Thinking about building a motorcycle on your own? Nothing beats the feeling of excitement when you start to the momentum of crafting something, most especially when you are mechanically inclined. If you’re not, then you probably won’t find it that easy. It may sound challenging at first; however, the process will slowly grow on you.
Before taking a step in making a motorcycle, ask yourself whether you have enough resources, time and money for the construction. You need all three if you want to succeed. Take time looking around for the tools, equipment, parts and accessories that you think are necessary for building a customized motorcycle. If you think that you have what it takes, you can start saving for it.
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To make everything easy for beginners, here are some tips on how to successfully customize a motorcycle.
- Define the purpose.
Do you want to have a motorcycle for transportation purposes or for racing activities? Make sure you know where you’ll use your motorcycle so you can customize it accordingly and choose the appropriate materials to buy. This will serve as your guide for the decisions you have to make later on.
- Create a design.
If you don’t have any idea for your motorcycle, you can ask folks for some advice. Go to craftsmen who know the trade. There are many suggestions you can get from people and the internet. Some of these ideas clash. What’s important is what you think is right. After all, it is your motorcycle. When you find your inspiration, make your own design. This will become the starting piece of your output.
- Plan for the materials you will buy.
Your materials will depend on your bike’s purpose. Prioritize the parts that you really need. Examples of bike parts you may use are air filters, brake pads, clutch plates, engine gasket, sprocket, rectifier, and bike stands. Also choose an engine that fits the design you planned for your motorcycle. List all the things you need to buy in one paper so shopping for them is easier.
- Verify the source of bike parts.
Be wise on validating the bike parts you are going to use. Think about how durable they are. Those that last long are the best choice. Moreover, think about your budget. You can search for the right engine in different shops and compare their qualities and prices. Purchase the ones that fit your needs.
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- Welding is a necessity.
In constructing your own motorcycle, you may need some wielding skills. If you know how, you have no problem in finishing your motorcycle. If you don’t you have two choices— study or hire someone who can do it for you. Choosing the latter may mean that you spend some more money.
- Paint it.
This time, your creativity will be showcased. It might be a little tricky though because it requires right equipment to do it by yourself. If you want to have quality output, you can study how to paint a motorcycle like a pro. However, if you want to save time, you can also hire a professional painter and show him your design.
- Follow government requirements.
Do you meet the requirements set by your state? There are provisions of law that limit the codes in customizing motorcycles for transportation, road trip, and even for racing contests. Following the government rules and policies will save you a lot of trouble in the future.
It is easy to give up in the middle of the construction, especially if you do not have enough drive to finish what you started. In the end, you might think of getting a good mechanic, instead of doing it by yourself. If this happens, try to remember why you started to customize your own bike in the first place. Get your drive from it. When you get to the finish line and see the output of your hard work, you will not regret the decision you made.