The Big Picture
While most accessories can be installed by anyone with the sense to pour water out of a boot, there are always a few tips that'll make things easier. For starters, instructions are your friend, so invite them in and offer them a drink before you start spinning wrenches. If none are included, don't panic; most manufacturers also have an online version that you can print out without much effort. Once you have an understanding of what the project will entail, take the time to lay out all the pieces and compare them to the parts list. If there's a lot of hardware present, find yourself a ruler. I'm pretty good at determining the diameter of a bolt but not so good at determining its length, and that can be an issue, especially when a 45mm bolt goes on one side, and a crash bar and a 50mm on the other. When I ran a dealership service department, I once witnessed a very good tech winding a crash bar bolt right through a new crankcase because the bolt was 1/4 of an inch longer than it was supposed to be. That little episode cost over a grand to repair, and nearly had the mechanic, as well as the bike's owner and myself, in tears.