Customizing Your Motorcycle
Can Customizing Your Bike Put You In Danger?
At our law firm, we know that riding a motorcycle is a way of life. Every motorcycle says something about its owner. Many riders recognize that and customize their bikes to suit their lifestyle and reflect their personality.
While being an individual is part of the tradition of motorcycle riding, customizing your ride often means changing its construction. Any time you've altered your vehicle, you could be making changes to how safely it rides.
Be Aware of the Risks
Having a unique bike can mean taking risks. There are many details to consider to be sure that your customized bike is safe. Stripping a bike down and rebuilding it can alter its balance and center of gravity, which makes riding and controlling your bike difficult and more dangerous.
Adding new or aftermarket parts can increase the risk of defective materials. Improperly installed parts can also lead to serious injury. Be sure to consult with a professional motorcycle mechanic before making any major alterations to your bike.
Identifying Defective Motorcycle Parts
Just because there's a possible risk involved, doesn't mean you can't create the bike you want. Adding or replacing custom parts – whether it's wheels, tailpipes, or handlebars – should be approached with a practiced hand and a trained eye. A proper mechanic can help spot defective materials before they cause an accident.
When parts fail to do their job, injuries can become even more serious. Here are a few things to look for when you make changes to your motorcycle:
- Make sure parts aren't warped or cracked
- Watch for recall notices from manufacturers
- Note how your bike rides after adding parts
- Watch for overheating or noticeable strain
If you notice any of these signs, we recommend taking your motorcycle to a licensed mechanic for a second opinion. It is always better to be cautious when something feels "off" about your motorcycle. Ignoring warning signs of a malfunctioning or defective part could lead to serious injury.
Be Smart When You Make Changes to Your Bike
Every motorcyclist knows the importance of being aware when they're on the road, but awareness off the road is just as important. Being aware of any changes or problems with your bike before you get on the road can mean all the difference and help you to avoid an accident before it happens. Be sure to keep an eye out for any sign of a problem with your custom bike or parts and address it so that it doesn't lead to an injury.
Be Safe and Enjoy the Ride
Sometimes – no matter how careful you are – accidents happen. Whether it's from a defective part or a negligent motorist, we can help get you the compensation you deserve.
For a free consultation, call us at 412-394-1000 or simply reach us online. We're standing by 24/7.