Just wondering if there are kits or some type for someone that would like to just build a bike? I am meaning mostly where you buy the parts and put it all together...maybe saving money in the process. Is there someplace that specializes in it? I would like to build a simple bike with decent engine and eliminate all the fluff. But, I want to tour with it.
Or should I just say screw it and buy a Nomad or Honda ST.
I'll tell you from experiance, you won't save any money building it yourself....compared to just buying a new model off the showroom.
Sure, you can find a used "something", search ebay and junkyards for parts, and build yourself something cool looking...but it won't work better than a new bike, and will, even if it looks cool, still be a used bike.
You can also spend money on custom parts, paint, top line brakes and brake lines, lighting, chroming, etc...but you just end up spending more...and still basicly have a used bike.
True custom bikes that are built from the frame up can be made cheap...but most that start it end up pouring more $$$$ into it than they planned, and it is still a just a used bike...but now likely a single purpose one.
It is fun to do...you'll of course need to have two bikes, one you are building , and one to ride. So...the money again likely better spent on one really nice bike than two used ones.
I have a project bike of my own...have not worked on it for a several years, just lack the funds....but someday....