So, you’ve had your motorcycle for some time now, and it’s starting to feel…well boring.
Sure you still love zooming around town on your bike though you can’t help but feel like your bike is missing that extra “Oomph” you desire.
Whether it’s something as simple as lowering, a few stylistic mods, or a full out performance overhaul, the temptation to mod your bike can hit hard and fast when you get the itch. However, before you go slapping on mod after mod I urge you to read this article and consider some of the points discussed.
First and foremost, proper modification is not cheap! Sure you can find cheap mods for your bike but the saying, “You get what you pay for”, really is true when it comes to bikes.
There is a reason OEM parts are incredibly more expensive than cheap aftermarket parts you can pick up on eBay. OEM parts have industry standards that they are required to meet and often exceed in order to be sold to the public. This testing is very expensive and building components to meet these quality standards isn’t cheap either. Many aftermarket parts completely skip these requirements in order to save money. Is it any wonder then that your bike rides worse after replacing OEM quality parts with sub-par replacements that skimp on quality as well as safety? Of course not!
You see, when your bike leaves the factory every component is fine tuned to work in sync with the entire bike making one machine that moves as one. Everything from the intake to the exhaust was specifically designed, built, and tuned for the other components. So, what happens when you introduce components that were not specifically designed for your bike configuration? You ruin that sync; therefore, things do not work as they were intended.
Take for example the most basic upgrade for performance: intake and exhaust. Your bike is designed to have a certain resistance from the airflow setup when it comes from the factory; therefore, a specific amount of air flowing through the engine.
When you install these components all of a sudden the bike is getting more airflow than it expected. This results in a leaner air fuel ratio, which in turn leads to slower acceleration, less efficient combustion and even damage to your valves and carburetor.
Not exactly what you had in mind when you installed those parts huh?
Don’t worry, there is a solution.
Here are three simple steps you should follow when modifying your motorcycle:
First and foremost, only select quality components from reputable companies.
Next, always make sure that you do proper jetting and tuning to help the bike compensate for the new parts.
And finally, make sure all of this is done by a well-known reputable performance bike shop.
If you do your research and perform the steps above you’ll be sure to get the most out of your bike with little to no risk.
About the Author:
Mike Long is the owner of MotorcycleInsuranceHelper.com an online site dedicated to helping riders find cheap motorcycle insurance rates. When he’s not out riding his APRILIA RSV1000 you can find him posting his latest posts on his own motorcycle blog.