When you purchase a new motorcycle, oftentimes you feel like it just doesn’t fit as perfectly as you’d like it to. That is why customizing your motorcycle is so important, because your bike should be reflection of your unique riding style and personality. This applies to the seats, the shield, the light bar and much more – even the chrome on the bike. Riding a motorcycle is a unique experience, so your bike should be unique too. If you have a certain identity, your bike should have an identity as well. However, there is a right way and wrong way to customize your bike. The last thing you want to do is find yourself unable to ride your motorcycle – all because a part was mismatch or didn’t line up properly. Here are some of the do’s and don’t of customizing your motorcycle.
Don’t randomly eyeball parts and decide those are the ones you are going to use to customize your motorcycle. Not only can having random motorcycle parts look aesthetically unpleasing, but also, you might find that it is difficult to ride your motorcycle if something is out of place or is too big or small. So, always make sure you know that all pieces and parts will fit seamlessly before you purchase them.
Do have a plan. Without a plan, your motorcycle customization process will be incredibly frustrating. While some of the customization process will be trial and error, you don’t want the entire process to be trial and error. This can cost you money and time. When it comes to motorcycle parts, things can really start to add up, so you want to make sure you have an incredibly organized blueprint as to what goes where. When you are in the shop, you should be screwing parts into place, not trying to figure out how they screw in.
Don’t forget about who will be riding with you. If you have partner, chances are that you will need to keep that in mind when you are customizing your bike. Not all bikes come with a passenger seat for your riding partner. If that is the case, you have to build one, which can be rather costly. However, if you want to save money – and a whole lot of time – it would be wise to purchase a removable suction seat, like the Butty Buddy. These seats are easy to attach via suction cups, they are incredibly comfortable and, most importantly, are safe.
Lastly, do make sure your motorcycle has the right dimensions. The last thing you want when you customize your motorcycle is to not be able to reach your handlebars or be able to reach the foot controls. So, before you start to disassemble your bike, and before you purchase parts, make sure that you take all your measurements and include them into the plan. The handlebars should be safely within arms reach and it should never feel uncomfortable to grip them. Also, the foot controls should never be in too tight of a spot, or else starting and stopping your motorcycle will be incredibly frustrating. At the end of the day, a pair of high-bars will look cool, but not if you can’t reach them.