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If you are considering having us build your next dream bike or sidecar we are scheduling new builds for the Summer thru Winter 2017. Please contact us soon as this slots fill up quickly
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So you want a Boxer Metal built custom BMW motorcycle or sidecar rig/outfit? Or you want us to help you build your dream bike?
We look at every build as if it was our own whether it is a custom build, restoration or sidecar outfit. We pride ourselves in being able to understand what your vision is and making it come true. This is done with over 30 year experiences with BMW motorcycles only. We do not work on Japanese motorcycle or American motorcycles. We just specialize in BMW’s which makes us very different that many other shops worldwide. We have all of the specialty tools and knowledge to do it right.

We are not a production shop, we are a craft shop. This means that to build your dream bike takes time. With this said we do not ever give you a drop dead finish date. Some builds are a few weeks and some are many months. It is important to us to take the time to do it right and give you what you had envisioned for your dream bike. The cost obviously can very quite a bit. If you want a simple cafe racer build from your mid 70’s BMW motorcycle many times this can be accomplished for around $9000.00. Most builds with custom wheels, instruments, full paint, etc. can run $12,000.00 to $20,000.00 and up. The sky is the limit on what we can build. If you’re looking for something really exotic like the R90S we built for the TV show Naked Speed the cost can get into the $60,000.00 plus range. Our hourly rate is $145.00 an hour.

For standard BMW service our labor rate is $90.00 per hour. This does not include installing custom parts. Just tune-ups, oil changes and valve adjust.

Determining the cost of your build
A custom BMW motorcycle build could take 100’s of hours to build with sidecars taking longer. If you have pictures, drawings and some ideas of what you are looking for will help in putting together a build list and determining the time and cost.

Here is an idea of what some of the costs are.
Sidecar installs with custom sub frame and leading link for $12,000.00-$35,000.00
On board portable espresso maker $1800.00
15″ wheels with car tires $1500.00-$2500.00
Custom spoke wheels $600.00 each
Major service work and tuning $300.00-$600.00
Custom high performance exhaust systems $900.00-$1500.00
Gas tank and fender painting $700.00-$2000.00
Frame powder coating(stripping the bike down and reassembly) $2500.00-$3500.00
Custom wiring and gauges $600.00-$2500.00
Big brake kits $1200.00-$3500.00

Getting started
If you are serious about having Boxer Metal build your dream bike or sidecar please contact us to set up an appointment either on the phone or in person. This will also require a $500.00 deposit so we know you are serious and ready. This is not refundable, but will be applied towards your build and used towards R&D of your build. Depending on the complexity of your build you may be charged for some of the design time and the sourcing of non standard parts.
Two weeks prior to your S.T.B.D.(start to build date) we require a 50% deposit based on your build cost. Half way through the process we require a 25% balance payment and the rest to be paid in full when your build is finished. Be prepared for the unknown as we get into taking your bike apart. These bike are old and parts do wear out so your original build cost could go up.

Finding the perfect bike or sidecar
We can also assist in helping you find a BMW motorcycle or sidecar to start with. We do our best to find the right bike to start with however there are things that we can not no as these bikes some times are 40 years old and might need maintenance that is undetectable until the bike is stripped down so be prepared for it needing a valve job or a clutch to fixing oil leaks and rebuilding carburetors. This would be above and beyond the estimate for your custom build. If you would like us to find the perfect starter bike or that cool sidecar for your bike or both this requires a $5000.00 deposit. If there is a balance this is to be paid by credit card or check with in 24 hours(checks must be sent UPS Next Day Air- no exceptions). If there is a balance in your favor this will get applied towards your build.

Thank you for considering Boxer Metal as the place to make your dreams come true. Check out the Bike and Sidecar section on our website for pictures and information on some of our past builds


Discovery Channel “Boxer Metal’s Chris Canterbury of Chico, California is North America’s premier BMW builder”.

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