Motorcycles sometimes can become addictive in a good way, and in the process of finding individuality, young riders often go berserk while modifying their rides.
While there is nothing wrong in modifying a bike to create a unique identity, there are certain modifications that can get your motorcycle seized by the RTO. Here are 10 such illegal modification jobs.
The number of stares a motorcycle gets when it guns through traffic making that high-pitch noise may give you few hair-raising experiences but to burst the bubble, such modifications are not legal.
Most affordable motorcycle exhausts are free flow and to install them, the catalytic converter, that saves the environment from the harmful emissions of your motorcycle.
Installing free flow exhaust also increases the noise from the exhaust. The after affects of a free flow exhaust is far deeper than the gains. The loud noise and increase in emission will get your motorcycle seized by the police or RTO. However, there are few performance enhancing exhaust system from established manufacturers like Akrapovich. Sadly, they don’t make exhaust system for most regular affordable motorcycles.
A motorcycle has many other things than the engine. These extra things like the exhaust system has been tuned perfectly to work with the particular engine. Many motorcycle modifiers change the displacement of the engine by boring the cylinder for extra power. Also, there other modifications like increasing the nozzle size of the carburettor to put in extra fuel and replacing the stock air-filter with a new one.
Such modifications are under the shell and hard to spot but if you have changed the engine specification from what is mentioned in your RC, you will be in big trouble. Engine modifications are not allowed at all and only way to make it road legal is by taking the motorcycle to ARAI, who will homologate the motorcycle again to check if it meets with the Indian standard.
Cutting the chassis, welding it with extra metal or reshaping it in any way is illegal. Many custom motorcycle makers cut and weld the chassis to transform the motorcycle beyond recognition. Modifying the chassis disturbs the integrity of the motorcycle and the RTO sees it as a dangerous vehicle that can harm you or other people on road. Modifying chassis is a strict no unless, you want to carry the motorcycle on a trailer and show it to friends and come back home.
The RC of your vehicle is a legal document and it mentions all the information of your motorcycle. If it says two-wheels, then make sure that you do not change it to three wheels or get a side-car for fun. Conversions to trike or getting a side-car is prohibited by law. There are certain rules for the disabled riders, who can get extra wheels for support but that has to be approved by the RTO and the same will be mentioned in the new RC. Conversion to trike is also prohibited by law and can land your vehicle in RTO for a long time.
If it is not a college project and you are planning to ride on public roads with your newly engineered electric conversion kit, beware, you can lose your motorcycle. There are many conversion kits available in the market that can convert your loving motorcycle to alternate fuel like CNG, LPG or can make it electric altogether to lower the riding cost.
Even though there are approved CNG and LPG kits for four-wheelers, there is a very limited option for the two-wheelers. Any unauthorised kits can cause explosion or fire outbreak in your motorcycles. Such CNG, LPG and electric conversion kits are very much banned in every corner of the country.