For many riders the farkle (bike equipment and bling) begins to look the day you purchase your new bike and doesn’t cease till it’s offered or crashed.
So the reply to the query on this article’s heading is “by no means”!
Nonetheless, there’s a regulation of diminishing returns on any bike equipment.
So it is sensible to cease “investing” in your bike earlier than the price of the equipment outweighs the return in elevated worth.
Sadly, in the event you take that sensible monetary view, you’d by no means add something to your bike.
Equipment merely don’t add any worth to your bike, or not less than, not the equal worth you paid for the equipment.
At finest, equipment solely make your bike a bit of simpler to promote when it comes time to half with it.
Though, if the equipment or modifications are “quirky” – like flame paint or a girlie pinup on the tank – then it might really scale back the worth of your bike or scale back its potential market and make it tougher to promote.
As a substitute of viewing farkle as including worth to your bike, you need to merely view it as rising your pleasure.
It might make you extra comfy, enhance your pleasure of the bike or simply give you some standing.
By which case, it’s an intrinsic worth and never a financial worth.
So you may go on including farkle till you burst, in the event you like.
Reaching the bounds
Nonetheless, I lately reached the farkling limits on my 2006 Ducati GT1000.
I modified the gearing, suspension, tyres, mirrors and metal spoked wheels for carbon fibre fashions, plus added just a few different carbon fibre bits and items.
Now it rides effectively, appears nice and I merely don’t want nor wish to change the rest.
Even the ageing brake and clutch controls and reservoirs have a pleasant patina about them I wish to preserve reasonably than changing with shiny new farkling.
You’ll assume that might be a really completely happy place to be.
Nonetheless, it means I’ve no cause to enter bike outlets or browse on-line.
And that’s a bit unhappy.
So after I “occurred upon” the Houston Superbike web site once more, it was only some minutes later that I used to be receiving a affirmation electronic mail to say that my carbon fibre rear hugger was on its approach …