of Custom Bike Building
by Lala C. Ballatan
For some motorcycle enthusiasts, their ultimate
dream is to build their very own custom motorcycle.
But most have the dread of having to use up their
life savings and feel overwhelmed by all the details
of putting such project together. Lets say
youre in the process of getting ready to start
your bike building project. Know that a complete
and determined understanding of the great undertaking
youre going to face is what you need to become
undaunted by the practical, if not harsh, realities
of custom bike building.
First of all, you need to consider your financial
status before you begin the whole project. Aside
from the financial point-of-view, you also need
to have a full inkling of all the nitty-gritty details
to be considered. Be very aware that the use of
mismatched, inferior motorcycle parts and improper
assembly techniques can send the cost of your project
Many online resources are offering book manuals
and videos to guide you into making your masterpiece
with less trouble, all in earnest. Just take care
to find the most reliable source that would guarantee
you results with a minimal investment. But here
are several pointers in building your very own killer
Be alert in selecting the proper motorcycle
parts in order that everything works and fits together
as one complete unit. Wise up on used motorcycle
parts and choosing between OEM and aftermarket parts.
Get to know and study the tools you'll be needing
Dont be discouraged easily by the "real
life" assembly roadblocks you'll encounter.
Even the professionals have to deal with these things
at one point of their bike building careers.
Theres a correct procedure for each
phase of your project like "mocking
up" your rolling chassis and properly fitting
and prepping all of your sheet metal parts. This
phase may cost you thousands of dollars if done
Research some tricks for installing front
fork components that prevents damage to your show
Theres a correct way to prepare all
the parts that are being sent out for paint.
Installing brake systems are important and
it would help if you have an idea on what do and
what not to do. Theres also a proper way to
install all of your brake and oil lines.
Know about setting up the proper engine and
transmission alignment. And, how to be careful not
to drive it too hard when installing and setting
up a rear swing arm and shocks!
Installing a correct wiring system is a significant
thing that should not be overlooked.
You must be aware that there is a correct
series of tests that must be performed before running
your new bike down the road.
About The Author
Lala C. Ballatan is a 26 year-old Communication
Arts graduate, with a major in Journalism. Right
after graduating last 1999, she worked for one year
as a clerk then became a Research, Publication and
Documentation Program Director at a non-government
organization, which focuses on the rights, interests
and welfare of workers for about four years.
Book reading has always been her greatest passion
-- mysteries, horrors, psycho-thrillers, historical
documentaries and classics. She got hooked into
it way back when she was but a shy kid.
Her writing prowess began as early as she was 10
years old in girlish diaries. With writing, she
felt freedom to express her viewpoints and
assert it, to bring out all concerns -- imagined
and observed, to bear witness.
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