How much did my dual sport bike cost? Sadly, that is something I cannot answer, but I can share with you 4 price tips that will help you keep your own modifications at a lower cost.
The tips are simple, and they may even seem intuitive, however, they may not be for everyone, and since I do want to share all I know, I could not keep this information out.
The first tip - Take your time. Transformations take time, not only in research, in planning and in execution, but also in trial and error. Once you go down the road of making changes that can't be bought out of the shelf, you are going into uncharted territory. Parts that won't fit, parts that won't work as intended, modifications that once you make work and fit, just didn't perform as intended.
The more you plan and your research, the more you get data to back your plan, the smaller the error margin will be. Still, it will exist.
The more you will allocate for tests and trials, the less money you will spend down the line by doing the same thing over and over again.
Take your time.
The second tip - Do it yourself. The more you can do yourself, the more you can produce with your own hands, the more you will enjoy your bike, but also, the more money you will save in mechanics.
Even taking into account the first time, the more you know how to do, or you have tried to do and still will need a mechanics helps, the better you will be able to explain exactly what you want, why you needed and where your ability and knowledge stopped. That will allow you to minimize the time you will have to pay to a mechanic while maximizing the possibility of a successful shop visit.
The third tip - Ask friends for help. Many of the modifications I did on my bike, prior to getting the sponsorship from BMW, where done not only by me but many with the help of friends. Friends that had knowledge in areas I didn't, friends that had tools I didn't.
Not only does that allow for a way more entertaining build, as you can share it with friends, debate ideas and share a good old "boys time", it is certain to lower the price of anything mod that is impossible to find in a shelf of even the more obscure store.
The fourth tip - This one may just be one of the most important if you want to keep the final price of your modifications down. If you are replacing parts on your bike, consider selling the old ones.
eBay, Craigslist or any other outlet is always a good choice to reach more potential buyers, but don't forget to check the markets prices first. Greedy sells tend not to sell or take forever to turn around. Be fair on your askings, and if you search for second-hand parts yourself, especially parts that you know how to fix yourself or have a way to fix at a low cost, you might even find yourself in a position where you sold your old parts for more than you bought the ones you will install next.
It is extremely time-consuming, but indeed worthy.
I've been using these tips for years with great success, and I hope they help you as much as they have helped me.
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