If you’re a keen motorcyclist, as soon as you buy your first bike, you’ll discover that there is an endless array of products and accessories vying for your attention. It’s so easy to just buy as many of them as you are able in order to feel like a ‘true motorcyclist, ’ but the fact is that many of those shiny new accessories are pretty pointless and you’ll be wasting your money if you buy them.
On the other hand, there are a lot of really worthwhile accessories that are must-haves for bikes everywhere. Here are just a few of them:
If you are going to be a motorcyclist, then you really do need to invest in high-quality gear. As a minimum, you will need to pick up a safe riding helmet, boots, gloves and a jacket and pants that will offer you a high level of protection. If you fail to buy these basics, it won’t be long before you’re sitting in a hospital bed. Although the right gear won’t necessarily stop you from getting into accidents, due to the number of bad drivers on the road – ask any motorcycle crash lawyer about that – if you’re fully kitted out, you’ll probably escape with much less severe injuries than you otherwise might, should you be caught up in an accident.
A Motorcycle Tool-Kit
Now that you’re a biker, you will also want to invest in a high-quality motorcycle tool kit. Any seasoned biker will tell you that much of their weekend is taken up with taking care of their bike, tinkering with the engine, making modifications and ensuring that it runs safely. This is a habit that will eventually consume you too, but it’s a great hobby to have when you’re not riding and having the right tools will mean that you won’t have to rely so heavily on mechanics when minor problems with your machine arise.
If you plan to use your motorcycle as your main vehicle, then having a good set of saddlebags is essential. It will give you a safe place to store your shopping so that you can transport it from place to place without the risk or losing or breaking it.
Switching out your motorcycle’s lights for LED versions is a great way to keep them running for longer and save money. LEDs will take much longer to burn out, so you won’t have to worry too much about your lights blowing unexpectedly.
If you don’t have your own garage and you’re unable to gain access to someone else’s, it might be a good idea to purchase motorcycle covers, which will help to protect your bike from the elements. You’ll probably want to invest in a motorcycle security system, so that would-be thieves have a harder time getting their hands on your bike when it’s out in the open, too.
If you’re going to be rising your motorcycle at night when the visibility drops dramatically, having reflective panels, tape and bolts on your bike, and wearing motorcycle gear that itself features reflective panels, will help to ensure that other road users can see you, and this will help to keep you safe on those exhilarating evening rides.
A GPS Unit
One of the best things about owning your own motorcycle is that it give you the freedom to explore your surroundings in a more exhilarating way than you can do on foot or by car. That’s why you should invest in a good motorcycle GPS unit. You never know where your next ride will take you, and you could end up going much further out of your local area than you expect, but if you’ve got that GPS set up, you won’t get lost, and you’ll be able to find interesting places to visit along the way.
Did you know that you can actually buy heated motorcycle clothing that runs off the energy generated by your engine? If you live in an area that gets cold, even if it’s just for a few months of the year, investing in some of this clothing will make your rides much more comfortable, and that means that you’ll be able to get out and ride more often.
If you’re new to motorcycling, then you’ll probably want to buy a book or two on the subject. You can find all manner of motorcycle-based books, that will teach you everything
from taking care of the of your bikes mechanics to finding the best places to ride your bike wherever you may be in the world.
What are your most important motorcycle accessories?