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The Build: How the Masters Design Custom Motorcycles Hardcover – June 1, 2016
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From design principles and online resources to tips for scoring the ideal donor bike and other important fundamentals, The Build can actually help get you started on your dream of creating a custom menace of your own. Or just enjoy it as a near-perfect piece of bike porn. --Maxim magazine, April 29, 2016
Whether you're creating a beautiful bobber or clean café racer from salvaged parts-or simply appreciate the resulting efforts from those who do-you'll salivate over The Build. --The Drive
The only advice you ever need to build a motorcycle. --Gear Patrol
About the Author
Robert Hoekman Jr is a columnist and contributing editor for the revered motorcycle culture and lifestyle magazine Iron & Air. He has authored several books and dozens of articles for a range of publications, including Fast Company magazine's Co.Design blog. He has spoken on design and other topics to packed rooms at events all over the world. Robert's talents for questioning and challenging conventional wisdom have earned him success in a myriad of professional interests, including design, writing, editing, design strategy consulting, and public speaking. He rode motorcycles exclusively for the first nine years he had a license (not bothering with a car until he was 26 years old), and has logged more miles on two wheels than on four. The 2012 Triumph Bonneville he rides today is his only vehicle. He has used it to straighten thousands of bent roads on the way to and through Arizona's quirky and eccentric towns and destinations. Robert lives in downtown Phoenix, Arizona with his partner Jodi and their two dogs, Max and Daisy.
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I'd say this book is more valuable to designers than mechanics, which is fine because that's what I got it for in the first place. Lots of great reference photos, anatomy explanation on various types of custom motorcycle builds, vocab layout and explanation, et cetera. I like the book.