Getting a New Motorcycle: Mandatory Mods?

I’m looking at getting a new motorcycle and I have a friend who is also looking at getting one soon too. The process of buying a bike is hard enough but once you have one there are things you should think about adding. Some are just for looks, others are just to make the bike more functional.

What things should you look at for the bike?

  • Frame sliders
  • Handle Bar Risers
  • More Comfortable Seat
  • Luggage/Top Case

These are all things that can change a bike from being good to amazing.

In the case of the frame sliders, make a bad moment in the driveway or a slow speed incident something you can pick up the bike and ride away from.

The middle two are obviously dependent on how crouched you sit on the bike and what the stock seat is like. Sometimes you just get used whatever your stock bike has, other times you’re crying after 100 miles in the stock seat. (Sadly I know this from personal experience.)

The last one is what takes a bike from being a toy to a legitimate replacement for a car in most situations. Adding the ability to get those groceries home is simply amazing, a top case also makes those camping trips easier as well.

This guys parks next to me all the time, I’m super jealous of his top case.



About MotoCynic

I started riding motorcycles in 2006, and there is no going back. I've ridden more than 100,000 miles, most of it on a Ducati Monster, and despite setbacks and murderous BMW's I'm loving every mile.
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3 Responses to Getting a New Motorcycle: Mandatory Mods?

  1. I agree with you. Sometimes one has to modify the bike to suit the rider. I my opinion though, a top case ruins the look of a sports bike. I found that a decent sized, waterproof backpack does the same job quite well. But what ever one prefers, the important thing is to enjoy the ride.

  2. John says:

    Please skip the top case, it looks like a little flying saucer following around! Heat the grips, get great tires, and mount a decent GPS. No skulls or flames, you aren’t a pirate. Run the wheels off it, then buy another.

  3. Pingback: Top Cases: Underrated Awesome | Motorcycles and the Cynic

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