The truth that most bikers understand all too well is that you will have to spend more on motorcycle accessories than purchasing the actual bike. The original parts of your bike will likely survive through a couple of scratches, but when the inevitable comes, you would have to start purchasing new parts and motorcycle accessories.
Timing is important
Aftermarket components are usually inaccessible for brand new models because suppliers need to get the motorcycle, tool up, and afterwards, begin cranking out the pieces. Once a bike is around one year to a few years old, the number of parts for that machine would typically be at its peak. Unless the bike remained unchanged for a while, the supply of motorcycle accessories through aftermarket manufacturers or OEMs decreases as the inventory is sold away.
Assess if you have to replace or upgrade
Most components are built to replicate the manufacturing function so that they behave like the OEM components that they are meant to substitute, so it’s reasonable to expect them to act like OEM parts. Nevertheless, many of the pieces in the motorbike aftermarket can adjust the efficiency of your motorcycle. So, before ordering a new part, decide if you want the same performance as the component you would like to remove or completely upgrade it.
Get compatible aftermarket parts
Due to the full range of aftermarket parts that exist, it is almost impossible to check a replacement component with all the variations of accessories that a driver can choose to mount. Suppliers of parts typically build their products to be used with OEM machinery, so you have to make sure that the aftermarket parts that you are purchasing are compatible with your motorcycle. For instance, the aftermarket high-mount exhausts on motocross bikes are incompatible with the aftermarket saddlebags but will work correctly on a motorcycle supplied by the distributor.
Check if it is universal
Universal is a label that is widely used, and some parts tagged as “universal” usually fit everything. However, some components are labelled this way, yet they would only fit on certain bikes. An example of this is regional rear sets because most of them do not suit anything, so it is up to the rider to work out how to install them, build shift linkages, and decide if they are ergonomically suitable.
Returns can be tricky and even impossible
If you’ve purchased an electrical or electronic product that you were initially having second thoughts about, you are probably in trouble as you cannot return these pieces. A general rule to keep in mind is that if you are installing, adjusting, or even unpacking a product, particularly electronics, it cannot be resold; hence, the seller does not usually allow a refund. Try looking for a distributor that offers a reasonable warranty on their products just in case you buy an ill-fitting part.
With the consistent launch of new and innovative bike parts, the current generation of drivers and independent start-up firms are putting massive expectations on the industry. Regardless, the safety factor is worth looking into, since in this business, it is an essential part of the industry growth. Once the vehicle and its riders become comfortable with their safety, they can encourage more people to be part of this community.
Author: Jessica Ellen