1. Colored Headlight Bulb
A colored headlight bulb is a simple and cost effective way to force drivers to notice a bike. It installs in moments and gives the front end of your ride a unique look.
Keeping the hands in a happy place during long rides is critical to a safe and enjoyable experience. Don’t skimp and opt for dirtbike grips because they aren’t designed for the weight and vibration of a streetbike and will wear out quickly. Spend a little more now and be happier down the road with improved style and comfort.
3. Swingarm Spools
The two small threaded holes on either side of the swingarm aren’t for attaching training wheels, but rather rearstand swingarm spools. They make jacking the rear up on a race stand quick and easy, not to mention much safer than any sort of car jack balancing act you may have incorporated previously. Various colors and finishes are available so you can have them stand out as functional bling or blend in for that subtle performance feel.
4. Radiator Fan Control
When the weather rises above the 70-degree mark a bike starts getting temperamental, particularly when waiting at a traffic light. First a fan kicks on expressing the bike’s displeasure with the heat, followed shortly thereafter with bubbling coolant. Once the stock fan is running it’s already too late to cool down though, so the key is outright prevention. What if you could turn the fan on manually to keep the engine temp at a reasonable level? Actually—you can.
5. Tank Pad
One of the most common eyesores on any sportbike is a scratched tank. It’s so easy to prevent the blemishes it’s a wonder that more riders haven’t picked up on the part.
A tank pad isn’t much of a pad at all, but more of a simple barrier between your zippers, buttons and belts and the gas tank. The designs are as bountiful as Beyonce’s booty so you can find the right pattern to match your style while keeping your tank clean. Some companies will even make custom designs for you so your tank pad can be totally unique.
6. Fender Eliminator
If there’s a hacksaw in the garage with black plastic shavings stuck to it we have a good idea what you’ve been up to. Nobody likes the look of a stock license plate hanger, and hacksaws have been trimming them down for years. It rarely works out well though, and slicing plastic apart in an attempt to clean up the bike’s lines doesn’t really make sense.
That’s why there are aftermarket fender eliminators. Other folks have put in the time and effort to devise a clean and neat look for your bike’s rear, so spend the money and make it look right. All wiring, hardware and a light to keep it (mostly) legal are usually included with the kits, too.
7. Rear Sprocket (Gearing)
Installing a power adder like an exhaust or nitrous offers good results after some tedious tuning, but for the ultimate instant gratification there’s nothing like a new sprocket to make your bike feel faster than it actually is. By adding a couple teeth to the rear the bike will feel as if it had a horsepower injection because the power will come on lower in the rev range—where you do the bulk of your riding on the street. Color coordination is available for a little extra spice in an otherwise “all business zone.” Changing a rear sprocket is an easy enough task for most weekend warriors, too.
8. Rim Stripes
Will they make you faster? No. Sound louder? Sorry. Pull longer wheelies? Nope.
Wheel stripes make your bike look better and increase safety significantly during night rides. For the price they really don’t need much more justification than that.