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start with cheap jap or holdout for brit or harley

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i dont really know if this will get a response or not. or if it will be a good response. i might just get told to go to hell. my basic question is this, im planning on building my first bike. i hate to give it a label but it will basically be a bobber. rigid frame solo seat. springer forks. nothin extra just pretty much bare bones. now ive seen some good looking jap bikes that were basically the style i want to build. im more into the triumphs and sportsters. the problem is like everyone else im short on cash. and a guy can get a honda for less than half the price of a trump. i guess im just second guessing myself on justifying buying a jap bike just to have one a lot sooner. im pretty new to all this but im assuming i can get some parts cheaper and easier for hondas. and i think the aftermarket is pretty strong for them. things like the rigid back frame. and bars and stuff like that. any opinions and advice welcome... even if you just tell me to go to hell haha
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Do what YOU really want. If it takes longer then it takes longer. You're the one that has to live with it.

If you get a Japanese bike, you'll need 2 things:

1. An electrical degree
2. A specialized degree in carburetor rebuilding

Get a pile of money ready and tell everyone you know(and people you don't) that you're looking for a bike. Sooner or later the bike you want at the price you like will show up, especially when it get closer to Xmas.
The electrical system on a jap bike is no diff than anything else and def not problematic.

Carbs are carbs. If you can rebuild one you can rebuild them all. It isn't rocket science. Tuning four carbs on the other hand isn't very fun but still not very difficult.

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