Motorcycle Parts: My Top Picks

When I embarked on street riding at the age of 14 in Paris, I found myself immersed in the world of motorcycles, maintaining both my Italian Malaguti and Spanish Derbi. Handling all the mechanical intricacies wasn’t just a necessity; it was a fascinating endeavor driven by financial constraints and the challenges of navigating a language barrier. The need to communicate with a French mechanic and my limited budget propelled me to take matters into my own hands.

Returning to the United States, my foray into road racing unfolded against a backdrop of financial constraints. With scant resources, I dedicated countless days and nights to fine-tuning my bikes for the upcoming races. The backdrop for my labor was often less than ideal—working outdoors in adverse conditions, be it a scorching 95-degree day with high humidity. It was a tough yet invaluable experience.

Fast forward almost 50 years, armed with a wealth of knowledge and experience, I present my top recommendations for the best motorcycle parts, spanning across renowned brands: Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki.

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