Owning a motorcycle can be expensive. But you know what’s more expensive than buying a motorcycle? Customizing that motorcycle you just bought. Tricked out motorcycles often end up costing more than the initial purchase price.
If you’ve always dreamed of making your motorcycle truly your own, you may have looked (and cried) at the cost of customizing your two-wheel vehicle. Worry not, as there are still some things you can do to customize your motorcycle without bleeding your bank account dry.
Go for Vinyl Wraps
Getting a custom paint job on your bike can often come with a hefty price. You can of course opt to paint your bike yourself, but if you want to get that high quality finish you will have to shell out some cash.
Vinyl wraps are a more cost effective way to customize the color of your motorcycle. Custom paint jobs cost a lot because of the labor and resources required to do them well.
With vinyl wraps, you can get an array of colors and even wacky patterns and have them installed on your bike without having to sell your kidneys on the black market.
Light it Up
Another easy way to trick out your bike without breaking the bank is to install LED lights in different spots on the bike.
Many motorcycle enthusiasts have high quality LED lights, like the ones offered by XK Glow, installed on their wheels because it gives off the feeling that they’re riding a lightcycle (a.k.a. those bikes from the movie “Tron”).
Apart from the wheels, you can also customize the headlights and taillights of your vehicle. If you’re fond of riding at night, you may want to switch out your stock lights for Xenon lights as they are much brighter, giving you more visibility at night and reducing the risk of accidents.
Personalize Your Plates
In terms of making a bike truly reflect who you are as a person, it goes without saying that you should give it a personalized or custom number plate.
It’s a great way to showcase your interests, personality, and your affiliations short of attaching a flag to your bike that highlights your stance on Brexit.
Many online stores that sell motorcycle parts also offer (or are affiliated with someone who does) custom number plate services. Make sure you find one that has a wide selection of backgrounds, fonts, borders and materials to choose from.
Also, be sure to check what your city’s rules are regarding custom plates. Certain cities have restrictions regarding custom plates, mainly for legibility reasons.
Swap Grips and Levers
If you want to customize your bike but don’t want to make it look too obvious, you can always go for switching out some parts for aftermarket versions.
Add a subtle stamp of personality to your vehicle by swapping out parts like the grips and brake or clutch levers for ones that are more your style.
There are many online and offline retailers of aftermarket grips and brake handles that are affordable yet high quality.
Making a motorcycle look and feel like an extension of you does not have to be very expensive.
It’s all about knowing what parts of your bike your budget will allow you to spend on, as well as knowing what methods are the most cost-effective.