By bad Uncle Monkey
Building a bike from the ground up is just that, you don’t have a motorcycle to begin with.
It means collecting parts and assembling them into one complete running machine.
It is not like a manufacturing plant where you have detailed build sheets and your parts are carefully inventory so that the part you need is always there, always on time.
Building a bike at home means you are the mercy of your suppliers. The parts for my bike have been a slow collection of miscellaneous parts over the years but I don’t have quite a complete bike yet.
During my mock up I found that the bars I have in stock do not fit me or look right on the bike. It is a minor set back as I already know which bars I want to put on the bike.
That is the problem I face this week. Finding bars for my bike should be as simple as calling up my supplier and having them sent out. Unfortunately, Custom Chrome, one of my main suppliers has locked me out of my dealer account and my other suppliers do not have the bars I want in stock. Now what?
Yes I could bend some bars up but my well-equipped shop is not quite that well equipped. I could change it up and simply put on a different bend of bars but after having my heart set on one particular style of bars it is hard to settle for drag bars or ape hangers like everyone else in the crowd.
So here I sit pounding away at a keyboard when I could be in the garage spinning wrenches, waiting for my Custom Chrome rep to get back to me to unlock my account, waiting for the bars so I can figure out what risers to order, waiting on the risers so I know what length of cables to order, waiting and waiting.
-bad Uncle Monkey