Looking for words of warning from guys who have experience with building motorcycles?
Or at least guys who have torn down and rebuilt a bike or two. To give an idea of my skill level mechanically: I've done all my own mechanical work on every car that I, or my girlfriend(s) have owned over the last 15 years or so. A lot of brake jobs, distributors, thermostats, alternators, starters. I've helped with a couple engine swaps, but I don't think I'm up to doing one on my own. I have this idea that I can build myself a nice little bobber - basically on my own in my apartment. I was thinking I'd get a rolling chassis and put in the guts that I pick out of catalogs. I figure I'll hire someone to wire it, because I have no clue about the electrics. So, please give me a reality check. Your friend, giraffe Please lay down the
Asked By: giraffe - 7/29/2009
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If you want to build a motorcycle, get a kit or a motorcycle in need of TLC. Piecing it together is very expensive if you have nothing to start with.
Answered By: Bubba B - 7/29/2009
it's sort of pointless if you can't do the wiring... what will you do? bolt in an engine, a couple wheels? then what? more trouble than it's worth really...
Answered By: Magz™ AMCNAS leader - 7/29/2009
I don't see why you can't do it.There are books and videos out there to help show you how.Get a couple as they could save you lots of money.I can't begin to tell you how important research is.It's important to find out what will work with what before you just start ordering parts.It's always smart to build the bike and... More
Answered By: Andy - 7/29/2009
Starting from scratch will probably be slow and expensive. I have not built a bike from the ground up, but I have built a couple of race cars, and rebuilt and wired a number of bikes. Figure as a rule of thumb, all your time, and all your money... More
Answered By: Buster Brown - 7/29/2009
everybody else is doing the same thing causing everybody to look for and buying up used parts making parts harder and more expensive to find. prepare to be frustrated finding and paying a lot for the parts you need just scraped a 1981 Honda CME400, cause i couldn't get parts for it
Answered By: Bart S - 7/29/2009
You wanted a reality check, so here it comes... More
Answered By: strech - 7/29/2009
The bikes I've built needed machining, lathe work and welding and cutting tools like chop saws tig welding and angle grinders and torches for bending metal. The only thing I could have done in an apartment is the wiring. I always try to use high quality oem parts on my bikes so custom mounts are standard on everything... More
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