Let’s face it. If you own a motorcycle chances are that you’re thinking about performance. Motorcycles have been around since the early 20th century and since their inception people have been trying to increase their power. These 3 easy and inexpensive modifications will not only increase your motorcycle’s performance but give you confidence and know-how to keep your bike in top shape.
Motorcycle performance starts with air and air filters are the first point of contact your engine has with the outside world. Air flow plays a critical part in your engine’s performance and a simple way to think about this is; more air = more power but more air = worse filtration so you’ve got to play the balancing game to find the right mix.
Stock airboxes on most bikes are quite adequate but a simple upgrade can quickly increase horsepower as these focus mainly on filtration and not performance. The trick is not to let too much air in because it may contain contaminates that could be harmful to your engine. Race bikes use very unrestricted air filtration because they are strictly focused on power and more air equals more power but they also breakdown and rebuild engines constantly and that’s not what I want to spend every weekend doing, I want to ride! And remember, keep your filters clean and you’ll keep your bike happy.
Spark plugs make your motorcycle’s world go ’round, that is to say without them it wouldn’t go ’round at all and quality spark plugs can help your motorcycle’s performance a great deal. Spark plugs need to be changed out 20-30 thousand miles according to manufacturers standards but a great deal depends on how hard you ride. If you are a more aggressive rider you may need to change them more frequently and since they are relatively inexpensive they are well worth it to improve motorcycle performance.
The top choices in spark plugs today are platinum and iridium, both are well advanced of the copper relics providing better power and longevity. Benefits of new spark plugs include: Optimal combustion, better fuel economy, smooth and easy starts and better emissions. These are all key when it comes to your bike’s engine and how long it will last and how well it will perform.
Fuel plays a very important role in motorcycle performance. Use the wrong fuel and you could be sacrificing power, performance, and even the life of your motorcycle. Premium fuels have less additives that could potentially harm your bike and have a higher octane rating translating into more power, a cleaner burn and a healthier motorcycle.
Prolonged exposure to subprime fuels can have lingering effects on your motorcycle. Pinging, knocking and backfiring are all potential side effects from using a lower quality fuel. Motorcycles are high-powered machines that require the best gas to run optimally and by using high quality fuel you can ensure that your motorcycle will perform at it’s best.
If you use these 3 performance tips you can be sure that you’ll increase power, lower service intervals and stretch the life of your motorcycle all while giving you an increase level of confidence and enjoyment. Each of these have a litany of options so be sure to do some research and find out what parts match your riding style and your desired outcomes. Motorcycle performance has everything to do with the rider and without a rider it’s just a pretty paperweight.