How Motorcycles Are Built

Winter of 2009 was a cold one. The US housing market had crashed and the recession was in full swing and people were struggling to pay even the most essential bills. Motorcyclists counted their pennies and weathered the storm, hoping the spring would bring better fortune.

For one motorcyclist, a YouTube one hit wonder called iamthenoah, Christmas came early in November. He shared a video of a Suzuki GSX-R which assembled itself. It has been viewed over 1,000,000 times and remained the most memorable motorcycle assembly video to date.

This week two motorcycle manufacturers have come up with their own assembly videos for all of those motorcyclists who want to see just how motorcycles are built. The first video is the 2013 Indian Motorcycle launch ‘The Thunder Stroke 111’ new engine promotional video. It shows the assembly of the american cruiser manufacturer’s new flagship motor.

The second video is less about how a motorcycle is assembled and more about how a motorcycle is built. Its four minutes of spectacular visual and commentary from KTM PR and Product Managers Joachim Sauer and Thomas Kuttruf. The video is called Birth of a Motorcycle – Behind the Scenes at KTM, and even if you’ve never seen a KTM in person or have the slightest interest in one, it’s still worth watching.

Indian’s new motor is an 1811 cc air cooled push rod V-Twin. Tres Harley-Davidson, non? When asked for his thoughts, my motorcycle industry colleague and YouMotorcycle guest blogger, Happy Gilmore, describes the Thunder Stroke 111 engine as “Fucking stellar. It looks the part, and they have a very cool website/app to support it.”

See that right there? That’s the writing talent depth. That’s why we’re the #1 motorcycle lifestyle blog on the internet*.

*as voted on by a bunch of guys at a bar I bought a round of drinks for.

The KTM video was a definite self-plug, but it’s great to see and hear more from motorcycle industry insiders and we’d love to see motorcycle manufacturers giving some insight to their operations to the public at large. Special guest blogger Happy Gilmore says “These near-German bikes are known for their sexy orange plastics but I love ’em for their potent thumper powerplant.”

That’s what she said.

Furthermore he added, “KTM: high power, higher fun, highest maintenance bills.”

If you’ve got your own motorcycle assembly, motorcycle production, or motorcycle build videos, leave a comment below and if I like them I’ll add them to the page. Thanks!

Adrian S.