Knowledge is Power!



Custom Bike and Chopper Building Class

Our HANDS ON, 1-weekend class is taught by professional motorcycle builders and shows you everything you need to know to build a custom motorcycle from the ground up. Learn to choose the correct components when building the machine of your dreams. Everything you need to know to build a custom motorcycle is included in this unique offering! Get on our mailing list today to find out how you can have this class at your location!

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Local 652 Union Hall, Lansing MI

Some of the bikes we bring to the class!


The Textbook:

This book is designed to help you build your own chopper. Twelve chapters cover history, frames, chassis components, wheels and tires, engine options, drivetrains, wiring, sheet metal and hardware. Included are the assembly sequences photographed in the Arlen Ness, Donnie Smith and American Thunder shops.

Course Content:

This class was developed in conjunction with highly experienced Master Mechanics, with many years of experience working on custom-built motorcycles. This class focuses on how to build a custom or chopper motorcycle for enthusiasts with a minimum of mechanical experience.

Find out the real secrets of building custom bikes and choppers on a budget. You will find this class to be invaluable, whether you choose the components yourself using a donor bike for parts, use all new aftermarket components of your choice, or assemble a "bike-in-a-box" kit. You will learn about the bike build process from mockup through final assembly, and how to perform all the critical procedures necessary to assemble a custom bike.

Course content includes the following plus a lot more info:
Planning Your Build
Frame types and options
Engines, primaries and transmissions
Modifying an existing frame
What parts are compatible and which are not
How to Calculate Rake & Trail for safe handling
Hydraulic fork operation and rebuilding
Transmission installation and adjustment
Oil tanks inside and out
Complete bike mockup
Install swing arm bearings and swing arm
Belt and chain drives for primary and final drives
Fender mounting
Electrical considerations and wiring
Clutch operation, installation and adjustment
License, title and insurance issues for custom bikes

S&S Bobber Build - GM Toledo

Electrical demonstrator shows how to wire a complete custom yourself

Shreveport Assembly Plant

Below are selected photos from some of our classes:

Getting ready to install the primary


Rebuilding hydraulic forks is something almost everyone can use (unless you have a springer)

We have 2 transmission cutaway tables with various drive options (belt/belt, belt/chain)

Mockup is complete on the red bike

The silver Hardcore bike is finished and ready to ride (almost)

GM Toledo

GM Tonawanda Engine Plant

GM Willow Run Transmission Plant

Finally a student big enough to reach the handlebars on the green bike!


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