Motorcycle mods can be downright amazing. When creativity meets skill and know-how, there’s no limit to what can be accomplished. In my time in the motorcycle industry, I’ve had the good fortune of meeting some extremely skilled and talented individuals who have done some seriously mindblowing modifications to motorcycles and motorcycle accessories. Here are a few that stand out.
Only recently did I come across a guy who modded a vaporizer pen into his motorcycle helmet. Now while this isn’t a mechanical mod, it was extremely cool to see. For those who are unaware, a vaporizer pen is a an electronic pen that allows you to vaporize either liquid or dried herbs, which means you’re not inhaling harmful combustion materials. So for this guy, who enjoyed to have a vape on the road without having to pull over, he just built it right in to his helmet.
Another cool one was a guy who actually engineered a split back wheel with the drive train in the middle of the wheel. This allowed for a back wheel virtually as wide as you want, because you don’t have any of the drive gearing on the outside of the wheel, everything was in between the two halves of the back tire.
I haven’t seen it in person, but I know a few guys who saw a motorcycle with tractor tires at a bike convention. If you Google this, you’ll see that he’s not the only to have done this, but it just goes to show that you really can do anything you want when it comes to modifying motorcycles. Despite the fact that this is not the least bit practical, it’s still cool to see what the great minds of bike mods are doing at any given time.
We have compiled an list of three not so obvious items to keep stocked in your shop. Think of these as efficiency hacks that will keep your time in the garage running as smoothly as possible. Some of the items are a little unorthodox, but useful nonetheless.
Meal Replacement Shakes
We all know that during those long days in the shop, it’s difficult to eat properly. Meal replacement shakes offer a great alternative to a nutritious meal that you can make in a pinch. These shakes contain essential vitamins and nutrients, along with fiber, protein and other beneficial ingredients. Personally, I always have IdealShape, a popular weight loss shake on hand in case I don’t have time to eat properly.
This is important because if you’re working long hours, a nap or rest is crucial to keeping your focus. When you’re tired, it’s easy to get distracted or make mistakes which can lead to very costly or even dangerous mistakes being made. Do yourself a favor and get a resting station in your shop as soon as possible.
This is pretty common, but a lot of shops still don’t have a fridge nearby. Fridges are important to keep food and snacks so you don’t constantly have to run out to grab food. Not only can this get expensive and can be unhealthy, but it takes you out of the shop and causes you to lose focus.
Hopefully the addition of these items to your motorcycle shop will improve efficiency. If you have any other suggestions for this list, let us know!
Sometimes your run of the mill grease removers aren’t enough to do the job. We’ve talked to some creative people who have used some pretty strange things in order to try and cut through oil and grease in the shop. We’re not sure how well some of these worked but it’s pretty interesting to see what some people come up with when working on their bikes.
We’re not sure if this would work or not, but I’ve actually heard of a few people using this. I’ve never used it myself but in a concentrated form, the acid could help cut through the grease on your bike. I’m not sure how many people lemon juice stocked in the shop but next time you start a bike mod, you might want to head down to the grocery store first.
Skin Lightening Cream
Skin lightening cream uses a molecule that lightens the pigment in the skin. Apparently the molecule can also be used to cut through grease. I know a guy who actually has a bottle of Meladerm, a popular skin lightening treatment, stocked in his garage, and he swears by it. Meladerm is actually pretty expensive so it might not be the most cost effective method.
Apple Cider Vinegar
There are a lot of known health benfits of ACV, but apparently it doesn’t end there. It works in a similar way that lemon juice works, cutting through the oil and grease on your motorcycle. It’s a very concentrated vinegar so you’ll want to use eye and hand protection when using it in the shop.
As we said earlier, we have never tried any of these and we’re not sure if they would be at all useful in the garage, but they’re interesting nonetheless. Next time you start a bike mod, you have some food for thought.
We’ve all had those days where we can’t seem to accomplish much in the shop. At the end of the day, the bike is in almost the same state as when we walked in. Whether it’s fatigue, distraction or whatever else, cutting down on these days and maximizing efficiency in the shop is key to running a successful business or to get the most out of your home motorcycle projects.
We decided to list a few tips and tricks to maximizing your productivity in the shop:
3. Nitric Oxide Supplements
Nitric oxide supplements are usually used as a pre-workout supplement which provides more blood to the muscles for an effective workout. However, it can be used in any situation to also supply more blood to the brain, improving concentration.
Nitrocut is a quality nitric oxide supplement that does not include any stimulants like caffiene, so you won’t get any jittery side effects.
Zen and the Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance, need I say more? Meditating before getting into the shop is a great way to relax, ground yourself and focus on the task at hand. Meditation has been proven to improve efficiency by a large margin. A lot of the time, inefficiency is simply a lack of focus, which meditation helps with.
In parts of Europe, afternoon naps are customary. Efficiency is known to improve after a quick afternoon power nap. If you’re like me, after lunch is the worst part of the day for efficiency. It’s almost like I’m wake-napping. In order to prevent this from occurring, a quick fifteen minute catnap can do wonders to your overall work efficiency.
These are just a couple of creative ways to help improve efficiency in the shop and get more work done on your motorcycle for you or your clients.