The other day I mentioned mini choppers as a great way to learn about building a motorcycle. Actually building something teaches you far more than any TV show, but you do need to know some of the basics. Instead of trying to glean a tiny bit of actual building know how from those “reality” shows, how about a DVD that teaches you the whole process, step by step from someone who knows his way around a metal shop?
Building a Chopper Chassis is a DVD by Ron Covell. If you read Street Rodder magazine, you know he has a column where he covers the metal shop side of things. He’s a master metal fabricator who teaches classes all over the country and he’s done some pretty amazing work.
This DVD demonstrates the entire process, from an overview of design, to what you need to know about rake, trail, & stretch. It covers making your own chassis jigs plus bending and fitting so you can create your own frame design. The detailed format of the DVD walks you through the entire process. It includes the use of both basic and shop grade tools for layout, cutting, and bending. You get the benefit of having a real expert show you what you need to know and you can watch it as many times as you like if there’s something you miss or don’t get the first time through.
If you watch this, you won’t have that “I don’t know how” excuse any longer. In fact, you might just be inspired enough to build your own motorcycle, which sounds like a pretty good payoff for watching one DVD. There’s no time like the present to learn more, after all, … if not now, when?