Could a Bike Be Your Next Passion Project?

Posted by Ben Davidson about 2 months ago

When it comes to passion project vehicles, many people tend to go with old and famous automobiles. Perhaps you absolutely love American police vehicles and want to work on a Plymouth Volare, or maybe you’re interested in turning an old van into a recreational vehicle for camping trips with your friends and family members. If you love cars, then you’ve probably got a dream vehicle that you really want to turn into a passion project, even if it takes years to take a scrapyard treasure into a working vehicle.


However, most of us simply don’t have time to do that. You’ll hear plenty of stories of people buying beautiful old cars that were destined for the scrapyard, only to leave them in their garage as they build up rust. Those heaps of scrap can be turned into beautiful working cars again, but only if you have the time and money to do so. For most people, it’s simply not viable.


Thankfully, there are other options available for people that want a small project to work on and use for fun. After all, half of the fun is in tuning and customising the vehicle while the other half is in actually driving it! That’s why many people have turned to bikes as their passion project of choice to satiate their love for vehicles. It’s a much smaller project, but you can still get plenty of joy and entertainment from fixing up and personalising your own bike.


But is buying a bike right for you? Does it take a lot of work to get started? Let’s take a look at some of the most common concerns that stop people from riding a bike in the first place.



I don’t really like bikes, is there anything that can convince me to try one?


Before you buy a bike, it’s important to find some good reasons to actually own one. Many people find that they don’t need a bike because they already have a car. However, there are usually plenty of benefits to having a bike, even if you already own a vehicle.


  • It’s not a replacement for your car, meaning you can always have both!

  • They’re more eco-friendly if you’re concerned about your carbon footprint.

  • Bikes are much easier to maintain and work on because they’re smaller and simpler.

  • Riding a bike can be healthier for your body, such as increasing motion and flexibility in your knees.

  • Bikes can get into spaces that large cars can’t.

  • Bikes are extremely easy to customise with paint jobs and accessories.

  • They cost a lot less to run since they’re more fuelefficient.

  • Parking is much easier.

  • They’re great for getting around short distances.

  • It’s a lot of fun!


There are lots of different bikes to work on


Just like in the world of cars, there are many iconic bikes that you can work on as your passion project. Just check out your local dirt bike dealer shop or Harley Davidson specialist and you’ll find an outrageous amount of choice, personalisation and history in all of the bikes. With so much choice available, it can often be difficult to pick. You’ll be spoilt for choice no matter what kind of dealerships you go to. If you’re looking for a very specific model of an iconic bike, then you may need to look at specialised dealerships or even search online. Either way, you shouldn’t underestimate the culture and history behind bikes.


Bikes are usually cheaper than cars, so can’t I just buy a new one?


Sure you can! But that’s not really the point of a passion project. It’s all about buying something iconic and used, refurbishing it with your own hands and creating something that is personal and sentimental to you. Yes, it takes a lot of work and time to learn about how bikes work. However, it’s a lot less work than what it takes to rebuild a car and you’ll be spending less time and money on it. This means it takes less time until you can actually start riding it and enjoying it on the road.


How can I get started and learn more about bikes?


One of the best ways to learn more about bikes is to join a community. You could check out blogs about motorcycles, learn more about dirt biking tracks near you, or even join a community on Reddit. Many people see motorcycles as a recreational vehicle and an entryway to a lifestyle, not just a form of transportation. As such, you’ll meet lots of passionate people that are more than happy to teach you about the hobby.


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