles for fun. What’s so difficult about that? Well, there are only so many spark plugs and screwdrivers he needs, and only so many specialty parts I can track down before I’m in over my head.
That’s why I went out on a limb this Christmas, and decided to give him one of our LED flexible work lights. It’s battery operated with a long gooseneck, a solid clamp, and a magnetic base. I wrapped it up, stuck it under our tree, and *hoped* he would find some use for it in his garage workshop.
As it turns out, that work light was just what he needed. In fact, he told me he had never found something quite so perfect for working on his beloved bikes. (And trust me, he’s been doing this for awhile).
Let’s take a look at all the ways this light works for working on motorcycles:
1. Lit From Above
Check out the way the light gently swoops around the bike’s body. Like it was meant to be.
As you can see, the light’s long neck lets it curve and reach to illuminate the motorcycle’s body for detailed work.
To use the motorcycle utility light in this way, you can easily mount it on the bike’s muffler with the strong magnet in the base. Then just curve the flexible neck to light the spot you need to focus on. This is what the magnet looks like from up close:
2. Balanced On The Seat
One thing my dad commented about was how heavy-duty the base of the light was. It let him balance the light on the seat to illuminate the motorcycle from a different angle.
You don’t have to worry about knocking it off balance; the light is sturdy enough that it will stay put. Here’s a close up:
3. Angled Down
The handy clamp also works well to position the LED light at even more angles. In this photo, the light illuminates the bottom of the motorcycle body:
My dad really liked the plastic and rubber guards on the clamp, which will protect the bike from damage. Here it is close-up in use:
4. Lit From Below
You can also attach the clamp to a foot peg if you need to see what’s happening around the very bottom of the motorcycle.
5. Lit From Within
If you need to focus on the minute intricacies of the motorcycle, the LED light is small enough to fit many nooks and crannies within the body.
One of my dad’s favorite things about this light is that the hearty flexible neck won’t swing, fall, or jiggle if you happen to bump into it while working. It will stay put, so you can focus on what’s important.
So, I consider this year’s gift a smashing success. Did you give anything unexpectedly awesome to your nearest and dearest for the holidays? How about any super cool lighting products? I’m all ears!