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Motorcycles are not for the faint of heart. If there’s one thing that they don’t tell you when you buy a motorcycle, it’s that it’s more a matter of when you’re going to fall rather than if you’re going to fall when riding one. As motorcycle owners, we need to account for the fact that they are not as safe as their four-wheeled counterparts on the road. With this in mind, the most logical approach to motorcycle modification is to bolster its weak points.
One of the weakest elements of a motorcycle lies in its safety and durability, especially when you consider that you will eventually fall. You’re going to want to ensure that both you and your motorcycle survive the fall. In order to achieve this, let’s take a look at some of the most important modifications you need to invest in to make your motorcycle much safer.
Frame sliders are the motorcycle equivalent of the bull bars found on a truck. They help keep the frame of the motorcycle away from the ground, preventing your body (as well as your motorcycle’s frame) from sustaining damage. Frame sliders are essential, especially because they are inexpensive and widely available. This is a simple matter of choosing between an inexpensive preventive measure and an expensive frame repair.
Upgraded tires help riders maintain control of their motorcycle through sharp curves and corners. Thicker tires also help improve the traction of your motorcycle, which can mean the difference between life and death in adverse weather. Apart from this, thicker tires last longer than stock tires. And much like frame sliders, thicker tires are easily acquired. Simply sell your stock tires and change them with thicker tires with the proceeds.
One of the biggest safety issues with motorcycles is that they are difficult to see on the road, especially at night. Light-emitting diode (LED) lights help other drivers see you while providing good visibility at night. LED lights are readily available from companies like XK Glow. The aesthetic benefit of having LED lights installed on your motorcycle speaks for itself. Just be sure to keep it within reasonable boundaries.
Improved windshields are criminally underappreciated when it comes to motorcycle safety. They don’t just keep wind from blowing into your face as you speed down the highway; High-quality windshields are angled in a manner to direct airflow around the bike, making it more aerodynamic. This is especially important when travelling long distances with your motorcycle. Angled windshields are also a great way to improve the overall aesthetic and appeal of your motorcycle.
These are the essential safety modifications that you can start off with when modifying your motorcycle. While there are several other modifications that can improve motorcycle safety, these are the most accessible modifications that yield the best effect. Remember, even with all these safety mods installed on your motorcycle, nothing will keep you safer than your riding skill, good judgment, good safety habits, and awareness.