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Old 01-29-2011, 06:35 PM
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what to start a chopper shop

hey guys been reading on here for a few weeks and this is my first post. i want to start building custom choppers. i would like to sell them as low as possible 15 or 20 grand. my plan is to build a bike, sell it and use the profit to build another. u think this is a good idea or will people want to build a bike the way they want?
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:56 PM
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:56 PM
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I don't think it's a bad idea, but I think the key is to keep your overhead to an absolute minimum. I'd say start in your garage doing it in your spare time. No fancy anything, and build the bikes dirt cheap. Everyone is broke these days, and the chopper craze is over. Seems the guys who do have the money and don't have the skill to build their own are sticking with HD. Also realize that whatever you end up building, if you don't stand behind it 100% you won't be around very long. Good luck.
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:57 PM
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Oh and 15-20k is way too high. Look at the used market, which is what you will be competing against.
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:59 PM
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:08 PM
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Let's just skip the middle man and all the work. Take all the money you were going to invest in this project and send it to me. It'll be the same results, you're money will be gone but at least I've saved you all the time it would have taken.
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:17 PM
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This is AMERICA and anything can happen...........so ya, in the end, whether your buildin' bikes for yourself or workin for the man, you'll be "Livin The American Dream".
I saw a response on here someone had given to much the same question: Build a bike you really love rather than trying to appease the masses. If you do that your passion, and attention to detail will come through in the end result; and you should have no trouble finding a buyer. For your second build you can please the masses and build what is selling.
Whatever you decide to do just make sure you have a backup plan because the economy sucks, and people don't have a lot of disposable income to spend on motorcycles.
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You cant even buy the drive train for what bikes are selling for right now.
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:28 PM
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do whatever is gonna make you happy in life man. If building chops is gonna make you happy, go for it. But, as in any business be prepared to go balls to the wall don't go half way or you'll lose. First thing, incorporate then get a brick and mortar storefront so you can deal with parts suppliers then you're on your way.
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:29 PM
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im startin in my garage. im about to get into ironworkin. i need a loan to start so i have to sell my first bike so im not in dept. and just like everyone else im also just gettin buy. that y i want to sell as low as possible. i do have some good ideas that i hope people would like and ill try to get a website to sell parts.
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Old 01-29-2011, 11:42 PM
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build a bike & sell it, if you like it go for it
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Old 01-29-2011, 11:57 PM
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Honestly Tim is right, you can buy an entire chopper for less than a good drive train. There is no money in building choppers. Do it because you love it. It's (in general) going to be far more expensive to build one than what you can get out of it.

I am generalizing, but for the most part I'm sorry but that's reality.

If you want to do this for a living though, I would love to see the last bike you built.
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:22 AM
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The trick to making a little money in the chopper market is too start out with big money...
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:28 AM
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The best way to make a million $$$ in the chopper business is to start with 5 million. When you see bikes that cost $45,000 to $75,000 new, selling for 12k to 15K with a few hundred miles on them, it's a good sign that the market has dried up.
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:38 AM
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You better look in to liability insurance too. The first time something happens to a bike you as a corporation built, (frame crack, wheel falls off etc) be ready to get sued...
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