Sliders for motorcycle frames

Insurance is a good thing. Whether it’s a full-coverage policy or a cable tethering your motorcycle to a pole in a bad neighborhood, if buying or installing something eases your anxiety, then it’s good. To ease your fears, build a set of frame sliders to protect your motorcycle in the event of a low side tip over into a parking space thanks to an errant driver. This project costs less than $30 and you will need to purchase: 4 skateboard wheels or roller skate wheels with bearings, threaded rod, four nuts, a hacksaw, pliers, hammer, random washers and loctite.

Start by going to a local thrift store to find an old skateboard or roller skates. The condition of the wheels doesn’t matter, their only purpose is to be sacrificed to avoid damaging your bike. Once you have the wheels, go to a hardware store and buy at least 4 feet of 5/8 inch threaded rod. Buy four nuts that screw onto the threaded rod and some loctite. If you don’t have pliers, hammer or hacksaw, get them now. First insert the threaded rod through the hollow shaft of your motor. Slide a wheel over each end of the axle, adding a little extra space for the width of the nuts. It is better to have a little extra space than too little. Once you have the desired length, mark the cut point with your finger and remove the threaded rod. Thread a nut onto the threaded rod to the point where your finger marks and proceed to cut the threaded rod with a hacksaw. When you are done cutting, unscrew the nut from the freshly cut edge to chase the threads.

Repeat this process for the other wheel. Fit one side with a wheel and nut and feed the threaded rod through the axle. Install the other wheel and nut and check that they fit. Use several washers to stuff the bar to allow the wheels to spin freely, helping them to survive the crash. Once everything is installed, drip some loctite onto the end of the nuts and tighten the nuts securely. Cut the threaded rods flush with the nut, then make two cuts that form an X perpendicular to the rod threads. Hit the X with a hammer to deform the bar threads and keep the skateboard wheels from vibrating loose. Repeat this process for the other wheel. This is just another way to improve your motorcycle experience by making your own parts. The next time you come out in the morning and find someone has knocked over your bike, nothing major will have been damaged, and that’s one less thing to worry about.