If you are considering having us build your next dream bike or sidecar we are currently scheduling new builds for Summ2023. Please contact us soon as this slots fill up quickly! Building your own custom BMW? We can help with that to. We always have time for small custom work, frame mods, wheels, brake kits, carburetor rebuilds...

Q & A...

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 37 years of experiences with BMW motorcycles only. We do not normally work on Japanese motorcycle or American motorcycles. We just specialize in BMW’s which makes us very different from many other shops worldwide. We have all of the specialty tools and knowledge to do it right. We will install sidecars on most motorcycles.

We are not a production shop, we are a craft shop. This means that to build your dream bike it takes time. With this said we do not ever give you a drop dead finish date. Some builds are a few weeks & some are many months. It is important to us to take the time to do it right & 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 & 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 $165.00 an hour.



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 & some ideas of what you are looking for it will help putting together a build list & determining the time & cost.



Here is an idea of what some of the costs are:

  • Sidecar installs with custom sub frame & leading link fork $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 $700.00 each
  • Major service work & tuning $300.00 - $600.00
  • Custom high performance exhaust systems $900.00 - $2500.00
  • Gas tank & fender painting $700.00 - $2000.00
  • Frame powder coating (stripping the bike down & reassembly) $2500.00 - $3500.00
  • Custom wiring & 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 & ready. This is not refundable, but will be applied towards your build & 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 & 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 know as these bikes some times are 40 years old & 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 & 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, bank transfer, 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.


So, your dream machine is finished. What next?

Once your project is finished we will put 500 to 1000 miles on it making sure things are functioning perfectly. This requires your bike to be currently registered and insured. With a thumbs up you can pick up your bike or we can arrange shipping.


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


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