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Old 06-28-2015, 11:33 AM   #1
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Has anyone built a motorcycle from the ground up? How was it? Right now I'm between building a cafe racer or a stunt bike.
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Old 06-28-2015, 12:54 PM   #2
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Depends on how you define "from the ground up".
I've started with a solid bike, stripped it down and rebuilt it the way I wanted it.

First you gotta decide what the finished product is gonna be. Then you need to decide what you want to start with.
After you figure what will be the starting bike, you need to do a lot of research.
How much is the budget for the build, identify sources for parts, find a forum that discusses the bike in question. Look for trouble areas and read about the fixes.

Are you wanting to start with a more or less pristine bike or is a roached out hulk ok?
Think about fuel tanks. Are you willing to deal with rust?
Demand a clear title. That will save you money and countless headaches in the long run.
Carbed or injected? 4 cylinders or 2? or 1?
Shop around for a long time before you buy. Dont fall in love with anything. Be flexible with your desires and how you are going to get to where you want to go.

Front end swap for better forks and brakes?

The list goes on and on. It's all doable, it just takes time and money.
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:04 PM   #5
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I just read an article about how everybody should build a bike from the ground once. Very nice might have to come to you when I decide. Right now I'm still debating stunt bike or cafe racer.
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My 1st build was a wrecked 2003 GSXR600. It was a complete rebuild. I bought the bike from a public auction at an impound yard for $120, invested $2,500, and sold it for $4,400. It was the 1st time I have ever bought something to make money on and it worked out like I planned... I have not been able to do it again. Things have changed so much since then and rebuilt titles are heavily frowned on nowadays.
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I've built two from totalled bikes and piles of parts.
All depends on if you are trying to make it back to stock or totally adapting bits from other bikes. Need to be pretty good mechanically and a decent fabricator.
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I just read an article about how everybody should build a bike from the ground once. Very nice might have to come to you when I decide. Right now I'm still debating stunt bike or cafe racer.
Throw that article in the trash
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Throw that article in the trash
Lol I've seen the countless project bikes on craiglist seems alot of people don't finish.
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Lol I've seen the countless project bikes on craiglist seems alot of people don't finish.
I have a 1960'ish Tote Gote in my garage... I bought it as a project and swore up and down that I was going to have it rebuilt in 6 months.

It's been there for a year and a half now
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This whole "Built not Bought" movement is a crock a shiite. Nobody, even the most dedicated custom builder on earth, builds a bike from the ground up. There is gonna be plenty of parts that are bought or otherwise prepped by somebody else. Most custom builders are more-or-less fabricator/assemblers. This "Built" thing is just a marketing spiel to promote their business model.

Very little of what I see custom built is anything close to "original" or "innovative". Most regurgitate the same old well-vomited themes. If it isn't a long bike, it's a bobber. Then there are all the cafe rancor... excuse me, cafe racers. Not to mention perfectly good vintage Japanese bikes butchered into franken-godzillas.

Enough already. Restore a barnyard find back to it's former glory, if you must. Or performance modify with more HP or better suspenders to you heart's content. Just don't delude yourself with the grandeur of "building a bike from scratch".
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This whole "Built not Bought" movement is a crock a shiite. Nobody, even the most dedicated custom builder on earth, builds a bike from the ground up. There is gonna be plenty of parts that are bought or otherwise prepped by somebody else. Most custom builders are more-or-less fabricator/assemblers. This "Built" thing is just a marketing spiel to promote their business model.

Very little of what I see custom built is anything close to "original" or "innovative". Most regurgitate the same old well-vomited themes. If it isn't a long bike, it's a bobber. Then there are all the cafe rancor... excuse me, cafe racers. Not to mention perfectly good vintage Japanese bikes butchered into franken-godzillas.

Enough already. Restore a barnyard find back to it's former glory, if you must. Or performance modify with more HP or better suspenders to you heart's content. Just don't delude yourself with the grandeur of "building a bike from scratch".
Lol hhmm. Well that is true. I was looking at the Ryca kits.
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Why go through all of that.. and then put a 2 bros exhaust on that thing
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SUCH A SICK BUIL.... wait is that dudebros exhaust...?
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hahaha my thoughts exactly.

SUCH A SICK BUIL.... wait is that dudebros exhaust...?
Probably because it was something he had laying around in his workshop. In reality though, a can is pretty much a can. Piece of perforated pipe with fiberglass packing wrapped around it stuffed in a can. Not like you have the hardcore fluid dynamics engineering going on when you build the rest of the exhaust from scratch from bare pipe.
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Probably because it was something he had laying around in his workshop. In reality though, a can is pretty much a can. Piece of perforated pipe with fiberglass packing wrapped around it stuffed in a can. Not like you have the hardcore fluid dynamics engineering going on when you build the rest of the exhaust from scratch from bare pipe.
Except I don't see people posting up pics of their akra/scorpion/m4/Leo Vince/arrow/graves/Austin racing/racefit/etc. exhaust catching their bike on fire..

Seriously, it's not like it's the cheapest exhaust option for your buddy, so stop making excuses for him and tell him to upgrade his bike with a legitimate exhaust.

It would make the bike look about 1,000,000x better too, except to those that hang out at Starbucks with their bikes
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