We've seen some pretty cool conversions on The Kneeslider, a Suzuki S40 in one case and a Yamaha Maxim in another, where the builders took a fairly common and inexpensive bike and turned it into something with radically different looks and lots of character. The bikes look great but the work necessary might be a bit more than some of you are ready to tackle. Now check out Blue Collar Bobbers. They start with lots of different models like the Honda Shadow, Yamaha V-Star, Kawasaki Vulcan and the Suzuki S40, too, and then offer bolt on kits to make it into something you won't see everywhere. The end result is a good looking custom bike that makes you look like a pretty crafty builder. Nice idea.
Right now, a lot of you would like a new bike, but it just isn't in the budget. Maybe the bike you have looks a little tired or, if you don't have a bike, you can only afford used. No problem. With a kit like one of these, you strip off some parts, add some paint, bolt on the kit and next thing you know, everyone wonders where you bought your new ride or where you learned to build custom bikes.
According to their web site, the kits include everything, right down to the nuts and bolts plus they come with a DVD that walks you through the entire installation piece by piece. It looks like even a novice builder can put one of these together, no wondering what to do next, just follow the instructions. No cutting and welding or radical changes, just get out your wrenches and screwdrivers.
I didn't see prices for doing everything at once, they list each subgroup of parts as an individual kit with a price, so you can add them all up to see what it would total, but that also means you can do this a little at a time. Plus, almost all of the parts are made in the USA. I like that.
These kits won't appeal to everyone because it's not their style of bike, but the idea is a good one. While the custom companies continue to struggle or shut down, kits to customize your own bike could fill the gap. Makes sense to me.
Thanks for the tip, Steve!
Link: Blue Collar Bobbers