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Discussion in 'The Thailand Vapers Lounge' started by Longtail1, Mar 18, 2016.

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    Obviously not vape related. lol

    Seriously looking at getting hold of a custom Bike, Probably Harley as they are the easiest to get after market parts for. I am thinking of either getting an already customised bike or an an old one to fix up, either here or overseas and import. Anyone else in to doing this on here that may be able to recommend places to search for stuff, or custom shops?
     
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    There are Harley shops in Thailand (I had a buddy who had a similar death wish)... :D

    But they're bloody expensive...be prepared!! ;)
     
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    Yeah, I know. The only official dealership is in BKK, but I am wanting more of a custom job. I have been to a few but some are better than others and a recommendation would be nice from someone with personal experience.

    Death wish eh? Funny...that has been said of me before. :lost it:
    Tbh this is sort of a project thing for me and I would most likely only ride up north here. Much quieter and more relaxed.
     
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    RCA is the home of customs. Have a look over there, they can recommend you. Some shops moved out but those who stays will be able to give you exactly where to go and how to find the bike.
     
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    RCA…Is that Royal City Avenue? BKK?
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    Sounds like a good resource. Many thanks @Tibo
     
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    Yes, Royal City Avenue correct. There is a customs shops/bar next to Triumph Dealer. There was also a customs shop, I saw a couple of local celebrities getting their bike done here. Not sure if that particular shop is still here but again I will be surprise if they can't point you where to go.

    A friend of mine is a mechanic for Harley School, I'll ask him too.
     
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    you're a good man. Many thanks. I'll start looking around there then. Sart of what is going to be a long process I think. lol
     
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    Mate, I have pondered the same thoughts myself. Yes, the Harley Davidson's are damn expensive in LOS with all the customs duties. (And even in the states, where there are no customs duties, the things are still already damn expensive.) What people used to do was to ship the harleys in parts (just pay the duties on the parts), assemble it into a running bike and apply for a green book. That scheme was stopped by the Thai government.

    I had been toying with the idea of taking an already registered motorcycle with a green book, like a Honda phantom, or whatever, modding the frame (aftermarket harley frames are plentiful and cheap and you can cut and weld to an existing frame), importing a Harley V-twin (pay the duty on it of course), and shove it in there. I actually already have a legally registered 400cc Japanese sportbike, and I wasn't in LOS enough to justify doing it though. The thought still remains however.
     
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    I have to admit that this is where I was leaning in the first place, but I like to research everything before I make a decision. Looks like this is going to be the best bet for me. I'll have a good look in to it.
     
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    Well Longtail, if you need help sourcing harley parts from the United States, I am willing to help.

    And, when you find out if you can do it, let me know. I never got far enough to check with Thai authorities to see if it would be allowed. But if it is, I want to do it. (Eventually at least.)
     
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    I've had two Harley's and sold mine before moving here, along with my mustang. my advice would be to find or build the bike exactly how you want it. otherwise you'll 100k in spare parts laying around. I'm also considering getting a bike, but don't think I'll go with another Harley. might want to rent the model you are considering buying and taking a good weeklong trip, just to make sure your not selling it 6 months later and losing money
     
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    This is a long term project but if it goes ahead I will certainly be in contact mate. Many thanks
    TBH I'm not the biggest Harley fan for long rides. The ones I have had tend to be wrong for the grips and controls for me, unfortunately. But the bikes I do like are hard to customise and harder to get here in the first place. But this would just be for short day trips as I wouldn't want to do too much hard riding on these roads. If the other drivers/police don't get ya the damned condition of the roads will.
     
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    It really depends on how far you are willing to go with the custom made. To the extent of show bike quality or just custom built for daily use. Are you looking for custom builder/craftman or just some shops that sells ready to fit aftermarket parts. @Tibo mentioned RCA is correct. It's a good place to start but mainly are selling ready to fit aftermarket parts. Here are some shops I have some personal experience with :

    Do you read Thai, cuz they are mainly in Thai, but by clicking through pictures you'll get some rough ideas.

    Highway Dragster Playground

    HD.HarleyParts: HD.Parts ของแต่งฮาเล่ย์ สวยเท่ห์ดิบดุ

    Harley Davidson Shop - Index

    Harley Davidson Parts - Thailand Harley Davidson Specialist

    bigbike Motorcycles parts dr.bike dr_bike บิ๊กไบค์ มอเตอร์ไซค์ อะไหล่ ด๊อกเตอร์ไบค์ top1 topone oil อะไหล่มอเตอร์ไชค์ - จำหน่ายอะไหล่ใหม่-เก่าและอุปกรณ์ตกแต่ง Big Bike 250 cc-1800 cc - รับตกแต่งรถให้สวยงาม -รับเชีคศูนย์มอไซค์-ทำสี-แอร์บรัช เปิดบริการ วันจันทร์ - วันเสาร์ เวลา 08.30 - 19.00 น.
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    Lao Keng Seng, Bangkok

    www.k-speed.net (good workmanship but be careful of Chinese parts)

    Sites that sells and buy parts and used bikes from 50cc - 2800cc are:

    www.mocyc.com (IMO this site is the ultimate site for parts and complete bike sourcing, used to have an English version)

    Thailand Classifieds | 18 Mar 2016 | BahtSold.com | Baht&Sold (this site has a lot of farang, a lot of below market value bikes cuz some sellers are in a hurry to leave the country and willing to dump down the price. use the search to narrow down to what you are looking for)

    If you are looking custom builder. There are a few in Bangkok and Phuket that I know of. But unfortunately they hardly maintain their websites anymore. Tell me if you are interested, I'll find them for you.

    Finally, google Bangkok motorcycle festival, browse thru past pictures album and vendors. There are a few good custom builders that might interest you.
     
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    @etlava wow! Now these links are going to save me so much time. Lol you're a gem. Thank you so much.

    Preferably i would like to go the whole hog and custom build, but I will finish researching before committing to that. Lol

    I know I will be happy with after market parts if things get too complicated though. So once I finish looking in to getting started I will be able to decide. Hoping to be finished in a couple of years or so so lots of time to play as well

    Thai may be a problem, subject to my girlfriends ability, but I will work something out.

    Really appreciate the links and will start hitting them tonight.
     
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