Pimp Your Ride!

Because everyone's an individual

By Ari Henning, Photography by Joe Neric, John Zamora

Home Powder Coating
Powder coating is more durable than conventional paint, and with Harbor Freight's $70 coating system it's never been easier or cheaper to do it yourself. We picked up a kit and have used it to coat small parts like fork caps, sidestands and triple clamps. It's an effective way to subtly alter your bike's appearance and protect high-wear surfaces such as engine cases. An oven (or a toaster oven, like we use) is required to cure the coated part.

Two Brothers Exhaust
Click the "Custom Shop" tab on the Two Brothers website and you'll enter a world of options. There you can play with an interactive program to build your own exhaust. Whether you're in the market for an affordable slip-on or performance-enhancing full system, Two Brothers lets you choose your sleeve material, inlet, outlet and end cap colors, and even design a personalized badge with your name and race number. Pricing depends on pipe model and the options you select, so check out the website to get an estimate.

FP Racing Levers
You can get your levers engraved at any jewelry store, but good luck getting them done for just $10! When you buy a set of FP Racing folding levers, they offer the option to have the logo or text of your choice laser-etched on the surface for just $5 per side. FP's six-way adjustable levers are machined from billet aluminum and are assembled in your choice of 14 anodized colors. Their folding design helps prevent component damage in the event of a crash or tip-over, and each $179 set is guaranteed for life.

Bates Leathers
While the nice people at Bates offer their contemporary textile garments in off-the-rack sizes, their leather jackets are all custom-sewn to order. It's a tradition that dates back to 1949, and is part of the reason Bates was the brand of choice for legends like King Kenny Roberts and Giacomo Agostini. Garments are hewn from the finest leather in classically attractive styles, and are intended to provide a lifetime of comfort and protection. Pricing starts at $830. Options such as armor and special designs are available.

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