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How To Buy A Motorcycle: An Inspection Checklist

How To Buy A Motorcycle: An Inspection Checklist

Our resident expert mechanic Matt McLeod reveals what he looks for when buying a used motorcycle. I take a checklist with me when I look at a used bike. I’m never expecting a secondhand bike to be flawless, but I’m looking for problems—and assessing ‘how much’ it will take me to correct these problems, either…

The Skills You Need To Build A Custom Motorcycle

The Skills You Need To Build A Custom Motorcycle

We’ve all been there. You’ve seen this great bike at a show, or online, and you’ve gotta build something like it. You can see yourself hammering down the street on it. You’ve scoured the interwebs and found a bunch of photos of the type of bike you love. Maybe you’ve even narrowed down the make…

New Series: 11 Essential Books For Your Motorcycle Workshop

11 Essential Books For Your Motorcycle Workshop

If you live in a major city, there are probably motorcycle workshop classes near you. But what if you can’t get to a class—or prefer to figure things out in your own garage or shed? This new series on motorcycle building is designed to help you. Every couple of weeks, we’ll have a how-to article…

Looking for a donor? Here's how to buy a motorcycle for your custom project.

Feature: How To Buy A Motorcycle

Adapted from the new book The Build: How the Masters Design Custom Motorcycles by Robert Hoekman Jr., including interviews with some of the most notable builders in the USA. When we talk about how to buy a motorcycle, we really mean “how to find a donor bike.” It’s a nice term, “donor bike”—all full of…

Motorcycle Wiring 101

Joe Tessitore is a strange guy. Most motorcycle builders hate working with motorcycle wiring, but not Joe. It’s his favorite part of the build, and…

Motorcycle restoration: The engine

A motorcycle engine is a thing of beauty: A compact mechanical symphony, engineered with precision. And one of the most satisfying jobs during a motorcycle…

Motorcycle restoration: wheels

Anyone who’s taken on a large-scale motorcycle restoration runs into an “Aw—f*ck” moment at some point. The best-laid plans can unravel, or get held up…

Motorcycle restoration: the frame

In last week’s Saturday Sessions episode David Browning and E3 Motorcycles got their hands dirty with breaking down and reconditioning the Honda CB550. The first…

How to build a Harley cafe racer

A few weeks ago our article How To Build a Cafe Racer struck a chord with many readers. The response was overwhelmingly positive and it…

How to build motorcycles for a living

“Wouldn’t it be great to build motorcycles for a living?” I’m guessing the thought has crossed your mind while working on your own bike. It’s…

How To Build A Scrambler

You’ve searched the web, watched the moody videos, and discovered that your street tires don’t like wet grass. You’ve decided you need a scrambler—but how…