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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-13-2011, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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For a bike of the type you are leaning toward,I would go with plan B,there are all kinds of rolling chassis kits for bobbers and customs,choppers ETC. but i have't seen any for tourers or sport tourers.

You could buy a Classic and add what you want,Bags and windshields and all sorts of accessories are available and you could pick and choose how you like it to look.Just throwing out an idea ,the Classics are generally a lot more affordable than the Nomad.Good luck either way.




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I think Big Dog made a nice kit at one time... that was a while back and it seem like it was $14K for the package.
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Ok. thanks. I will look at classics as well.

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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.
Very Respectfully,
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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....


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If you want reliable Touring buy a good bike.

If you want the funn of putting something together and puting your own schwing on it look at the Kiker 5150 Hardnock. Not put my stamp on quality or anything but they come in motor sizes from 125cc to 200cc and are aupposed to have an "on the way" 250 V-Twin.

If you are not familiar, google Kiker 5150
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the 250 has been "coming soon" for a long ass time. I have been wanting a kikker hardknock for a while as a toy to ride to work and have fun with, i heard the quality isnt great but if you know how to weld and do that sort of thing you can beef up all the welds and it should be a good little toy. but i heard some states wont consider them "real" motorcycles because they arent full sized.

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That could be an issue. They don't come with a tittle, so if the state wont recognize them, I guess you can't tittle it.
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This is a nice idea. I've seen the "Factory Five Racing" kits for cars and they look pretty cool and offer great performance for a very good price. If this could come in motorcycle form, it would awesome.

I've thought about designing a frame myself and building something. I have a semi-complete EX500 engine just sitting there... I have a bit of training in CAD also, so I could design before I actually spend money on it... and it certainly seems like I have time right now lol I just finished school and haven't found a job yet.
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Google search "Bike in a Box" there are many options.. but pricing is not what you would expect
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