Motorcycling is about the open road, the feeling of wind on your face and the sound of exhaust in your ears…or at least it starts that way. Some of us secretly find that, after a while, we miss some of the creature comforts of our cars. Here’s 10 ways to turn your bike into a car by adding that little something extra.
Heated grips go a long way to keeping your entire body warm when temperatures drop. When your body gets cold, it circulates less blood to your extremities to keep your core warm. Grip warmers won’t keep your hands toasty in all weather conditions, but they will keep your hands warm enough to make any ride bearable.
It used to be a fun brain exercise, having to remember directions, but lately it’s seen as too “mentally exhausting” to have to remember all of those street names every time you go somewhere new. Adding a GPS can solve all of that, while giving you tons of extra data to think about when out on the road. I never knew I needed to know my estimated arrival time until it was right there in front of me. We’re big fans of the Garmin zumo 390M.
Those exhaust sounds you once loved just aren’t as stimulating anymore and, while you started riding a motorcycle because you enjoyed the solitude, it would be really nice to tell your buddy he’s about to miss the exit instead of having to flag him over and then turn around. The Sena systems work great.
Most stock headlights are absolutely pitiful, the average producing about 1,000 lumens. In addition to being woefully underpowered, they’re also often aimed poorly for lighting the road you’re about to ride on, often choosing to light the ground near your feet or some point in the sky instead. Aftermarket auxiliary lighting is far more powerful and affords you the opportunity to aim that power right where you want it. We recommend anything by Denali or Baja Designs.
12v Power Outlet
Now that you’ve added a Bluetooth headset, GPS device, and are playing podcasts while you ride, you’re going to need a way to charge all your stuff. Some bikes come with a power outlet as stock, but it’s extremely easy to add an aftermarket option yourself by just attaching leads to your battery. Just be careful where you run the wiring as you risk water damage if not done properly.