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Motorcycle Modifications to Make the Ride More Comfortable

Mar 24, 2019 6:00:00 PM / by RumbleOn Road Captain

Cheap motorcycle mods can boost the comfort of your rides instantly.

Just like sitting in a chair for long periods of time, riding your bike can get uncomfortable after a while. If you’re on a road trip, the discomfort is exponentially increased. At some point, you’ll begin to squirm like a toddler stuck in its high chair for too long. It’s natural; your rear end can take only so much stress in a stationary position. Luckily, there are DIY motorcycle modifications to increase the comfort level for those short and long trips.

The best kind of modifications are those that are affordable; I’m talking like under $100. You like saving money, right? Who doesn’t? So, without further adieu, let’s get into the affordable modifications that would be perfect for your bike.

 


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The best mods are the easy DIY motorcycle mods.

Just like with DIY projects for your car, it’s best to do the same for your motorcycle. Obviously, it will save you money in the long run, but it also will help educate you on problems you can start diagnosing them yourself. There are some super easy quick motorcycle modifications out there that will help increase the comfort level of your bike immediately. And, most of them won’t take long. If you’re okay with using a bit of elbow grease, the following motorcycle add-ons are perfect.

Grips ($20-$70). Your hands are one of the most important parts in keeping a motorcycle operational, considering they are what’s steering the whole thing. It’s important to keep your digits comfortable, especially on long rides. Every part of your body needs to be comfortable during a ride and your hands are no different. Keep those hands in good shape with new grips.

Video Source: LowandMEANcom YouTube
 

Windscreen ($70-$80). Whether you’re on a long or short ride, the wind is going to be a factor. That’s why you bought a bike, right? Sometimes the wind can be a tad overwhelming, which is where a windscreen comes in handy. Also, bugs can be a problem. If you’d rather not have one find its way into your mouth, then a windscreen is a great investment, and aftermarket windscreens can provide taller profiles without sacrificing the bike’s lines. Here's a fellow motorcycle DIY enthusiast changing out his windscreen on YouTube,. With lots of DIY motorcycle videos, you can likely find a how-to video for your particular bike as well.

Video Source: WingsRbent YouTube

Tank bag ($50-$100). A good tank bag serves a couple of good purposes; extra storage and comfort. You’re strapped for storage on a bike, so this is a great idea to hold all of those extra trinkets you can’t leave home without.  Any amount of packing support you can receive during a ride is always welcome. Here's a guy who made a homemade tank bag for his Ninja 250.


Seat ($100). A motorcycle comfort seat is probably the most important out of all of the add-ons. Think about it, you’re sitting down the entire time so you might as well keep your rump comfy. A comfortable motorcycle seat add-on, reshaping, softening, or replacement not only keeps your bum cushioned, but can keep other areas free from stress as well. For all of you long-haul riders, this will work wonders and help keep you concentrated on the road and not your discomfort.

Video Source: John Hunt YouTube

 

What is the most comfortable motorcycle to ride?

I can’t mention motorcycle add-ons without mentioning which bikes are the best in the comfort department. Touring bikes are going to be the best option; sorry about all of you sportbike, cruiser or other riders. Once you hop on one, you’ll understand why touring bikes are the best. So, if you want the most comfortable motorcycle to ride, here are a few to help you get started.

  • Honda Gold Wing
  • Indian Roadmaster
  • Kawasaki Vulcan 750
  • Harley-Davidson Electra Glide
  • Triumph Trophy SE
  • Yamaha FJR1300
  • Victory Cross Country Tour
  • KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

Give your body the comfortable ride it deserves this spring. Now that the temperatures are warming up and the flowers are blooming, there’s no better time to take it all in than on a comfortable cruise!

 


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RumbleOn Road Captain

Written by RumbleOn Road Captain

Your fearless leader in all things to do with motorcycle education. I cover tips and advice for motorcycle riders, motorcycle product reviews, and pretty much anything I think is useful to my fellow bikers.

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