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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-05-2007, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Want to build my own bike, need a bit of guidance

I would like to build my own custom sportbike at some point in the not too distant future. I know quite a bit about dirtbikes but I'm just getting into street/sportbikes and so i need to start learning about what parts make up a bike other than the obvious basics. Does anyone know of any good maintenance manuals etc that throughly covers all the parts included in most modern sportbikes including stuff like ecu tuning/programing etc.

My project is likely a long way off since I'm just soon going to get my first street bike and it'll be my learning tool for probably the next 2-3 yrs but i want to start learning as much as i can in every way possible.. Any direction towards books, magazines, or internet sites would be really helpful, the more technical the better.

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I would like to build my own custom sportbike at some point in the not too distant future. I know quite a bit about dirtbikes but I'm just getting into street/sportbikes and so i need to start learning about what parts make up a bike other than the obvious basics. Does anyone know of any good maintenance manuals etc that throughly covers all the parts included in most modern sportbikes including stuff like ecu tuning/programing etc.

My project is likely a long way off since I'm just soon going to get my first street bike and it'll be my learning tool for probably the next 2-3 yrs but i want to start learning as much as i can in every way possible.. Any direction towards books, magazines, or internet sites would be really helpful, the more technical the better.

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for breakdown of areas of the bike you can try www.ronayers.com and go to parts selection tab and you can click on areas of the bike and get a breakdown listing part numbers and all.
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u should see if you can take some sort of classes, especially if you want to get into the electric part of street bikes
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-07-2007, 06:25 PM
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This is something you just want to tackle on a whim. So thought should go into it.

Now if you just want to take a stock sportbike and stretch it, and customize it. But to do a frame up would be a LARGE under taking.




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I suppose if you can fabricate choppers why not a sport bike.
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If you can do either you could do the other. But he didn't state he could do either or has done either.




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If you can do either you could do the other. But he didn't state he could do either or has done either.
not something to be undertaken on a whim. You should take some courses at the local tech college, or school here has courses in racecar rollcage and body fabrication. some classes like that would be perfect in teaching you what you need to know plus give you acsess to the kinds of tools you would need.
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not something to be undertaken on a whim. You should take some courses at the local tech college, or school here has courses in racecar rollcage and body fabrication. some classes like that would be perfect in teaching you what you need to know plus give you acsess to the kinds of tools you would need.
I agree. I am a mechanic and I would think twice about building a sport bike frame up. A chopper sure, it will only do 75 -100 mph but a sport bike takes way more punishment. But hey there is only one way to know for sure if you can do it or not man, go for it.
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My suggestion for your first attempt would be to build a "parts bin" special.

Find an old frame from something fast (old GP bike perhaps), preferably with swingarm and linkages. Find a good motor (Something simple but effective, a big single or twin, Not FI), Make it fit (you'll have to make brackets, etc). Get the best forks and shocks you can find. Make linkages and a custom triple clamp to fit. Get some good, suitable wheels (If you're able, go Marchesini, Marvic or similar. Get some good brakes, either go custom, or find some second hand Brembos or similar. Custom design the pipe (easier on a 4 stroke), Custom design the fairings, ducktail, etc to suit your build, the pipe design, etc.
Custom design/make your rearsets, shift linkages, clipons, pipe brackets, fairing mounts, etc

Building a track day bike is a lot easier than a street bike (I don't know how you go about roadworthys, compliance in the US. It may not be an issue) Get aftermarket indicators, brake lights, etc (if necessary), Make them fit.

Become very good friends with someone who has a mill, lathe and grinder in his workshop. Spend more time designing brackets, triple clamps, clipons, etc, and get someone else to make them to your spec (Until/Unless you are capable of doing it yourself)

Use the best materials you can get your hands on. Chrome Moly tubing for pegs, bars, axles, etc. Heaps of carbon fibre (find the Mythbusters episode where they make the flying backpack. Jamie makes the rotor shrouds in foam, and covers them in Carbon Fibre. Looks Tops, light as....... a really light thing!).


This way, you'll learn quickly what needs to be done, and the mistakes you make will be less costly. You'll still have a one-off machine, that'll suprise people with it's speed and agility.

Good luck. Post regular reports. it'll make good reading, and we might be able to help along the way.


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Search in google rootbeer inferno, that is a sick nasty sport bike built from ground up using a rc51 motor.


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Was that bike in cycle world? If so that was hella tight
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Yeah, as soon as i got it in the mail im like "yo pops check this chit out its a number 8 Mcnasty with sussage egg and cheese"
and hes like.. "yeah i know that paint job is off da hook up in dis hiznatch"


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Yeah, as soon as i got it in the mail im like "yo pops check this chit out its a number 8 Mcnasty with sussage egg and cheese"
and hes like.. "yeah i know that paint job is off da hook up in dis hiznatch"
I'm lost... but that bike was ( . Y . )...
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