Long gone are the days when motorcycle enthusiasts had to know their bikes in and out, and perform a lot of the repairs themselves. Nowadays, people aren’t as invested, and why should they be? Modern motorcycles are far more reliable than motorcycles in the past, and there’s a mechanic on almost every corner that can fix almost anything on your motorcycle. With that said, people mostly pay attention to the looks and the switches and controls on the handlebar.
A lot of people buy a new motorcycle handlebar switch or controls just to improve their riding experience, while others do it to replace damaged or malfunctioning switches and controls. Regardless of what your motives behind getting a new motorcycle handlebar switch or controls may be, you should make a well-informed decision, as even though they’re small accessories and parts, they play a huge role in your bike’s overall performance.
Thanks to the internet, buying new handlebar switches and controls is now easier than ever thanks to their wide availability online and in motorcycle dealerships. But regardless where you end up buying your controls and switches from, you should never compromise on quality. With that being said, you’ll likely come across controls and switches that are so cheap you’d consider them a steal, while in reality you’ll need to replace them relatively soon due to breaks or cracks at the pivot.
The quality of these parts is of utmost importance as they can cause the brakes to lock up or jam while riding your bike at high speeds, and that’s a recipe for disaster. However, more expensive switches and controls doesn’t necessarily mean better either. With that being said, look for controls and switches that are made from reliable manufacturers and feature a decent design.
However, you don’t have to wait for your switches to get damaged or start malfunctioning to replace them. Oftentimes, if you’re buying a new handlebar, chances are you’ll have to buy new switches too. Typically, switches are easy to find and they may even be identical to your bike’s original ones. However, there are some switches that serve a specific purpose. Regardless, buying switches is easy, while installing them can be complicated due to the required wiring. Some may require you to make alternations to the wire connectors, which if you have no experience in, might prove to be difficult. If that’s the case, you should have a mechanic or someone experienced in the matter do the wiring for you.