Helping My Sons Build Kit Motorcycles

by Billy Sloan
(Glencoe Oklahoma)

Starter Motorcycle

Starter Motorcycle

Starter Motorcycle
Completed Bike Build
Second Project Bike
Second Motorcycle Final Build

Hello! I have 2 boys 13 and 23. They wanted to learn street bike riding so we decided to buy 2 motorcycle kits to build.


We built the complete kit with some personal changes, plus a little inventing of the motor mounts, controls and so on. Both my boys learned to weld, do wiring, and a laundry list of other skills I was able to pass on to them, as well as painting

The first picture is of a bike we started with.

The Second picture is the change and the final build.

The third picture is beginning of the second bike.

Fourth picture is the second bike, complete.

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Aug 10, 2013
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Father and Sons
by: Dave

Good deal Doug . That is why the custom trade will never die. Looks to me like your going to have to build one for your self. LOL. So like all of us we get bigger ideas and new ways to draw a crowd. Well done. I am doing a Trike Copper at the time its all most done There is a pic. of it on this site. So good luck on your next build.

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by: Anonymous

Hi, Good to see you passing on your skills, and encouraging your sons to build on them and develop new skills as well. I started out building in the early sixties when choppers started to gain national attention. I think a lot of it started initially with the famous "Saturday Evening Post" magazine picture & article about the Hells Angles and their bikes and grew from there as many of the California based customizers jumped on the band wagon. Back then there were little or no custom parts manufacturers, so about all you could do is modify your exhaust system by welding up sections of car exhaust pipes. Until the Flanders Co. came out with their famous #1 high rise handlebar (the original version of Ape Hangers) most custom handlebars were 7/8ths diameter to fit British bikes (Jap bikes hadn't even caught on here yet) most 1" handlebars were pirated sections of frames from supermarket shopping carts. Been there done that, so welcome to the world of custom building. Doug the Mug

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