Skip to main content

DIY Bike Mods

I'm going to propose that that there should be a new community education program offered by community colleges or recreation departments. It could be called something like "DIY Motorbike Customizing" or "Motorcycle Modification Class 101". Face it, most dudes have no design skills whatsoever and should not be allowed to customize their own motorcycles from their stock form. Maybe there should be some kind of extra license that you need to get from the DMV before you can actually purchase aftermarket parts for your bike. In order to get this license, you'd have to at least take a 1 hour class at your local library or something. How many times have you gazed at some bike parked there, or showed up at your local bike hang out, only to see some sorry looking motorcycle that would be perfectly fine and attractive, had it not been utterly abused by its owner who has no concept of taste or design. Seeing it resting there, is so sad. You want to rescue it from its abusive parent. These bikes looks like bastard children. They look like kids who had to get their hair cut by their dads last minute. They look like houses whose owners spend way, way too much time upgrading their house after a sunday shopping splurge at Home Depot. Completely mis-matched crap from the on sale rack.

I didn't see the bike myself, but a colleague told me about a guy who had the freakin' gall to mount one of those cheap ass power flow car exhausts you can buy at Kragen to his motorcycle. Then there's the "Sticker Fast" jokers. These are the dudes who believe Motorcycle Customization in its purist form consists of applying a few free stickers to a bike, placed strategically in special go-fast zones, sorta like race bikes seen at some race track or another.

With so much cheap-ass billet or chromed product available, it's really amazing that more freakish 2 wheeled monstrosities aren't parked in front of your favorite Bucks on any sunday. Some day, the small little section of the Indy Dealer Show reserved for "the Chinese" might just be the majority of the show. Some day, high end Italian aftermarket stuff, might just cost triple what it costs now. Some day, Japanese motorcycles might just be as exclusive as European bikes and Chinese bikes will be the new rice rockets. The Chinese bike owners will be saying "oh, you have a Honda? Wow, I heard you have to get that serviced like every 20000 miles and it costs a lot. Sure looks cool though."

In a lot of ways, bike modification for the masses has become a lot like knitting, or Bathroom decoration. "Will these spring caps match my forks?" "I need to make sure that the red on these preload adjusters is the same kind of red on my swingarm spools. If it's not the same kind of red, there's going to be a problem." Or, we could talk about matching up 'carbon weaves'.

This is from full grown men, who typically can't ride for skat.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The DYU King 750 Fat Tire Electric Bike Is a Lot Of Bike For the Money

You can't beat the planted feeling you get aboard a fat tire ebike. It feels like you could hop off the saddle and walk away and the bike would remain standing. Good shock dampening, great grip on the road, more tire to eat up ruts and curbs.  The DYU King 750 electric bike  is a fat tire ebike that stands out for its good looks and very reasonable price tag.  28 MPH top speeds means this bike can get up hills and maintain speed with ease and I can think of 5 ebikes on the market right now that have similar features and style and sell for nearly $4,000 and you'll pay shipping.  Perhaps best of all is DYU offers a 14 day test ride policy and if you don't like what you get you can send the bike back.   

Hardware: Supermoto Wheels Explained

Supermoto wheels are a big investment, when you factor that your 2-3 year old dirt bike may have a resale value in dirt form in the $4-5K range, if that. We get calls from guys all the time who say "well, I'm not really racing or nothing, so I'm just looking for the cheapest wheels you have to convert to Supermoto". Well, the real reply there is that there really isn't a cheap way to get into Supermoto unless you're going to go Sportsman about it and ride on knobbies or some type of dual-sport tire. Quality 17-inch supermoto wheels that will last are going to set you back between $800 and $2000 depending on how deep you're going to go at this and whether you want quality and performance or just a good price. Motostrano is a full scale supermoto specialist and we've been involved in Supermoto since it's re-birth in the United States in 2002. We offer complete supermoto wheels made from the finest materials and built by experience wheel builders

Riding the Moustache Samedi 27 2X Tandem Electric Bike

I love riding with my partner and riding by tandem is one of my favorite ways to get around on a Sunday. Touring by tandem is literally twice as fun as riding solo,when you are on a bike with the one you love and the one that loves you. But tandem bikes are rare and excellent electric tandem bikes are even rarer, so I wanted to give you a fresh impression of our ride yesterday on the 2018 MOUSTACHE Samedi 27 X2 tandem . Moustache is a French company, making some of the most innovative ebikes in the world. Their tandem is no exception. This bike comes in two build types, either a smooth tire touring type or a knobby tire off-road type, but the frames, motors and other specs are pretty much the same.  I've ridden tandems for the past few years on road and off road. Yesterday we did a Meet-Up ride with other fellow ebikers in the Sonoma area. Naturally we were the only tandem riders, with others riding solo on their Haibikes, KTM, Giant, Felt and Blix bikes. Out and