Building Custom Motorcycles: 10 Tips

If building a motorcycle, you will want to read these "Building Custom Motorcycles: 10 Tips" before moving forward. Nothing can be more satisfying or more frustrating than the task of building custom motorcycles, as these ten tips may reveal. It takes a lot of work and time, but it may just be a challenge you’d like to accept. If you feel you’re up to it, then these tips may serve you well. Look them over and see if you are up to the challenge. You most likely are.

  1. When considering the size of a bike when building custom motorcycles, keep in mind that the larger the engine, the larger the bike itself will need to be. This can involve more expense and more time, something you might want to think about when considering your budget and time constraints.
  2. Building custom motorcycles can be done for several purposes. These include racing and using them as an alternate means of transportation. If you are building custom motorcycles for the latter reason, you will want to factor in such things as more safety, which can include more durable frame and chassis material, and a larger size-for comfort and safety, as it will be easier to ride for longer distances and may be able to absorb impact better than a smaller, more lightweight motorcycle.
  3. When building custom motorcycles, you will have to choose between a hardtail and softail chassis. A hardtail chassis has a one-piece design while a softail chassis is built from two separate pieces. The two-piece design may require a little more labor and expense, and may be a little harder to build. But, if that’s what you want, don’t let that discourage you.
  4. Many people who are considering or already involved in building custom motorcycles often design them to hold only one person. This may make construction a little easier, but will not allow for carrying any passengers, something you will want to think about.
  5. Further, for some people who are into building custom motorcycles, doing so means one literally builds it from “scratch”. If this how you feel, some shops actually have individual parts they can sell to you or will make them for you, to your specifications, making it still your bike. If, however, you feel that a bike kit still counts as an actual building process, then by all means take that route.
  6. Building custom motorcycles requires certain tools. If this is your first attempt, or you don’t see yourself doing this very often, you may be able to rent or borrow the tools you need. This can save you a great deal of money, plus you don’t have to worry about a place to store the tools after you are finished.
  7. Welding is often a part of building custom motorcycles. Can you perform this task, or will you need to get an experienced welder to help you? If you must get someone else to do it, you may have to pay that person, so keep this in mind when figuring your expenses.
  8. A suitable area that is weather-protected and big enough to accommodate the parts and tools is a must when building custom motorcycles. If you don’t have that space, you might want to consider renting a place.
  9. Some cities, counties, or states require that municipal or state codes be met in order to operate a custom-built motorcycle on the street. You will need to check into this, and it’s best to do so before starting the process.
  10. Ask yourself honestly if you have the time and money to invest in building custom motorcycles. It is going to take a lot of work, and while shopping around for the best prices on parts and accessories can help save some money, there will still be some expense involved.
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