How to Build a Bobber on a Budget

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MBI Publishing Company, Feb 15, 2008 - Transportation - 160 pages
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In the old days all a person needed to build a killer custom motorcycle was a bike, a set of tools, a little know-how, and a creative vision. But with the rise of the high-dollar, haute moteur Gucci choppers, the true custom bike has gotten out of most riders’ reach, right?

 

Dead wrong. In this book Jose de Miguel, a custom builder from way back, sets out to prove that those good old days never ended. In the clearest and simplest terms, he shows readers how they can turn odds and ends found around the shop into one-off motorcycle parts--and make a cheap, run-of-the mill custom build into a drop-dead show stopper. Following de Miguel’s lead, along with his straightforward illustrations, any resourceful owner with rudimentary mechanical skills, a basic tool kit, and--most importantly--a modicum of imagination can build the bobber of his dreams for less than the price of a new bike.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
7
CHAPTER 1 BEFORE YOU START
10
CHAPTER 2 GETTING STARTED
23
CHAPTER 3 SHEET METAL
51
CHAPTER 4 ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
62
CHAPTER 5 PREASSEMBLY MOCKUP
78
CHAPTER 6 DISASSEMBLY
100
CHAPTER 7 PAINT
122
CHAPTER 8 FINAL ASSEMBLY
134
CHAPTER 9 READY TO START
152
APPENDIX
157
INDEX
158
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
162
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Former professional race car driver Jose de Miguel began building custom motorcycles in his home town of San Juan, Puerto Rico from necessity. In San Juan a rider had to build his own custom bike because there were no custom shops at the time. Today he runs the thriving Caribbean Custom Motorcycle shop in San Juan, but he still relies on the resourcefulness and creativity that made his early builds possible.

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