Build Your Own Custom Motorcycle
Custom Bike Building Books and Resources

Have you ever dreamed of building your own custom bike?

You've seen the shows on TV where professional bike builders build radical custom Harley choppers like the Discovery Channel's American Chopper and World Biker Build-off.

You've seen the bikes by professional builders like Jesse James, Paul Yaffe, Indian Larry, Billy Lane, Orange County Choppers, and Arlen Ness. These professional builders put together some awesome machines, and their bikes sell for 60, 70, 80 and upwards of 100 thousand dollars.

All of these professional bike builders have clients on waiting lists for years into the future. Why wait for your custom bike when with a little mechanical knowledge, a few tools, and a bit of creativity you can build your own radical custom chopper for a fraction of the cost.

Here are a few custom bike building resources to put you on the path to building your own custom motorcycle from the ground up or from one of the many bike in a box kits available on the market.


Custom Motorcycle Painting Secrets

Custom Paint Secrets

Motorcycle Painting Secrets is a step-by-step guide that shows you the inside secrets, tips, and techniques you need to know to paint your motorcycle successfully.

Quickly learn the secrets that professional custom painters have taken years of trial and error to figure out to paint motorcycles with amazing accuracy and creativity. Find out what materials you need, how to set up, how to start, and how to create stunning works of art even if you've never picked up an airbrush before.

You'll learn everything you need to know to paint your motorcycle like a pro and how to set up your paint shop on a shoestring budget!


Custom Bike Building Books

Bill Lane How to Build Old School Choppers, Bobbers, and Customs

Billy Lane's How to Build Old School Choppers, Bobbers, and Customs by Billy Lane

Billy Lane is the fastest-rising star among the high-profile custom chopper builders, and in this book he offers many of his secrets for building a chopper that will stand out in a crowd. This is the ultimate resource for any chopper builder, a book designed as a step-by-step guide to building any type of custom motorcycle. This book also covers custom-building beyond the chopper genre. Including the building of bobbers, an old-school style of custom that has been revived as a hot trend. Predating choppers, they are on the cutting edge of current biker cool, for real riding, and much safer and more functional than choppers.

Billy Lane's How to Build Old School Choppers, Bobbers, and Customs
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How to Build a Cheap Chopper

How to Build A Cheap Chopper by Tim Remus

Choppers don't have to cost thirty thousand dollars. In fact, a chopper built at home can be had for as little as five thousand dollars. The key is the use of a donor bike for most of the components. How to Build a Cheap Chopper documents the construction of four inexpensive choppers with complete start-to-finish photo sequences. Least expensive is the metric chopper, based on a 1970s vintage Japanese four-cylinder engine and transmission installed in a hardtail frame. Don't look for billet accessories or a fancy candy paint job on this one. Next up, price wise, are two bikes built using Buell/Sportster drivetrains. The fact is, a complete used Buell or Sportster can be had for five thou or less. Now you've got more than an engine you have wheels and tires, brakes, hardware, lights, harness, and some sheet metal. Bolt all that stuff to a simple hardtail frame to create an almost-instant chopper. Most lavish, but still cheap by comparison with many of the bikes built today, is a big twin chopper built from carefully chosen aftermarket parts. A RevTech engine and five-speed tranny set in a Rolling Thunder frame. Accessorize from the swap meet and add a simple one-color paint job to create a bike no one needs to be ashamed of.

How to Build A Cheap Chopper
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How to Build a Kit Bike

How to Build a Kit Bike by Tim Remus

Scratch built motorcycles remain very popular. In order to simplify the process, many companies in the American V-twin aftermarket are selling kits. Three of these companies, Custom Chrome, Arlen Ness and Biker1s Choice, have excellent programs. All offer very complete kits that allow the builder to assemble a complete motorcycle without any additional purchases. All that1s missing is labor and paint. The book will document, with detailed photos and copy, the assembly from beginning to end, of three motorcycles from the firms mentioned above. Because of the technical nature of this book, there will be more images and less copy than in other Wolfgang Publication books. Each sequence will be illustrated by at least 200 images. Approximately 60% of these images will be in color. This book will also contain side-bars on tools and basic assembly techniques, all designed to aid the first time builder.

How to Build a Kit Bike
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Bike Building Tools and Supplies

Build, paint or customize your bike with Eastwood!

The Eastwood Company provides unique motorcycle and automotive specialty tools and supplies, as well as expert advice and solutions, for the custom motorcycle, classic car, and hot rod enthusiast.

Eastwood Company specializes in hard to find and specialty tools. From custom metal fabrication tools, to welding, to jacks and lifts, to paints and specialty coatings, and more.

Huge online catalog of shop tools and equipment, as well as, a large line of painting and powder coating supplies.

At Eastwood you will also find a library of do-it-yourself videos and DVDs on everything from building a custom motorcycle tank to laying out pinstriping to painting custom flames.

Eastwood is a one-stop-shop for both restoration and customization needs.


Bike Kits, Parts, and Accessories

JP Cycles is one of the Internets largest retailers of aftermarket, OEM, and custom motorcycle parts. From complete bike kits, motors, transmissions, and bolt on accessories at JP Cycles you are sure to find everything you need to start or complete your custom bike build or stock bike customization project.

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ChoppersCycle offers over 35,000 aftermarket and custom parts and accessories from some of the top vendors in the industry. From gas tanks and frames, to assembled engines, to complete bike kits the ChoppersCycle catalog has everything a bike builder could possible need for any project.

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