Building your own bike from motorcycle parts is
Your first bike project can be a daunting task even if you’ve done repairs or
How to Build a Kit Bike
Custom bike kits are a great choice for your first chopper. In this book by Tim Remus, you get a complete inventory of motorcycle parts so you don’t have to worry about missing something or making sure different pieces match up. All you have to do is put it all together and paint it.
This book illustrates step-by-step the construction of four kit bikes. And “illustrates” is the right word because this book is packed with pictures that let you see how every step is going to progress. It includes advice on tools and techniques that are invaluable for a first project.
Although it is a good introduction and overview, some of the information is a bit superficial. It’s a good start but not useful for anyone who has already built a bike. It’s no replacement for getting down and dirty with motorcycle parts. You’ll still make some mistakes, but you’ll make a lot fewer after reading this book.
Like the book above, this book by Tim Remus carefully illustrates the build of 5 bikes. However these aren’t kit bikes but rather bikes built from parts.
Most of the builds involve getting
Like Remus’s other book, this one provides a solid foundation to the new bike builder but is no substitute for experience. It’s a basic how-to manual that educates you on the basic concepts.
How to Paint Your Motorcycle
Once you assemble your motorcycle parts into a bad ass street machine you still need to paint it. You could take it to a paint shop, but then you could have just bought a new bike.
In this book, JoAnn Bortles shows you how to give your bike a professional paint job. She draws on her own extensive experience and is free with stories of personal mistakes. The book has a great conversational tone that makes it fun to read. It’s a comprehensive reference of techniques from basic preparation to elaborate bodywork.
Whether you want just a quick coating of black or you want to try your hand at painting flaming skulls, or even if you just want a good read while waiting for the pros to paint your bike, this is a great addition to any bike builder’s library.