Inside the Motorbike Garage

For those who prefer the motorbike to the car what are options when it comes to improvement?

It depends on if you wish to restore the bike or start a new trend. With special parts and kits available including luggage racks, tool bags, fenders and crash bars amongst other items you can customize the bike for your needs.

Before customizing a new bike, be aware that it will violate the factory warranty. Most bike enthusiasts are more concerned with customizing than factory warranties, but it’s worth mentioning.

Possibly there is too much emphasis on restoring the bike to factory settings. Instead of completely restoring the bike, it may only need to look right. In this case you can give it more power and reliability.

Before taking your bike anywhere make sure the shop can deal with your specific make; some brands are obscure (there are more brands of motorcycle than automobile). Some dealers specialise in only one make, if you are looking to fix a rare Kawaski for instance it makes sense to go to someone who specializes in only that type of bike.

The aftermarket refers to the market for the repair or enhancement of a product. The improvements depend on whether you are dealing with a dirt bike or one more designed for the road. Frames may need to be modified, engines to be rebuilt. Does your bike require the latest top of the range wheels? It will certainly help it in its performance.

You may be looking at purchasing a hand-built motorbike from a specific factory rather than a more well-known make. The tricky area is that your hands will be tied if and when it breaks down, the person best qualified to fix it will be the original manufacturer.

If you are looking to do your own repair job on the motorbike it might help browsing picture sites such as Pinterest and Instagram to see what other people are doing, what works and what may be a mistake. This is particularly true of color choice. Most people like a black or strong color such as red, but if you see a cooler color you’d prefer out there, maybe you can give your bike a respray? You could also change the color of the seating or the frame, etc. You are hampered only by the size of the vehicle.

The motor trike is a recent invention, although considered as cool as a motorbike, many go up to a seventh gear and there are better luggage options than a regular bike. Other areas of improvement are better comfort and more seating – two seater and three seater varieties are available, also they have a more centralized light than a motorbike. Well-known brands, for example, Harley Davison have created versions of motor trikes and customization is possible.

Other items you can obtain from a motorbike shop include Davida bowl-shaped helmets, 60s and 70s helmets, motorbike gloves and transfers to individualize your particular runabout.

Whether you are on a motorbike or motortrike you will be more exposed than you would be in a car so be careful out there. But it’s all part of the attraction of being a biker.

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