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Five Super Useful Mods for Motorcycle Commuting

If you plan to commute year-round by bike, then here are five super useful mods you should definitely consider for your bike.

Top Box

Sure, they’re not the most aesthetically pleasing of items and certainly not suited to all types of bikes. However, they are invaluable for lugging a change of clothes and packed lunch to work and the best way to transport heavy security chains that are now sadly essential in the city.

Givi is the market leader for top boxes, but there are cheaper alternatives from the likes of Kappa and others. Although Givi racks are bike-specific, the plates and boxes are interchangeable and can readily be picked up second-hand. Do opt for the better-rated Monokey kit, rather than the lightweight Monolock ones. Also, note some Kappa and Shad top boxes share the same mounting as Givi.

View the range of Givi Top Boxes at SportsBikeShop

Rear Hugger & Fender Extender

When you ride year-round regardless of weather, wet or dry, you will find loads of crud is thrown up off-road, covering your bike (and yourself). In the colder months, this can include salt and grit too. All of which wreaks havoc on your rear shock, radiator, engine, downpipes etc. Left unchecked and stuff starts seizing up, causing problems and serious headaches later on. Nothing worse than snapping or shearing bolts when performing what should be simple maintenance tasks.

CBF500 Fender ExtenderA rear hugger can be a little tricky to fit but are great at keeping your rear shock and linkage clear of crap. A front fender extender is very cheap and can be glued or screwed on easily to help protect your radiator and engine and reduce crud getting flung up onto yourself.

Loud Horn

Stebel Nautilus - BracketMost bikes come fitted with a pretty poor horn which simply won’t get you noticed. Swapping on a louder one or mini air horn can make a surprising difference. Of course, not everyone uses a horn when they could, but they can be invaluable to grab someone’s attention when you see them creeping out of a blind junction, about to swap lanes or just to warn pedestrians glued to phones and jaywalking.

I’ve personally had the Stebel Nautilus air horn and the Denali SoundBomb, both of which have saved my bacon many times, but there are many alternatives.

Buy the Denali SoundBOMB 120dB Horn from SportsBikeShop

Spot Lights / Day Light Running Lights

33928928 - view on the car mirror on the traffic jam and sunriseWhen commuting you invariably find yourself filtering through thick traffic, at dusk or on darker nights your bike will just blend into a sea of lights in people’s wing mirrors. Additional spotlights of DLR lights can help create a more distinctive shape that is easier for other drivers to spot and hopefully not cut you up.

Motorcycle LED SpotlightsSome spotlights are an option on new bikes but many others are available, from expensive Givi ones to super cheap Chinese LEDs off eBay. Obviously quality varies greatly and you get what you pay for, more expensive models are more robust, and have better-quality mountings and wiring. I recently picked up some super cheap Chinese ones and find they keep rattling loose…

Heated Grips

If you’re going to ride year-round, then you need to be prepared for cold hands. Wind chill cannot be underestimated, when the temperature is close to freezing fingers soon go numb with all but the very best of gloves. Although heated grips are not the only method to keep hands warm, they are very cost-effective (~£50) and particularly useful as they will always be handy on your bike. Perfect should you get caught out with the wrong gloves or a late-night ride home.

Oxford and R&G are some of the main brands on the market, with many options to suit different bikes.

View the range of Oxford Hot Grips at SportsBikeShop

So there you have it, five useful and practical mods for your bike that will certainly make commuting easier. Have you made other mods to help your day-to-day commuting? Comment below and share what you find works well.

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By Arthur

Seasoned London commuter, doing my best to stay rubber side down and never stop moving forward.

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