Check out Exile Cycles. They offer 'kit' versions of everything they
sell. You can get just a frame, a rolling chassis in one crate and
the mechanicals in another, or a fully assembled and painted ride.
I happen to think their stuff is exceptional. Tons of style,
and 'clean' to the point of looking sanitary. It is pricey, but seems
straight forward as far as the build goes.
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> A kit can be a great way to go, but as mentioned, it is limited to
> what the kit manufacturer includes. If you want the experience of
> putting a bike together, more for the experience than the bike
> itself, or if you know little or nothing about the mechanics of
> motorcycles, this would be the best way to go. Everything is
> included, and should fit (if it doesn't, you know to whom to
> complain), so you can concentrate on the build, and gaining the
> confidence, instead of worrying about which parts you need for your
> aplication, etc.
> If you know quite a bit about bikes, you would probably be better
> piecing the bike out yourself. Most likely cheaper, and you get the
> parts you want, not what someone else wants you to have. A lot more
> unknowns here, but you will most likely get the bike you wnat out
> the deal
> There is a book, "How to build a cheap chopper", by Timothy Remus
> (item # 137208AE at www.motorbooks.com) that looks to address
> the "donor bike" type of build. Motorbooks has other books on
> choppers, and I'm sure you can find something at Barnes and Noble
> (www.bn.com), or Amazon.com
> I would also recommend subscribing to a motorcycle mag that
> the style you like best. I get Easyriders, Hot Bike, Street
> and V-Twin. All have good articles on various aspects of
> building/working on bikes.
> Once I can afford to get into the V-twin world, I would most likely
> put together a kit for the first bike, and them maybe call one of
> bigger suppliers and order the parts I want, using their tech to
> everything I need, for the second bike. From there, I would
> have the tools and confidence to do one "solo", but then I've been
> monkeying around with cars most my life, and have pretty good
> mechanical aptitude. I just need to learn the pecularities of
> motorcycles better, before I jump off the deep end.
> Good luck and keep up posted as to your progress...
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "curttp" <tcurt@k...> wrote:
> > I've been riding for over 30 years, and now looking to
> > am really thinking about starting to learn how to build my own
> > thought I would start with one of the Bikes in a Box kits. anyone
> > know anything about them and want to share any insight.
> > Thanks
> > Tim