Im definitely not trying to open up any cans of whoopass here alrite!
Was just thinkin about this whole DIY budget thing etc that became such an issue in recent goings on.
More specifically I was thinking about my own bike.
Now im not a CTFS kinda guy, I dont class myself as a mechanic (but i like to have a go), I dont weld, but I used to be a tradesperson(albeit with wood) & Im not a total idiot.
Anyway...I realized that my bike is not necessarily big budget or all made up of bolt on parts.
For a start, it's an 883 sportster, the most budget harley there is.
I didnt buy it new, I looked for quite some time to find a bargain.
The sprung solo seat was cheap. I hunted for a bargain. I had to take it completely apart and put new rear studs at the right distance apart(got them welded in for 10 bucks) & then put it all back together again.
The shocks are cheap 2nd hand aftermarket big twin and need spacers to fit. The top shock covers didnt fit, so my metalworker mate in Massey trimmed them for me.
The speedo has the xena mod which I did with stainless pipe(free from a mate) and a pipe cutter(loaned from the same mate).
I had to rewire the indicators because I took the rear fender chrome struts off.
To lower the front fender I had to straighten the offset in the brackets in a cheap warehouse vice (that i have setup outside mounted on an old set of drawers) and then drill new holes.
Every part i got, I combed around the place to get the cheapest version I could get.
Now, i know that's NOT making everything yourself, and i know these things may seem very basic, but...the point is, I had an idea of what I wanted to do and it was done on the budget that I had. And Im just feeling my way along.
Everyone has their own budget - big or small or medium. When I was younger or at different points in my life I was happy to just ride any
And if you can build your own dream bike (or bikes) then that's brilliant!
Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh. I feel better now. I think I just needed to get that off my chest.