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Old 03-31-2012, 11:34 AM
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Default Re: Kit builder or fabricator.......which type are you?

Originally Posted by Venice Motor Bikes View Post
I voted 'both'... The majority of what I do every day is installing kits onto bicycles for people who don't have a lot of money to spend... But even then, there's a lot of extra work that goes into those bikes to make them reliable that people don't think about, like beveling the sides of the rear sprocket, making shims & engine mounts to properly install the engine & customizing the exhaust pipes (that always seem to be in the way of the frame or pedals).

Then you get into the $2000+ bikes... I have to start from a old 1950s frame & build up from there. I have to reweld the fork, relace the wheels with better hubs, build a full custom fitting expansion pipe, disassemble & port the engine... & the list goes on. For some reason, even though I build BTR bikes that look similar, they never bolt together the same way. :/

I'm so busy building regular bikes these days that I don't have any time to build the full custom choppers that I used to... I think I'm going to have to hire someone to help out in the shop pretty soon. Anyone need a part time job?
...****, IF I COULD FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO WITH MY MORTGAGE HERE, I'D ALREADY BE AT YOUR GARAGE DOOR, TOOLBOX IN Hand.....I seem to spend WAY more time building bikes lately than I do tattooing, just need to figure out how to profit instead of being the coolest broke guy in town!
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