Motorcycle enthusiasts love riding the roads for hours, the wind in their faces and the miles both ahead and behind. Sitting in the saddle of your motorcycle can be your favorite place in the world. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a hardened commuter, chances are you want more out of your bike than simply stellar performance on the road. You want it to stand out.
Some motorcycles are totally tricked out: low-riders with handlebars so high they look impossible to steer (also called “ape hangers”); sport bikes with super-low windscreens to create a streamlined moving bullet; and huge trikes with extra-fat tires. Each of these unique rides are often one of a kind and fit their riders to a tee.
What can you do to trick out your ride? The answer is: pretty much anything you like. Motorcycle manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers sell a wide variety of parts, from cube light cages and extra-long footplates to gold trims and carefully crafted sprockets. But before ordering anything, look at other bikes or go online to get some ideas.
Motorcycle USA organizes an annual Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show where you can see some of the world’s best bike builders’ babies. It’s a great place to gain insight on what’s possible and what you’d like. In addition, Build Your Bike offers a fun, though limited, free online tool to customize your virtual bike and see what all these customizations might look like on one bike.
Once you have an idea of what you want, here are some pointers to get you started.
A word of advice: When you customize your bike, you change its value due to added parts. Make sure to save all receipts for insurance purposes and consider aftermarket coverage that can be tailored to your needs.
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