Whether you’ve got a specific problem you’d like to see solved or you’re just the kind of rider who likes to make your motorcycle a little more personalized, motorcycle mods have a lot of appeal. Unfortunately, they’ve been known to cost a pretty penny.
If you’re looking for cheap motorcycle mods that won’t have you looking for change underneath your sofa cushions, take a look at some of our favorites for under $100. Some are purely cosmetic and some modify your bike’s functionality, but you can be sure either way that parts will set you back less than $100. (Labor might be extra, but it’s usually worth it for a job well done.)
Disclaimer: The information in the blog post is intended for entertainment purposes only. The author of this post neither guarantees the price of any particular product sold by a third-party vendor, nor encourages anyone to undertake motorcycle modifications without the proper mechanical expertise or professional assistance. Certain modifications may also be restricted according to local laws or regulations; check laws in your area before making any modifications.
Awesome, Inexpensive Custom Mods for Less than $100
Probably the easiest mod there is, just find one you like and slap it on the side of your bike. You don’t see too many old-fashioned bumper stickers on motorcycles, but logos, designs, and other illustrations are common enough. There’s a more or less endless array of options to choose from, so be sure to shop around before you make a decision. Word to the wise: Decals can be less than forgiving to your bike’s paint job, so keep your resale value in mind as well.
- Cost: Anywhere from $1 to $15 or so for nicer decals, depending on the size, design, and retailer.
If you ride a Harley Davidson, floorboard extensions can be a great way to make your bike more comfortable. These kits provide all the hardware needed to extend your Harley’s stock floorboards out by about an inch. It doesn’t sound like much of a difference, but many riders swear by them, claiming increased comfort, better riding position, and even reduction in hip, knee, and ankle stress.
- Cost: Floorboard spacer kits, which usually include just bolts for spreading out your boards, usually cost between $30 and $50. Full kits with extended floorboards are usually closer to between $60 and $90.
New handle grips are easy to install, and a great way to give your bike a little custom flair. In many cases, they could improve grip
- Cost: New grips can vary widely in cost depending on quality and custom options (like heated grips), but expect to pay somewhere between $15 and $80.
Hidden Radio Antenna
Like listening to the radio, but don’t like how your antenna looks? No problem! Hidden radio antennas are an easy, inexpensive way to get great reception without sticking out. Plug it in to your antenna input, mount somewhere out of the way, and voila.
- Cost: Usually under $20.
A new windscreen could make all the difference in the world on your bike, whether you want a longer one to provide better protection, or a shorter one for cosmetic or practical purposes.
- Cost: New windshields can be pricey, but plenty will run you under $100.
New Hand Levers
Replacing brake or clutch levers is popular among many bikers, either for looks or for performance reasons. For instance trigger levers can make pulling easier, especially for riders with smaller hands. Installation can be done DIY if you know what you’re doing as well.
- Cost: This depends on the brand and quality, but a decent lever for about $80 is standard.
GPS System and Dock
This one takes a little bit oh hacking, but for under $100 you can easily rig a GPS to your motorcycle. The rub: Motorcycle GPS devices are usually quite expensive. But if you’re willing to use a cheaper car GPS (which aren’t typically waterproof, so be careful with the rain), it can be fairly easy to rig up a solid mounting. Plenty of guides exist online to show you how to do just that. Be careful it’s sturdy enough for when you’re on the road, though. And speaking of the road, key your eyes on it, GPS or no.
- Cost: Many brands sell GPS units for between $50 - $100.
Many riders find the horns their bikes come with off the showroom floor pretty, well, wimpy. Replacing them with a model that has a little more lung behind it is common, for safety reasons and as a simple matter of pride.
- Cost: A new horn is usually well under $50, but prices can vary.
Garage Door Opener
Sick and tired of coming home on your bike, getting off it, opening the garage, and then bringing it in? Good news! With a garage door opener designed especially for motorcycles, you can make sure your garage is open
- Cost: Comprehensive kits are usually between $50 and $150.
Push Button Fuel Door Latch
For many motorcycles, riders have to open the door to the fuel tank with a key, which is safe but not always convenient in the dark or with full hands. That’s why many bikers choose to have push-button door latches for easy access.
- Cost: Usually under $30.
Front Fork Air Baffle
This simply piece is installed in your bike’s front fork, diverting air and keeping your legs a lot warmer and more comfortable on the road. Installation is a breeze, to boot.
- Cost: Usually under $30.
Rim tape can be a cosmetic decision, but they can also greatly improve your ability to be seen at night, especially on poorly lit roads and highways. Available with a number of options and in a number of colors to suite every taste.
- Cost: A roll is usually under $20.
Headlight modulators are simply electronic devices that do basically what they sound like: modulate the brightness and intensity of a bike’s headlights, from relatively dim to high. Proponents claim they increase visibility and improve rider safety, though not everyone agrees. Some bikers think they’re just annoying. Nonetheless, if you’re in the former camp they’re a relatively cheap and easy mod.
- Cost: Typically between $50 and $100.
New Seat Cover
Seat covers can be a great way to customize your bike’s look, or an easy way to vastly improve comfort. Either way, most won’t completely empty your wallet.
- Cost: Between $50 - $100, depending on the quality and specific functionality (gel padding, etc.)
Swapping out your handlebars can be a quick, easy way to customize your bike and adapt how it handles to your preference and riding style. Because a set of handlebars isn’t really much more than a steel tube, they’re often pretty affordable as well.
- Cost: Varies widely, but it’s not difficult to find a decent set of handlebars for between $50 and $100. But specialty or higher-end bars can easily reach a few hundred bucks, so be sure to shop around.
Flush-Mount Turn Signals
Some riders dislike the turn signals that come stock with many motorcycles, thinking they stick out too far or aren’t bright enough. Replacing stock signals with LED, flush mounted ones, or those that sit level with the side of the bike. Note: flush mount turn signals could reduce your visibility to other motorists, and may be restricted by local laws depending on where you live. Use with caution and check out local laws. (We also recommend professional installation if you aren’t comfortable with wiring.)
- Cost: A set if flush-mount turn signals should easily cost around $50 or less, although some cost closer to $75.
Bar End Mirrors
Attaching mirrors to the ends of one or more of your handle bars is an easy, simply way to improve visibility, reduce blind spots, and increase overall safety. Just fasten them to the end of your bars, adjust like you would any rear-view, and you’re good to go!
- Cost: Anywhere from under $10 to over $100 depending on the brand and quality.
This one’s not technically a motorcycle mod, but with your bike’s service and repair manual, you can make future mods and DIY repairs a whole lot easier. These guides will provide instructions for basic maintenance, repairs, and more. If you don’t have any mechanical experience of skill whatsoever, you’re probably better off with the name of a good mechanic. But if you’re in anyway DIY-inclined, a good service manual is a must.
- Cost: Under $50.
Old saddlebags can be a real eyesore, and not especially secure either. Luckily it’s not too hard to find a decent replacement on the cheap.
- Cost: Higher-end models can run a couple of hundred bucks or more, but it’s not impossible to find a decent bag for under $100, especially if you’re okay with canvas instead of leather.
Never worry about a dead battery again when you hook up an automatic float charger, especially useful in cold climate or when your bike is in storage. Note that a float charger is usually better than a “trickle” charger, because it will out off its charge before the battery is over charged or dried out. However, a float charger typically won’t charge a battery from a completely depleted state.
- Cost: Between $10 and $50.
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Once you’ve got your bike just how you want it with any of these cheap motorcycle mods, why not use some of the cash you saved to treat yourself? Gravitate Jeans are awesome, stylish, comfortable motorcycle jeans for men, women, and plus-size women riders.
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