New to building / motorized bikes
I'm new to building motorized bicycles in general and I gained a lot of knowledge through the forums but also have some questions of my own.
I am looking at building my own bike, after not being able to find a schwinn occ stingray like I wanted to locally.
I would like to build a frame similar to the stringray or chopper, but have no idea where to start for measurements, what type of material to make the frame out of (i.e. aluminum, 4130 Tube), Would round stock or sq. tube work better?
As for the motor kits, are the china kits worth it or am I better off making my own?
Is there any good sites for buying the parts that I cannot fabricate, such as tires, rims (one wide for the back tire), chain, tail light, head light ect..
As for lighting, should I use a motorcycle battery and allow the engine to charge it? That way I won't have any issue about not having lights when I run out of batteries / don't have any spare.
I have no issues welding, but what is a good cheap tig welder? The only ones I have used are the larger transformer or small inverter miller machines and they can be expensive if cannot be found used, even used can be expensive.
What material should I use for a custom exhaust? One that wouldn't lose it's chrome or other properties when heated.
I'm only a college kid and a bike would be great to get around town / campus on. It would be a lot cheaper than my truck for the small investment.