Custom Motorcycle Build


In this 5 session class, spanning over 2 months, you will participate in customizing and building a 1991 Suzuki DR650.

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In this 5 session class you will participate in customizing and building a 1991 Suzuki DR650. The bike will undergo a complete transformation and you will learn key steps of motorcycle customization during each session. This is the perfect class if you want to dive deep into the bike building and have the skills to work on your own custom project.

Ryan Handt, motorcycle photographer, will be on hand as a second voice and donor/piggie bank of the DR650 project.

Each session is 3h, so you will get a total of 15h of hands-on learning and experience in motorcycle building.

These sessions have already happened, but more class dates will be announced in September 2017!

Session 1

Brief Intro
Basic (mech + hardware)
Parts sourcing
How to find a donor bike
Different shops + garages
Design outline
Tear down

Session 2

Aesthetic modifications within reason
Begin design
Prelim design

Session 3

Suspension, frame mods
Basic electrical wiring
Upholstery and seats

Session 4

Basic Body work
Planning in advance
Troubleshoot + Diagnose
Look at the Details

Session 5

Finalize bike

About Lawrence

Lawrence Au is a classically trained industrial designer who was educated at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY and College for Creative Studies, Detroit MI.┬áHe specializes in transportation design, research & development and production & manufacturing. In addition to his client list of OEM manufacturers, professional motorcycle race teams and well known custom builders, he is a co-founder of New York’s first electric motorcycle company, Brooklyn Motorized. When not working with clients, he manages a co-operative motorcycle garage in Gowanus, Brooklyn and teaches in the Industrial Design Department at Pratt Institute. Lawrence prides himself on sitting on the fine line of being the most engineering focused designer and the most design oriented engineer.


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