The numerous types of motorcycle accessories serve different purposes when attached to the bike or biker. These include:
- Enhancing safety
This is the main purpose of motorcycle accessories. Not all additions are meant to increase safety, but those meant for this purpose are the first ones that any biker should consider having. Most of these are actually a legal requirement.
They are meant to ensure the safety of both the rider and other road users by making them visible and acting as a shield from injuries in the event of an accident. A popular saying goes that while metal and fiber may be a vehicle’s body, the rider’s body is a bike’s body and the first absorber of impact.
Even those accessories that are meant for other uses should not compromise on general safety.
- Aiding communication
At times riders may find it necessary to communicate with other people during the ride. Since the use of devices like mobile phones is both hazardous and illegal, they may find an inbuilt communication device useful in many ways.
Such bikers include people doing deliveries, road racers and people riding in groups.
- Improving aerodynamics
While bikes are often designed in a style that helps them move with ease against the wind, a simple bike may have parts that cause a lot of drag. This is especially so for bikes that are not built for the specific purpose of racing.
Owners of such bikes may want to increase their speed potential. Streamlining accessories fit this purpose without requiring the bike owner to acquire a new bike.
- Improving hauling capacity
Bikes, even when built for luggage hauling, have very limited space in their natural form. Bike owners who intend to use their machine to carry bulky stuff e.g. mail, food delivery, may incorporate carrier accessories to aid this purpose.
A huge part of biking is about show-off. Lovers of thrill love to show how hot-blooded they are even on the outside. Ever noticed how bikers are often associated with tattoos, fiery hairstyles, and leather clothing? Some accessories are made to advance this look even further. These are the most popular additions and they come in all shapes and sizes. Mostly, aesthetic accessories seek to build on safety gear e.g. having a stylish helmet.