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Six Great Motorcycle Mods to Upgrade Your Ride

Posted by Adam H. on Aug 31st 2020

Six Great Motorcycle Mods to Upgrade Your Ride

There's nothing more exciting than taking home a brand new motorcycle. It’s still got that fresh feel, that fresh rubber smell, and that shiny, freshly polished chrome that reflects the sun for miles. It’s something that some people only get to experience once in their lives, and it’s an experience to savor. However, it’s also something that you might want to enhance with some upgrades.

The only thing better than a new bike is a custom bike, after all, and with so many great aftermarket upgrades out there to choose from, it’s not hard to get in there and find something that speaks to you. Of course, some of the mods are better than others in terms of value or what you’re getting for the money, while others might be more appealing to you based on their features or benefits. It's all about getting what you want, but the mods on this list should be on your mind.

Exhaust Upgrades

The exhaust is always at the top of the list for motosports mods, and for good reason. It's not going to be the cheapest choice, but it’s definitely going to be exciting. Exhaust upgrades look cool, and they can be customized in so many ways for today’s motorcycles. There's truly something out there for just about everyone. Plus, these performance exhausts can add power and let people know that you mean business by providing a little more noise to go with it.

The good news about upgrading the exhaust is that today’s kits are usually pretty easy to upgrade on motorcycles. Even amateur bikers can handle an exhaust changeout if they’re handy, so it’s something that a lot of people do to get their feet wet when they buy a new bike. Plus, no one will argue with how cool they look and sound when you’re looking to make a big impression with a simple change.


There is so much innovation out there in the world of tires and it’s highly unlikely that your bike came standard with the best ones on the market. OEM bikes are all about the performance, the suspension, and the look of the bike—they're not focusing on the quality of the tires. They also know that tires are a personal element based on riding style and terrain, so many manufacturers will stick to basic stock tires and let people upgrade their own.

Tires are a big part of the experience when you’re riding a motorcycle, though, so they have to be the perfect ones for the ride. Fortunately, the Internet makes it easy to research all of the different tire options out there so that you can figure out what will be ideal for your bike, depending on where you ride, how you ride, and what kind of bike you have. Plus, once you get your new wheels or tires, you’ll be able to sell the old ones to recoup some of the expense.

Custom Suspension

If you want to customize your ride, get a professional suspension setup that will get your bike’s suspension dialed in perfectly for your best ride every single time. There's nothing more custom than a ride that is exactly designed to give you the comfort that you need. While most OEM bikes put a lot of effort into the suspension, as mentioned above, that doesn’t mean that it’s always perfect or that there isn’t room for improvement. A professional suspension tuning will allow you to customize the experience on your new bike.

Before doing this, make sure that you read up on the process and know what to expect. Look at the difference between having this done or just upgrading to an aftermarket suspension for added benefits. There is no right or wrong answer here— it’s about figuring out what is going to work best for your needs.

LED Light Kits

While this won’t do anything for your performance, it will give your motorcycle a whole new look and allow you to show off your style. Whether you choose a single color of underlighting or go for a completely custom light design, there is a lot to choose from. Light kits are a hot item for many riders, and they come in all kinds of styles and designs. You can find pre-fab kits that you can install yourself, along with custom lighting kits and even light designers that will create the perfect lighting for your bike for you if you want to go big.

Frame Sliders and Engine Guards

Technically, these are mods 5 and6, but they go together so it’s easier to discuss them at the same time. These simple, stylish add-ons are all about protecting your bike in the event of a tip or crash. What's more exciting than knowing that your new toy will be safe no matter what happens? Frame sliders are a unique little plastic component that is designed to stick out far enough to keep important parts of the bike from hitting the ground. Engine guards place a steel bar over the engine so that it hits the ground first, rather than the engine.

These two upgrades are pretty simple and not nearly as fun, but they’ll be a relief when you realize you’ve got scuffed guards and not a scuffed engine or worse, an engine that needs to be replaced after a spill. It's a simple thing, but it’s basically like insurance that protects some of the most vulnerable areas of your motorcycle.

Customize Your Ride Today

That new bike feeling is great, but if you’re looking for a little more, now is the time to start finding ways to upgrade your motorcycle. The mods listed here are definitely worth a look and will give you plenty of different ways to create your own unique style. Even if you buy one of the most common stock motorcycles available, mods can make it your own in more ways than you can imagine. Take advantage of this and take your motorcycle to the next level with these and other mods that will add the personal touch you want.

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