Parts for a Motorcycle?

So I have for a while now wanted to build a custom bile for myself, the problem is I don't know where to start. I have never worked on any vehicle in general, let a lone a motorcycle, so I'm not sure where to start.

Now before anyone says "you should start with a bike kit" or something like that

So I have for a while now wanted to build a custom bile for myself, the problem is I don't know where to start. I have never worked on any vehicle in general, let a lone a motorcycle, so I'm not sure where to start.

Now before anyone says "you should start with a bike kit" or something like that (because everything's there and all I would need to do is put it together) I want to build it from scratch, such as buying an engine and a transmission and what not separately, making my own chassis, and all that fun stuff.

Again I have never done anything like this so I was wondering, what parts are there tht I would need? An engine and a transmission are ones I know, but what else is there? What else would I need?

Thanks for the help

Best Answer:

Tyler: if you really want to build a motorcycle from scratch you need to know about a lot of things–tube bending and welding, electrics, engines, what works with what, etc. Most builders gather these skills slowly, over a number of years. If you really want to do that, more power to you! There always seems to be a good market for custom-built bikes. But you're going to be a while, and you're going to spend a LOT of money!

If you just want one bike, and you've never done it before, it's easier to take a finished motorcycle and customize it than to start from the ground up. For your first one anyway.

There are any number of kits you can buy that will take a regular motorcycle like you could buy cheap on Craigslist and turn it into a bike that at least looks custom. Check out Blue Collar Bobbers, for instance.

http://bluecollarbobbers.com/

Other answer:

Tyler:
Most bike builders start with the frame. However, since you don't know what motor you are putting into it, I would suggest you start with the motor and transmission that way you can build the frame so they will fit.

If you are doing your own metal work make sure your welds are perfect, you wouldn't want it to crack apart on a rough road.

rick29148:
First you need to design and have built the frame. Your design doesn't have to be very detailed, because the frame builder knows what specs are needed to get what parts to fit.
Exoplanet:
EZ: Gitcha some chromoly tubing and learn how to make jigs and gas weld. Nuttin to it.
Firestormer:
Wheels.Definitely going to need some wheels.

And a seat

JetDoc:
Here's the perfect bike for you…
chris:
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