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Easy Motorcycle Mods for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Guide

Updated: Oct 4, 2023



Congratulations on getting your first set of wheels! It's only natural to want to give your bike a personal touch, whether it's for aesthetics or comfort. Modifying your motorcycle might seem daunting, especially for beginners, but fear not - today, I'll guide you through some simple and beginner-friendly modifications.


Before we dive in, please remember this: If you're not confident about performing these mods yourself, don't push it. There are plenty of online resources to help you, or you can seek assistance from an experienced friend or a professional garage. Trust me, it's better to do it right the first time and save yourself a lot of hassle down the road.


Handlebar Grips


Let's kick things off with one of the quickest and easiest mods: changing your handlebar grips. Swapping out your grips is a cost-effective way to enhance both the appearance and comfort of your bike. With a bit of know-how, you can complete this task in just a few minutes. I personally recommend the versatile Biltwell Rubber Grips, available in various sizes, colors, and finishes, and priced at around £17 per pair.


Before you start, I highly recommend watching this informative video from Revzilla. Also, do some online research to find specific instructions for changing grips on your bike model, as some may require more effort than others. If you own a 125, it should be relatively straightforward.


Mirrors


It seems like stock bikes come with dorky mirrors as a default setting, but fear not, changing your motorcycle mirrors is one of the easiest modifications you can make. Most bikes allow you to simply unscrew the existing mirrors and replace them with ones that suit your style. Alternatively, you can opt for bar end mirrors, which are just as easy to install. Remove the metal bar ends from your handlebars, insert the bar end mirrors, and secure them in place.


Before you start, check out this mirror installation video from XLMoto. If you choose bar end mirrors, ensure that your throttle functions properly before and after installation. If there are any issues, like a slow-release or a stuck throttle, try loosening the mirrors slightly. If problems persist, seek professional help and avoid riding with any throttle issues.


Seats


Stock motorcycle seats are often lacking in comfort, especially on long rides. Thankfully, swapping out your seat is incredibly easy. Just remove the old seat and snap the new one into place. Depending on your motorcycle, there might be a screw or two involved, but it's a quick process. The hardest part is deciding which seat to choose. Ensure that the seat you purchase is designed to fit your exact make and model for a perfect match.


Exhausts


Now, onto the exciting category of exhausts! A new exhaust not only transforms your bike's appearance but also gives it a fresh sound and potentially a bit more power. We'll focus on slip-on exhausts, which are easy to install. Simply unscrew a few bolts to remove the existing end can, then attach the new one. Just make sure the exhaust you choose is compatible with your motorcycle model. Most retailers provide search options for this, or you can check the specs online.


Consider checking YouTube for videos of your potential new exhaust to gauge how it will sound and look on your bike. Whether you prioritize sound, performance, or aesthetics, do your research to find the right fit for you.


Pro tip: Don't discard your stock exhaust end can unless absolutely necessary. Many buyers prefer motorcycles with all original parts when purchasing used bikes, so try to retain your stock parts.


Luggage


Luggage can be a game-changer for your motorcycle, making it more practical for daily use and opening up opportunities for road trips and adventures. Installing a sissy bar with a luggage rack, for example, can greatly improve your riding experience by eliminating the discomfort of carrying a heavy backpack.


There are countless luggage options available, so do some research to find the best fit for your needs and bike type. One product that every rider should consider are ROK Straps. Designed with motorcycles in mind, these straps won't damage your paintwork and can secure various items to your bike. I highly recommend the 60”/25mm size for strapping items to your bike.


That wraps up my beginner's guide to personalizing your motorcycle! Best of luck with your modifications, and please share your photos with me on Instagram using #ridelikeagirl.co.


Until next time, ride safe and enjoy the journey!


Jennie x

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