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Things to Know Before You Plan for any Bike Modifications

Today’s modern motorcycles are quite powerful, and capable for the purpose they are built for. However, the enthusiast in us is sometimes not satisfied with the performance of the motorcycle. That’s when we look at aftermarket parts to customise the rides to their liking. A common way for riders to improve their riding experience is to modify their vehicles. However, it's crucial to remember that modifications to the bike may impact its handling, performance, and safety. We will go over some information you should be aware of before planning any modifications to your beloved machine.

Know what you are getting into

It's crucial to conduct research before making any changes. Look for reviews and comments from other riders who have modified their bikes similarly. You can also seek advice from seasoned mechanics and modding experts. You will learn a precious lot about the modifications you are about to make, and how it might affect the performance of your bike through this research. Also, check for RTO norms and rules in the regions where you would be riding the motorcycle. Ensure that the desired modification is not violating any of these norms, as flouting them may cost you a lot of money in fines and even worse, you might lose your motorcycle.

Be sure of why you want to modify your motorcycle

Before you begin making modifications, it's crucial to have a clear goal in mind, because different modifications will have different effects on the handling and performance of your bike. Don’t make modifications just because some things look or sound fancy or just because somebody else did the same modification. The modification should only enhance your riding experience and not ruin it.

Check for compatibility

Not every motorcycle can accommodate every modification. Verify that the make, model, and year of your bike and the modifications you intend to make are compatible. This will guarantee that the modifications are efficient and won't harm the engine or other parts of your bike.

Have a budget

If you are not careful, the cost of modifying a motorcycle can quickly go out of control. Before you begin making changes, make sure you have a budget in mind, and a final quote from the modifier. This will enable you to prioritise your most important improvements and prevent you from going over budget. Also, compare prices of different brands to get the best value. Keep in mind, the modification you add will probably not increase the resale value of your motorcycle if you intend to sell it later.

Do not compromise on safety

Always put safety first when making modifications to a motorbike. Changes to the brakes, suspension, or tyres, for example, should only be made by a qualified professional with the requisite training and experience. Additionally, when riding your modified bike, be sure to put on the necessary safety gear, such as a helmet, gloves, and protective clothing.

Respect the law

Verify that the alterations you propose to make are legitimate and in accordance with applicable local laws and regulations. Some alterations, like changing the exhaust system, is not permitted in some places. To avoid any fines or run-ins with the law, it's crucial to research the legal requirements before you begin making any modifications. You will have to pay heavy fines if caught with illegal modifications. Your local RTO might even remove the modifications, leading to loss of money. In some scenarios, there is also the risk of the motorcycle being impounded.

Avoid modifications if the bike is under warranty

The warranty on your motorcycle might be nullified if you modify it. Check your bike's warranty policy to see what modifications are permitted and what voids the warranty. Once the warranty is void, you will have to bear all the repair costs if there is any damage to the motorcycle. Consult your dealer or the manufacturer if you are unsure.

Test the modifications

Take your bike out for a test ride after making any modifications to see how the changes have impacted its handling and performance. Testing the mods thoroughly before going for a real world ride will help you identify any issues and make necessary adjustments. If the new part is not working well, uninstall it immediately.

Customising your motorcycle can be enjoyable and rewarding, but it is important to consider the potential effects on the handling, performance, and safety of your bike. Make sure they are compatible, set a budget, put safety first, look up the applicable laws and warranty terms, and thoroughly test-ride your bike before fully trusting the setup. You can make wise decisions and enjoy your modified bike in a safe and responsible manner by adhering to these rules.

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