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Street Bikes: Top 5 Motorcycle Upgrades in 2012

Just admit it: your motorcycle is lacking. Cruising through the streets on your ride just isn't the same anymore. You're probably yearning for that feeling you had when you first rode your bike off the lot. You also might be considering selling it and buying a new one to recapture that feeling. That's definitely an option, but it isn't the only one. These are five simple ways to upgrade your current motorcycle to give it that day one feel again.

Get a paint job

Get a paint job

Being loud is important, but when people turn to look at your bike, you want them to have that classic cartoon jaw-drop. Okay, that may be a little too much to ask for; maybe the classic nod of approval is a more attainable goal. If you do decide to get a paint job, remember not to rush into it too quickly. Take your time and carefully select a color that fits your personality and your bike. Oh, and don't worry about the color of your bike affecting your insurance; it's just a myth. If you want to make sure, just check an insurance website such as and check for yourself.


Change your oil

Oil change

If you're a true passionate motorcycle owner, then you know that aesthetics aren't everything. Making sure your bike's internals are in order is key to keeping it running as smooth as possible for as long as possible. Make sure the oil you buy is motorcycle-specific and high quality, or you might have complications later on.


Buy a new seat

Take a seat!

The most important thing to keep in mind when buying a new seat is comfort; if you're not comfortable during your ride, then you won't be able to relax and enjoy it. If you spring for a custom seat, it's best to purchase it in person rather than offline, since you'll be able to test it out in the store.


Buy new tires

New tires for stopping with!

Last, but certainly not least, are the tires. If your bike is old, then your tires are most certainly worn. Make sure to upgrade your tires if you're planning to take your bike on any unexpected excursions to terrain you've never ridden on before.


Get a better horn

Get a better horn

When you're on the road, you want your presence to be known, both for safety reasons and to look flashy. If you have an older bike, then your horn may be worn out, or may not have been very loud to begin with. Picking up a loud, custom horn is a good first step for reinventing and reinvigorating your motorcycle.