Motorcycle Accessories For The Smart Rider

By: James Gunaseelan

A motorcycle is incomplete without accessories. You need to pep up your motorbike with smart exhausts, chrome rims, air cleaners, sleek saddlebags, transparent windshields and shiny fenders if you want your bike to be noticed. These motorcycle accessories go on the bike. But what about you?

You too need to buy a full set of motorcycle gear for yourself. These accessories should include DOT certified helmets, protective leather jackets, motorcycle boots, motorcycle gloves and UV protected sunglasses.

You have the option to buy the accessories prescribed by the manufacturer. Or you can have them custom-designed. The latter will cost more, but will give your bike a completely personalized look.

Most riders love to change the exhausts first. It is not because the exhausts are sub-standard. On the contrary, the exhausts give bikes a style of their own. That's why most riders prefer to install exhausts like M4, DD, and Cobra. These exhausts come in a variety of styles and finishes, and can be bought both offline and online.

It is important that when selecting an exhaust you should look at both performance and style. A good idea is to take the advice of experienced riders or bike mechanics. There's no point in installing an exhaust that may look good but may not last long.

Chrome-plating, of course, is another ball game. You can select the parts that need to be chromed, and get the work done at standard chrome plating shops. Make sure that the plating is smooth, and there are no bubbles on the surface.

You can also consider installing windshields. These are especially useful in windy conditions. The only thing that you must make sure is that they should be made of clear plastic and should not obstruct vision.

You also need to spend some time on helmets. More than looks, you should see that the helmets fit your head closely. They should also stay on the head, and not roll off on impact. Also, if you want to go for a full face helmet you must ensure that you have a clear view. It should not be blocked by the helmet's shield. A good way is to keep the helmet on for about 20 minutes or so. This will give you an idea of comfort levels.

Sunglasses are equally important accessories. They not only keep out glare but also protect your eyes from dust and flying insects, not to mention harmful UV rays. Also, you should not forget gloves and boots. Both are critical. Without good quality leather gloves, your fingers will go numb in the winters. Similarly, the boots not only protect you from serious injuries but also keep your ankle and feet protected from rain. Finally, you should go for leather jackets that have some armor protection on elbows and shoulders.

You are ready to ride out - in style and safely -- once you have all this.

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