Tips For a Motorcycle Vacation

Summer time is here and going full swing, so that means you must have a vacation coming up. This article shares some tips to make your summer motorcycle vacation a safe, relaxing, and fun time.

First up is making sure your bike is healthy enough for a long trip. Your best bet is probably to take your bike into the shop, and have an experienced mechanic look things over, but if you can do it on your own, check the following:

  1. Oil. Do you need an oil change?
  2. Fuel filter
  3. Spark plugs
  4. Chain and belt tension
  5. Tires
  6. Lights
  7. All fasteners

Again, if you notice a problem with any of the above parts, the best thing to do is have an experienced mechanic do the work for you to ensure your bike is in the best shape possible for your trip.

When your motorcycle is in tip-top shape, it’s time to get yourself ready. When going on a long trip it’s important to pack wisely. Do you really need to take excessive amounts of clothes or other items? Try packing trial size toiletries like toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc. Make a list of the things you absolutely need and work from there. If there are things you can easily pick up on the road or at your destination, then there is no need to bog down your bike with that extra stuff.

Once you have decided what you are going to pack (you are packing lightly right?), then make sure you balance the load on your bike evenly. If your bike is packed top heavy, the load isn’t balanced properly, your motorcycle will be more difficult to handle, which can cause you to fatigue easier, and that becomes a safety hazard. Check, double check, and recheck that your luggage is secure on your bike. You don’t want stuff flying off your bike on the highway, and neither does anyone else.

When you are finally ready to hit the road, always remember safety first. Don’t be in a hurry to get to your destination. When you are on a motorcycle vacation, the ride there and back should be as enjoyable as the time you spend at your destination. Heck, take some back roads, take some extra stops so you can stretch your legs, take a break to have a snack or a drink (NON-alcoholic of course!). The reason you are taking your bike on a vacation is to enjoy the open road, don’t forget that. In the past I’ve had some rides that was a hectic whirlwind to get where I was going, and the ride became more of a pain that the relaxing jaunt that it should be.

So relax and enjoy your time on the road, and at your vacation destination.

How To Get High Quality Aftermarket CDI Ignition And Motorcycle Parts

The are several arguments about the quality of aftermarket motorcycle parts, such as CDI ignition and stator. Motorcycle owners who have their vehicles undergo repair are often debating about whether to get an original part or opt for the aftermarket items instead. Most of them base it on the price, while a few others settle for the original parts due to an assumption that this is better in quality as it is produced by the actual manufacturer of your motorcycle.

These are not true at all. There are measures you can take to ensure that you can get a high quality motorcycle stator or any accessories you need, for that matter.

A good way to start is to find a reputable motorcycle parts dealer. This will ensure that you are not getting the short end of the stick on your deal. If you are new to buying motorcycle parts, it pays to ask for feedback or recommendation from people you personally know whom have tried buying from these dealers before. You can also utilize their feedback to assess the level of quality from that particular dealer. It does not mean that buying aftermarket motorcycle parts would mean that you should settle for low quality products, as well.

If you just bought your motorcycle, then you have to check with your insurance provider if they allow you to purchase aftermarket parts. Not all insurance companies will allow you to use aftermarket items to be used on a new motorcycle, so you need to be sure before making that investment or else it will be more costly in the end.

Check the type of material used on the motorcycle part, such as motorcycle stator or ignition. There are more options for types of materials to use as compared to OEM parts so you can customize it based on the design and quality that you are aiming for. Some of the materials that are available to choose from include titanium, carbon fiber, and aerospace aluminum.

It is also best to compare through various automotive shops and dealers. Each one vary in the quality of the aftermarket motorcycle items, parts, and accessories. Thus, it pays to do your research so you can determine which ones offer the best quality and have more options for you to choose from. the more options you have in hand, the better able you can pick a dealer that can meet your quality expectations.

Another way to ensure quality from aftermarket parts for your motorcycle, whether old or new, is to have a skilled technician perform the installation for you. Even OEM parts can be low in quality when they are installed by a non-technically inclined person. If there are installation services available, then you can have the parts installed at the shop where you have bought it from.

Aftermarket items are used by a lot of people, such as those who build custom motorcycles. This, indeed, offers more flexibility than just relying on OEM parts so you can create fresh designs and expect custom fit on various parts. If you can get a CDI ignition or other motorcycle parts, you can therefore expect quality.