Minibike Enthusiasts Build Custom Minibikes
With the rise in popularity of modifying these toys turned tools, custom minibikes are the next step in the customization process. Since minibike buyers often end up putting more money into customizing their bikes than they did originally buying them, custom minibikes are only sensible.
The term custom minibikes can mean a number of things. Usually, it refers to a sort of homemade or from-scratch minibike that an enthusiast might build. Other times, it refers to a bike that has a specific ‘custom' theme (a police minibike, for instance). A third meaning is taking a bike, and customizing it into a custom minibike with an engine kit or custom exhaust, or even aesthetic enhancements.
Custom minibikes start with a frame. A steel or lightweight aluminum (or other alloy) frame can be had fairly easily. There are a sundry of machine shops that are willing to contract this sort of work. Welding is also a necessity for its durability and usability. Many cost-conscious shops are using Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding for their custom minibike needs.
The next concern is the engine. By this time, a general concept of the minibike should have been procured. Like locating engines to fit in cars, the first concern is size. Most custom minibikes require 50cc engines. Many of today's minibikes end up having custom-modified engines with superchargers on them, so this is an obvious option in creating a custom minibike, also.
The next prevalent consideration is air flow. When modifying a vehicle or motorcycle, an air intake and exhaust system offers an instant boost in horsepower. This varies little in custom minibikes. When customizing a bike, adding an exhaust is an obvious step. Since most of the manufacturers of minibikes also offer separate exhaust kits, these can be had fairly easily and in a cost-effective manner.
The next concern, which once again must fit well with the frame, is tires. There are fatter tires for off-roading, and thinner ones for touring. Some people opt for different tire sizes, like in a chopper style minibike. Custom minibikes usually don't follow the chopper outline because of its building-difficulty, but can if the user chooses.
Next is the addition of visual accents. Adding a custom saddle or decals is an obvious option for many. Making a custom minibike perform is one thing, while making it look great while it performs is an entirely different capability.
To conclude, the goal of having a custom minibike is eliminating the steps necessary in de-building and re-building a store-bought minibike. The user can choose his frame, engine, exhaust, and visual accents to make a bike that is truly one-of-a-kind. The cost is generally less than buying a new bike and modifying it as such.