Learning how to build a motorbike isn’t as difficult as it sounds; however, you’ll want to dedicate a decent amount of time to the project. The payout is well worth it when you can later brag about your custom-built motorbike. If you ever start losing patience during the assembly process, just imagine yourself cruising down the street on your new and flashy motorbike.
To build a motorbike, you will need:
- Motorbike kit
- Socket wrench
- Philips and flathead screwdrivers
- Purchase a motorbike kit. If you’re a relative beginner to the custom-motorbike world, it’s recommended that you purchase a complete bike kit that includes all of the parts you’ll need. Preferably, choose a bike kit in which the frame is sent to you intact with the engine, fuel tank, and rear tire and brakes installed. This may end up being more expensive but it’ll be worthwhile for those who are less experienced in choosing appropriate and high quality motorbike parts. Others who have more experience building motorbikes may purchase a more basic bike kit that they can supplement with parts as required.
- Prepare the space. Keeping in mind that building a motorbike takes more than a day, you’ll need to reserve space for the lengthy venture. Most motorbike builders prefer a corner of the garage where they can leave the bike parts and assembled sections when they’re not constructing. Make sure the area has plenty of lighting so that you don’t lose sight of anything.
- Check the inventory. When you open your motorbike kit, look for the inventory list and make sure every single part is included in your package. If anything’s missing, make sure to contact your retailer and get the kit exchanged. Even the smallest screw is necessary for the whole process.
- Make a plan. Constructing a motorbike from scratch will require a lot of time and patience. Expect the whole project to take around one to three weeks depending on how proficient you are with your tools, and your knowledge of motorbikes and their parts. Plan out when and how long you’ll take to complete each segment of the motorbike based on the instructions below. Be sure to plan in extra time for potential errors.
- Bolt in the handlebars. The handlebars should be hanging from the front part of the frame or otherwise part of the package. Adjust the bolts so that the handlebars can be attached. Tighten depending on your comfort level.
- Set in the front tire. Check that the axle is the appropriately sized by feeding it through the legs. This will also allow you to verify that the legs are aligned. Make the necessary adjustments and then feed in the tire on the axle. You may need to unscrew the brakes so that the tire’s brake disc can fit between the pads. Don’t forget to insert the spacer before you bolt the axle on and tighten it.
- Install the caliper guard. The front brake needs a caliper guard. Remove the bolts on the front tire so that the caliper guard can be installed, and then bolt it in again. Tighten the caliper bolt.
- Insert the fenders. Two mounting bolts need to be removed near the front and back tires so that you can insert the fenders. Work on each fender one by one. Align the fender in its bracket so that it’s straight with its tire. Now, bolt it back into place.
- Fasten the headlights. Your motorcycle’s headlights will each come with a wire that should be grouped with the rest of the wires of your bike. Attach the wire to the chassis. Screw each headlight in appropriately.
- Make sure all of the bolts are tightened. Even though your bike looks like it’s finished, you don’t want to risk having any part come loose when you take it out for its first ride. Be thorough when you examine the entire bike, especially the rear section that was pre-installed. All bolts should be tightened appropriately. Now, fill your fuel tank and take your new motorbike out for a spin!