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If you are on this page, you must be some­one who does not take his set of two wheels to be a mere means of trans­port. What it takes to be a lov­ing owner is hav­ing a sen­si­ble-heart re­think time and again be­fore car­ry­ing out any mods on the mo­tor­cy­cle. We all love to per­son­al­ize our ma­chines ac­cord­ing to our taste and, at times, our needs. But what if our ac­tions are go­ing to ren­der the ma­chine’s war­ranty null and void? There will be a num­ber of own­ers who might have ex­pe­ri­enced this, suf­fer­ing the loss of war­ranty be­cause of a cus­tomiza­tion job.

Fur­ther­more, man­u­fac­tur­ers have not clearly pointed out what mod­i­fi­ca­tions will ren­der the war­ranty null and void nor have they come up with af­ter-mar­ket of­fer­ings for their mo­tor­cy­cles. We do not want too much when we say this. Maybe, it’s too te­dious a job to of­fer cus­tom add-ons for each of the bikes in their line-up. Spec­i­fi­ca­tions vary and so will the add-ons. They pro­vide us the basic stuff such as leg-guards and seat-cov­ers, etc. Mar­ques like KTM, Kawasaki, Har­ley-David­son, and Tri­umph, et al, have come a long way in this re­spect by of­fer­ing a num­ber of of­fi­cial af­ter-mar­ket ac­ces­sories at their out­lets and even on their web­sites, which do not af­fect the mo­tor­cy­cle’s war­ranty in any way.

How­ever, the real chal­lenge lies if you own an en­try-level 150-200-cc bike and want to add a bet­ter aux­il­iary il­lu­mi­nat­ing source to your bike, which, in fact, you have to if you tour; or, say, if you own a fully faired mo­tor­cy­cle and are plan­ning to get frame slid­ers/crash pro­tec­tors/ sad­dle stays, etc. Maybe, even a wrap job might be­come a night­mare. There­fore, man­u­fac­tur­ers ought to an­swer these unan­swered ques­tions to their prospec­tive cus­tomers, oughtn’t they? Arunava Das, Dehradun Dear Arunava,

We agree that not all man­u­fac­tur­ers, par­tic­u­lar those who pro­duce small-dis­place­ment bikes, of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of fac­tory-fit­ted ac­ces­sories. How­ever, things are chang­ing. Ev­ery­thing from the new Yamaha YZF-R15 V3 to the new BMW 310 sib­lings of­fer a slew of fac­tory-fit­ted ac­ces­sories that po­ten­tial cus­tomers can pick from. The is­sue that the man­u­fac­tur­ers typ­i­cally face is that they need to en­sure that these ac­ces­sories avail­able at the show­room don’t dam­age the bike in any way, ei­ther in the short term or the long term. This would re­quire ex­ten­sive test­ing for a prod­uct that typ­i­cally won’t be bought by any­one but an ar­dent en­thu­si­ast. We hope that clar­i­fies your doubt.

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