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The Dos and Don’t of Customizing Your Motorcycle

Customizing your motorcycle is obviously what makes your bike your own, however, it’s easy to get intimidated by all of your options.  Between the custom bodywork, saddle bags, tires, electronics, etc...it’s hard to know where to start, what to do, and what not to do.

Dos and Don’ts: Bolt-On

  • Consider mixing different metal finishes.
  • Wax bolt-ons on the regular.
  • Don’t clean chrome with anything abrasive.
  • Be aware that chrome scratches easily.

Dos and Don’ts: Leather

  • Make sure leather accessories are compatible with each other in style.
  • Ensure throw-over saddlebags are secure.
  • Treat your leather.

Dos and Don’ts: Wheels and Tires

  • Mount your wheel hardware prior to installing tires.
  • Bleed brakes and pads carefully.
  • Pay attention to your tires recommended rim width.
  • Avoid chroming the swept area of brake discs.

Dos and Don’ts: Fenders

  • Before you paint, make sure you properly fit the bodywork.
  • Allow for rear suspension travel.
  • Sand appropriately.
  • Secure the wire harness.

Dos and Don’ts: Paint

  • Use a shop that specialized in motorcycles.
  • Like tattoo artists, find a painter who suits your style.
  • Inquire about paint warranties.
  • Use an experienced painter, not one based on price alone.

Regardless of how you choose to modify and customize your motorcycle, so as much research as possible.  Use a credible business, like us, to give your bike the care and the expertise it deserves.  What’s the most recent modification you’ve done to your motorcycle?

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