There are more than a few people who love motorcycles, and indeed, these people tend to form clubs, celebrating their admiration for the machines and love for the thrill of the ride. So why do they package these motorcycles into complete motorcycle kits like some geek or nerd’s toy? Well, you have to admit that there is a visceral appeal, a deep-down feeling of wanting to build something from the ground up. “From box to blacktop” probably makes more sense since it is a vehicle to be constructed. Of course, building from total scratch is not achievable for most of us, since motorcycles are precision products. Imagine having to melt metals, make casts, and build a motorcycle engine on your own. No, these kits take the hardest parts out of the deal, and leave you with something that is challenging but not too hard, but will still give you a sense of satisfaction when you finish. This may not appeal to everyone, but there are those that feel best using something they built with their own hands. Perhaps a little background on the whole thing would help to explain why packing the motorcycle in pieces makes a certain sense.
Complete Motorcycle Kits – Fade In
Complete motorcycle kits are a result of several technological advances and innovations, as well as a few historical milestones. The need for cheap, personal transportation led to the invention of the bicycle. It was quiet, required no power other than what the rider would provide, and cost far less than a car. They just did not go very fast, and people got weary of having to push their own pedals. Next, someone thought of attaching an engine to the drive train. Eventually, these motorized bicycles developed into motorcycles. At that point though, the vehicles were still constructed in factories and sold as-is. The great revolution of mass production led to the creation of parts on parallel lines. Soon, someone thought that transporting these parts in boxes with the right number of parts for whole vehicles made sense. Disassembled motorcycles packed into kits consumed less space than the whole vehicles, so that meant the companies could save on transport and storage. They then shipped the kits to dealers who would construct the vehicles on-site. The next step probably came when someone asked if they could buy a motorcycle, but build it on their own, in the spirit of do it yourself. It was bound to happen sooner or later, and so motorcycles in disassembled kit form became available. So now you know more or less what led up to these great rides in packages.
Complete Motorcycle Kits – Nuts and Bolts
Not everyone has the capacity to construct motorcycles on their own, so in addition to all the big and small pieces, manuals and instruction booklets come with these complete motorcycle kits. Even if you are the type who would rather not have to wade through a lengthy set of instructions, you must painstakingly follow these ones. These ensure you build your ride as the kit makers wanted it, so you will not miss any vital or even minor parts. Imagine missing a nut here or a bolt there, and you can then imagine the motorcycle falling apart like in one of those cartoons. Worse, imagine a breakdown at high speed. You could damage the parts of your vehicle, or yourself for that matter. The kits may be easier than building from zero, but they are still far from being easy. Of course, this challenge is what attracts people in the first place. There is just something about making something with your own hands, a feeling of being able to trust it more. There is also that feeling of being tired but happy upon completing your project, and making something that you love makes it even better. It will also feel more like a companion rather than a tool when you go on runs around town or even across the country on riding tours. The feel of the wind in your face and hair, and facial hair if you have it, will justify the time and energy you put into it. It will also justify any nerdy feelings that may have cropped up from building something from a kit.
Complete Motorcycle Kits – Choices and More
Complete motorcycle kits are rarely, if ever, offered by large manufacturing companies. These big timers are not as concerned with the talk on the street as small companies. The smaller companies on the other hand, have their ears on the ground, and know what people want. Thus, they are the ones who cater to the kit vehicle crowd. Another great thing about these is that they carry aesthetic details that reflect the wants of the community on the whole. Kit motorcycles may not go as fast as some mass-produced models, but they look cool in their measured pace. Plus, the lower speed gives people around more time to appreciate the beauty of these vehicles.
Speaking of beauty, there is no reason why cannot take the custom nature even further. The great thing about building a ride from the kit is that you will want to customize it, to give it that look that you feel is perfect. Maybe some spinners or a few decals, or maybe some performance upgrades with better brakes or electrical system for example. The do it yourself nature of these rides means you can choose parts to switch in and out.
The same companies that offer these boxed kits also offer separate parts for custom looks, and some may even offer fabrication services, for those unique pieces that you always dreamed of. These customization potential make the ride even more personal, and reflect your design sense. An interesting side effect to all this customization is that the owner becomes more inclined to take care of their vehicle rather than with a mass-produced model. It is probably because they do not want something they made with their own hands to break, as a matter of pride and passion. Remember, ride prudently and safely.