Video Feature - Project Kickstart Presents Steven Lynch
December 21, 2012 - San Diego, CA
There's no lack of riders here at BikeBandit.com, so Project Kickstart continues with Steven Lynch, one of our graphic designers. With a 2008 ZX-6R and a 1996 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail, Steven has spent quite a bit of time working on his bikes. Especially while completely re-vamping the Heritage. Check out what he's been doing to it and the challenges he's come across:
Know your motorcycle tools. It's become a common theme throughout the Project Kickstart series. Sure, we've done a ton of guides on what motorcycle tools that you should have and what exactly each one does, such as the Buyer's Guide to Motorcycle Tools, but for Steven, some of the tools that he's using are a little bit beyond that. Not only is he changing out the motorcycle accessories and aftermarket motorcycle parts on his Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail, he's going as far as to modify the frame and metalwork, which requires a whole new skill set.
Which leads to Steven's motorcycle tip. Know what you're doing. Know exactly what tools do what when working with metal. And if you're not sure, find someone to help out who does. There's not a whole lot of ways to come back from a mistake made when you're working on something as important as your motorcycle's frame.
But that's not the only kind of mistake that you can make with your motorcycle that you can't come back from. Crashes happen. It's a way of motorcycle life. Pay the extra money for the better motorcycle gear. When you skimp on gear, you're essentially saying that your skin isn't that important. After going down, Steven was glad that he had paid the extra buck for stuff that saved him a lot of extra pain. Not to mention he learned the value of some cheap motorcycle frame sliders. They're inexpensive but can save your plastics or paint from feeling the harshest effects of a drop or crash.