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What is it about motorcycles that makes riders immediately want to modify their bikes? Sometimes, they don’t even make it out of the dealership before some of the OE parts have been replaced with “performance enhancing” upgrades. Back in the days when tires seemed to made out of stone, swapping out the stock rubber for something stickier truly was a way to earn street cred (assuming you scrubbed off the chicken strips) and improve the bike’s performance. Of course, this was during the Pleistocene epoch, when aluminum was considered an exotic material, and swapping out steel parts was another easy path to a sportier motorcycle.

Today, modern sporting machinery comes with titanium engine internals and gumball tires. What’s a rider who wants to trick out a bike to do?

  • Flubbly

    Where on the list are mohawk helmet wigs and pillions with jeggings?

    • Starmag

      “jeggings”. LOL. I had to look that up. 1 Minute of my life gone forever.

      • spiff

        It only took me about 20 seconds, and I feel it was time well spent.

        • Starmag

          I just meant that as a fad-of-the-moment comment, but after reading yours I went back and looked more closely. You couldn’t be more right, that was time well spent.

  • Starmag

    The irony of aftermarket mods is that the resale value of motorcycles have proven over a long time that bone stock bikes almost always sell for more. Despite the thousands you throw at it, you usually make it worth less. This becomes even more true the older the bike gets.

    • Jon Jones

      Right on the money.

    • spiff

      I would argue a well accessories period correct bike is still valued. I also agree with you overall. Thats why you should save all your stock parts. At the time of sale swap everything out and sell the aftermarket stuff on the side.

    • Craig Hoffman

      It is work, but it makes sense to put a bike back to stock when you sell it, and sell the cool Penske shocks, Akra exhausts, Power Commanders etc separately and to hang the boat anchor stock exhaust back on it. Much more money is recovered that way.

      It is heartbreaking to take a well set up and tuned bike and put it back intostock form, but you are right. Nobody is willing to pay for a well set up and tuned bike with aftermarket mods on it.

  • john phyyt

    Another great read thank-you Evans; I would only query your suggestion that number plates only make your bike faster.
    I would suggest , that they also make it handle better and shorten stopping distances . They also make you and your cycle irresistable to potential lovers.

  • Mahatma

    Done #5,4,3,2. Did #7,but got caught red handed,so must revisit DoV here in norway with my original exhaust mounted.#1 is irrelevant on my nt650gt.

    Nice article.