Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘Chrome don’t get you home.’ This phrase has brought some riders to fists, and some just ignore it and go on. If you’re not familiar with the phrase, here is the origin. Motorcycles, as well as the individuals upon them, are as unique as finger prints. Each rider has their own style, and this is genuinely expressed in their choice in clothes, as well as how their bikes are ‘dressed.’ Every piece of the motorcycle is virtually customizable. Meaning, that only from the factory to the showroom floor are they possibly identical. From the moment a motorcycle is purchased, it undergoes a dramatic transformation. Some are still recognizable to the family they came from, so are so radically changed, it takes a trained professional to identify them for what they truly started out being.
Some of the less radical changes begin with your parts associate and you, the main rider. This all depends on what you want and or need. A parts professional will ask several questions of the rider, and get a general picture of your riding capabilities, intentions, passions, etc. Great questions to ask yourself during this process would be
- Are you planning on riding two-up?
- Do you want your riding partner comfortable and safe?
- Are long trips in your future?
- Do you want a certain sound?
- Do you want performance?
- Are you looking for lots of chrome?
- Are you planning on riding with others?
- Do you plan on overnight trips?
- How comfortable do you want to be?
- How functional/show quality do you want your bike to be?
These are just some of the questions that you’ll be faced with planning your future on your motorcycle. Another very important question to ask yourself: Are you ready for a passenger? Do not take this issue lightly. A novice rider/passenger can, without knowing it, cause a serious accident. DO NOT take a passenger out without being comfortable with your motorcycle, your ability and the proper know how on passenger safety. There are proper ways for passengers to dress and situate themselves on the motorcycle to ensure their safety, and yours.
Dressing up your motorcycle the only limit is your imagination. Local dealer will have ‘Wish Books,’ for you to take home, mark the pages, salivate a little, and make a list of what accessories you’d like to install, or have the dealer install. Look into your dealer’s installation program. Some big name brands offer warranty on your accessories if you have them installed by their service departments. Some warranties are offered through the warranty of the motorcycle. So even though you may be mechanically inclined, you might just save with having the service department install those accessories. The plus side of this coin is this, if you don’t want the parts they remove, you can leave them there, and let them clutter someone else’s garage, not yours.
Remember one last thing; if you like your things to be flashy, if you like lots of chrome, don’t let the saying above get to you. Perhaps ‘Chrome can’t get you home,’ but you’re unique, and just as your fingerprints are, so is your motorcycle. So remember, opinions vary, but always remember to keep it rubber side down.