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The Hunt for the Best Custom Motorcycles

Jul 12, 2008
In the late 90s and early 00s, custom motorcycles hit the mainstream. Custom builders like Orange County Choppers and West Coast Choppers were featured on television and became status symbols for a multitude of riders across the globe. Bikes built by these experts cost tens of thousands of dollars and were a rider's pride and joy. Unfortunately, most riders can't afford custom motorcycles built by one of the big names, and, besides, the waiting list is longer than the trip from Sturgis to Little Sturgis. The upside is that many custom motorcycle builders have sprung up from the dry well and can offer you the same quality for much less.

When you're searching for the right custom motorcycle builder, there are a few things you'll need to remember. If you're looking for serious power, check out some of the builder's previous work. A good custom drivetrain package contains the engine, transmission, starter and belt drive that will give your bike all the power you need. The drivetrain comes in different colors and styles, though black, silver or natural are most common. A natural finish means that the metal looks exactly as it appears when cast. Make sure that the builder specializes in the drivetrain package you choose.

Another factor to consider is the kind of gas tank that the builder can offer you. Builders are usually more knowledgeable in the workings and design of certain types of gas tanks than others. If you need a stretch tank, you'll have no trouble finding a custom motorcycle builder, since stretch tanks are one of the most popular styles. An expert in hybrid tanks may be a bit harder to find.

If you're really lucky, you'll find a builder that can produce a great tank from scratch, giving your ride a completely unique appearance. The gas tank is one of the most important components of your bike, and you may want to stick with an old rule: bigger is better. More room in the tank means less stopping at gas stations.

A builder with the ability or connections to give you a great paint job is essential. Whether or not the builder can actually paint, he should have someone he works with or can recommend to you. Traditional flames should be no trouble, but finding someone to give you a design far off the beaten path will take some hunting. Skulls are another traditional option, whether they're the ghost of Davy Jones or the Grim Reaper himself. If you want a roaring lion or an eagle on the prowl for its prey, make sure that your builder can provide the paint job you want. Maybe you want something a bit more subtle. In that case, a cool wash of color or a variation on a familiar logo may be what you're after. Again, check with your prospective custom motorcycle builder to see what he can offer.

With some luck and a bit of homework, you'll have the custom motorcycle that's the envy of your riding buddies. Take care of it, make sure it's as clean as the day you first took it home, and always ride responsibly.
About the Author
Texas Custom Choppers builds custom motorcycles and offers custom motorcycle paint jobs, as well as, Harley customizations.
Find out how you can build the custom motorcycle of your dreams at TexasCustomChoppers.biz
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