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So where does that leave Average Joes like you and me? Actually, I donít think we are too badly off; in fact if you want to build a custom bike, it has probably never been easier. Hereís my take on itÖ.
Education There is an unbelievable amount of information for guys who want to start down road to custom bike building. Videos, books websites, all of them help to flatten learning curve for a novice. Most of material out there relates to motorcycle kits, and for beginner, building a motorcycle kit is definitely best way to go if you want to get real hands on experience. After that there are motorcycle maintenance courses, which again will allow you to get up to speed as fast as possible in your quest to become next Arlen Ness!
Facilities To put together a shop like ones you see on television costs thousands of dollars. But you donít need all that stuff if you start with a motorcycle kit. Motorcycle kits can be put together with some pretty basic tools, providing they are of good quality. Two things that are an absolute must in my opinion though are a torque wrench and a basic lift. With these two tools, you can tighten motorcycle kits fittings correctly, and not break your back while you are doing it!
Desire Well this is one area where you can match pros, no question. If you really want to be a custom bike builder, start doing it for fun and put your motorcycle kit together.
We canít all be Billy Lane, Eddie Trotta or Russell Mitchell, but we can have a lot of fun trying!
Copyright Michael Holmes 2005 Permission is granted to reproduce this article provided a live link is provided to http://www.motorcycleparts-accessories-andmore.com
Michael Holmes is a enthusiast for all thing motorcycle. His website, http://www.motorcycleparts-accessories-andmore.com, is a great resource of articles aimed at motorcyclists of all levels.