Why Motorcycle Performance Upgrades Aren’t Worth it

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Last updated on June 8th, 2018

If you checked out my Kawasaki Ninja 650 mods list, you might be wondering where are all the engine performance upgrades? I’m going to take a bit of an unconventional stance here.  Currently, on anything that isn’t a top-of-the-line model or a race bike, I think motorcycle performance upgrades aren’t worth it. At least not HP-wise, in any case. Continue reading “Why Motorcycle Performance Upgrades Aren’t Worth it”

Phoenix Arms Upgraded Safety – HP22A/HP25A

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Last updated on June 7th, 2018

While the HP22A & HP25 is one of the best rock-bottom priced .22lr pistols out there, its safety features are awful. Though I’ll admit that isn’t too surprising for a pistol designed in California. However, the excessive safety features can pretty much make this firearm unsafe to handle. At least in the opinion of gun-enthusiasts like me. Thankfully, it’s a pretty easy problem to solve. With a Phoenix Arms HP22A/HP25A upgraded safety (Ebay) you can quickly and easily make your firearm work like the majority of firearms out there. Plus, it will also work on other weapons in the family like the Phoenix Arms HP22, HP22A, HP25, HP25A, and possibly more. If you want to see what the part does and how to install it, keep reading. Continue reading “Phoenix Arms Upgraded Safety – HP22A/HP25A”

My 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Mods List

MillennialDIYer's 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Mods & Upgrades List

Last updated on July 26th, 2018

Here’s my 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 mods list. It’s a list of all modifications and upgrades I’ve done to my Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS. As of now, at least.

Some are easy bolt-on parts, and others are full-blown custom installations. And keep in mind that most will also fit the 2017 Kawasaki Z650, too. If you’re interested in seeing what I chose to install, take a look at my Kawasaki Ninja 650 mods list below. Continue reading “My 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Mods List”

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Parts Compatibility List

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Last updated on June 22nd, 2018

The following is a non-exhaustive, yet unfinished Kawasaki Ninja 650 parts compatibility list. That is, it is a list of models which share a degree of compatibility with the new 2017+ Kawasaki Ninja 650.

Though this model is new for 2017 – and a major redesign on the previous version of the infamous Ninja 650 – there are still many major and minor accessories that will directly bolt-on. At least from previous models from the Kawasaki family. I can’t make any guarantees about compatibility, but it is an excellent starting point when looking for more options when it comes to replacements and upgrades.

Also, if you want to check out what parts I decided to install on my 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650, check out my mods list. I’ve definitely put a not-insignificant amount of time and money into my bike, so I can absolutely make a few recommendations. Continue reading “2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Parts Compatibility List”

Which is the Best Bolt Grade for Swingarm Spools?

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Last updated on June 6th, 2018

If you’ve stumbled upon this article, I’m guessing you’ve either lost the bolts that came with your swingarm spools or they’ve rusted. Perhaps they’ve started to bend until the point where it looks like they just might break at any moment. Rather than simply buy whatever is in stock at Home Depot, you actually used that meat between your ears and thought it would be appropriate to look up what’s the best bolt grade for swingarm spools. Good for you! The only problem is that it would seem like almost no one lists the right spec. Thankfully, here I’m gonna tell you what you should be looking for in the right bolt for spools or sliders. Continue reading “Which is the Best Bolt Grade for Swingarm Spools?”

The Best Bulb for Unmodified Headlight Housings

HIDs are great, but they are hard to install. While not quite as bright, here's the best bulb for unmodified headlight Housings I've found. Just swap them for an easy upgrade.

Last updated on August 14th, 2018

One of the most frequent questions on forums these days is how to improve the light output of stock headlights. It’s especially common for those riders trying to get rid of the ‘cyclops look’, so typical with imported motorcycles. I hate to be the harbinger of bad news, but the sad truth is that there is still no good answer. Like most things in life, it’s a compromise. The options are cheap, easy and bright. You can only choose two. Here I’ll show you which is the best bulb for unmodified headlight housings I’ve found so far.

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Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer for the Ninja 650/Z650

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Last updated on June 7th, 2018

It’s always nice to spend some quality time with your bike. A cheap and useful way to do that for most sport bikes is installing a Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer. Today we’re going to install one on a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS. The process and part are exactly the same for the 2017+ Kawasaki Z650. While it’s one of the easier Ninja 650 mods and upgrades, no instructions are included. Seeing it done before trying yourself is always nice, since there are always tips to learn beforehand. Here’s how to install a motorcycle fork stabilizing brace on a sport bike.

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 1 Hour
Cost: 30-50$ Continue reading “Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer for the Ninja 650/Z650”

Ninja 300 Phone Mount for Smartphones and GPS

Last updated on June 8th, 2018

This is simply going to be a quick guide on how to make a Ninja 300 phone mount holder for the 2012-2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300. Or a Kawasaki Ninja 250. We’ll do so via threading the steering stem bolt. For a more comprehensive guide, see my other Sport bike Smartphone Ram Mount How-ToThe goal is to be able to mount a smartphone holder centered directly on the handlebar. All while keeping it as OEM-looking as possible. Let’s begin.
Project Specs:

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 1 Hour
Cost: 10$ Continue reading “Ninja 300 Phone Mount for Smartphones and GPS”

Coban GPS Tracker Alarm GPS303G / TK303G Review

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Last updated on June 20th, 2018

Before even thinking about installing a motorcycle GPS tracker, you have to pick one first. After years of trying out alarms, I’ve finally found one that I’m satisfied with. And it’s the Coban GPS303G GPS tracker alarm . Sure, it isn’t the perfect car alarm, but at the price one can hardly complain.

If you want to see a review of this GPS tracker alarm, plus a break-down of its features and specs, keep reading.

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Remote Engine Shut-Off Device for Motorcycles – Theory and Assembly

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Last updated on June 21st, 2018

One of the most useful and interesting things you can do to any vehicle safety-wise is implement a remote engine shut-off. Basically it’s a device which allows you to turn off the engine remotely via a kill switch – from anywhere in the world. The typical way to do it is using a command via a GPS tracker. Yeah, I know. It sounds complicated. However, here I’m going to go over both the theory and practice of how to add a remote kill switch to a motorcycle. Once you’ve gone over the basics, you’ll see it isn’t that hard after all.

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