When it comes to accessorizing, riders and owners of
particularly those that are new in this field, often spend their
money in increasing engine performance. Oftentimes, they put
their entire budget on performance motorcycle parts accessories
like exhausts, fuel injection, mapping systems, and other
components to help boost the motorcycle's engine.
But once they experience track riding, the illusion of power as
the most important component to gain speed fades fast. In fact,
too much of it without taking into consideration the other
factors may just make your motorcycle more than you can handle.
Many have experienced that it could actually make one slower than
the others with less powerful bikes.
So what performance motorcycle parts accessories should you
invest in? Here are some suggestions of expert riders of
• Suspension Lance Keigwin of Star Motorcycle School and Hare
Racing, suggests that riders should take full note of the
suspension. This is one component that can increase speed in
motorcycles, according to Keigwin. Unfortunately, most riders
often overlook this factor. He further explained that some of the
stock bikes today may perform under regular conditions; however,
when pushed beyond the average riding situations, their
performance becomes questionable. "I do not suggest, however,
that you spend a fortune in full suspension components; instead,
I suggest you work with your stock suspension and use components
that may improve the stock equipment like the gold valve
emulators," Keigwin added.
• Tires According to Keigwin, tires are another important
component when it comes to handling motorcycles. "Simple
knowledge of how the different types of tires help
maneuverability may also help you be a faster and smoother
rider," he suggests.
Keigwin further suggests reducing weight from unsprung parts such
as wheels, rotors, sprockets and engine parts. He said that this
technique helps in handling the motorcycle better. His opinion is
that some of the weight of the components may create the effect
that makes the motorcycle go straight. However, by installing
lighter components, according to Keigwin, helps in improving
considerably the handling of the motorcycle. For him, "Power is
almost at the end of my list of priorities; right before
• Handling factor
The handling factor also comes as a priority above power and
cosmetics. This is according to Alex Florea of AFMotorsports.
Florea said that to an average rider, several things may not be
so visible. This includes installing taller tires without
adjusting the geometry. This may cause riders to loose stability
and may need to adjust the triple clamps on the forks to make up
for the difference. With regards to slicks, he suggests that DOT
tires are better investments.
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