How To Build Your Own Custom Motorcycle

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If you’ve got an idea of what kind of motorcycle you want to build, the next step is to create a CAD model. This will help you visualize the end product and make sure your design is viable before committing any resources. The following sections will walk you through 3D modeling techniques using SolidWorks software and CNC milling—the two most common methods used by motorcycle builders today.  Meat Hook ape hangers 

3D Modeling

3D modeling is the process of creating a three-dimensional image of an object. 3D models are used in many fields, including computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering, film and video game development, medical imaging, bioengineering and many more.

The software you choose will depend on what type of project you are planning on doing. Some popular choices include Blender and Maya (both open source), Solidworks (commercial) or AutoCAD (commercial).


SolidWorks is a CAD software that allows you to create 3D models of your bike, parts for the bike and even the entire bike itself. It’s a very powerful tool and there are many different ways to use it.

If you have never used a 3D modeling program before, don’t worry! It’s not difficult at all–you just need some time and patience to learn how everything works together.

CNC Milling

CNC milling is the process of removing material from a workpiece by means of a computer-controlled milling machine. Milling machines are used to cut parts out of raw materials, and the milling process uses three axes of motion: X (left-right), Y (back-forth) and Z (up-down).

Milling can be performed as either subtractive or additive manufacturing processes. In subtractive manufacturing, material is removed from an existing block or part to create what you want; this is also known as “parting off” because you’re taking away pieces from an existing piece. Examples include cutting out pieces for your bike frame with a bench grinder or using a lathe to turn down stock aluminum bars into custom handlebars. Additive manufacturing involves laying down layers upon layers until you have built up your desired shape; examples include 3D printing plastic parts or creating new motorcycle engines by pouring molten metal into molds carved out by CNC mills

Custom Motorcycle Part Fabrication

Custom motorcycle part fabrication is a specialty in which you can take pride. It’s an art form that requires skill, patience and mastery of tools and techniques.

It’s important to use 3D modeling software early on in the design process so that you can make sure your parts fit together properly before committing them to metal or plastic.

CNC milling machines allow for precise cutting of complex shapes out of metal or plastic, which saves time over hand-cutting every piece individually by hand (although this also has its place).


You can build your own custom motorcycle.

  • You don’t have to be an expert mechanic or fabricator, but you should be able to follow instructions and read a schematic diagram. If you have experience working with tools, then this is the perfect project for you!
  • It’s possible for even beginners to complete this build in a few months if they are dedicated enough.


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