Get your custom motorcycle project finished and on the street!

Build you own custom motorcycle - your way - with my help, even if you have no hands-on skills!

Frustrated? Stuck? Don't know what to do next?

We know it's been impossible to find a single source of information to guide you through your custom bike build.

You can sift through hours of YouTube videos just looking for that crucial two minutes of knowledge, assuming you don't go down the "related videos" rabbit hole and get off track.

You can buy a dozen books off Amazon and find the author skimmed over the key lesson you needed.

And what step comes first? Then second? What about when you get deep into the build? Step 467? What do you do next?

What if you don't know what to do? What if you can see ten directions you can go?

I've built my online resources - the Academy - to solve that exact problem.

You deserve the feeling of satisfaction that comes from creating something unique. Something that you envisaged in your head, or on paper, or on the screen.

You just need a clear path forward.

The Academy is an online training and coaching program.

Membership includes:

  • access to all video training courses
  • live monthy training and coaching calls with other members
  • access to the indexed full back catalog of recorded calls

    The Academy is the perfect solution if you are stuck or frustrated with your build. Simply sign up for an annual membership. Let me help you get your build finished!

Here's what you get on signup

All of these courses are available immediately on signup. Start with any course. Work at your own pace.

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Project Planning

Overwhelmed? Don't know where to start? Learn about fundamental project planning steps and software tools. 2000 words and four videos and use our templates to plan your build.

Introduction to design drawing

Wondering how to get the proportions of your project bike right? Got ideas in your head, and want to get them onto paper - or - a screen? Fourteen videos over two hours to get your project bike ideas refined!

Hand tool school

Hand tools are essential to getting started. Get the background on the important tools and our recommendation on what to purchase!

Introduction to Metalwork

Introduction to Metalwork is the fundamental course to teach you basic skills to work with metal. Thirty-three videos running to 6 hours covering metals and essential hand tools and using these on four guided projects to build your skills.

Fundamental welding knowledge

Introduction to Welding will give you a basic overview of common welding processes, plus give you the knowledge to run your first TIG weld!

Metalshaping pre-requisites

Check out some of the tools you can buy (or make) to get started with metalshaping! Mallet, beater bags, hammers, dollies, shrinking stumps (or bowls), tucking forks, slapping hammers and annealing aluminium.

Metalshaping a custom fender

Its possible to form a basic fender shape in metal with hand tools. Watch this 23 minute video showing how we did it!

Gas tank build

Motorcycle tank construction

Want to see how I fabricate this tank? Follow along all the steps from concept, design, making a buck, fabrication and finishing! Twelve videos over 147 minutes to show you sheet alloy to finished tank!

Fabricating a luggage rack

I needed a luggage rack in a hurry, so I fabricated one! Three videos over 34 minutes covering a detailed discussion on the design and how I built it.

weld repair cast aluminium aluminum

How to weld repair cast aluminium

Check out my exact process for weld repairing cast aluminium, in this case, an engine mount.
This is a job for Alternating Current (AC) TIG welding. Let me show you how I prepare the crack, weld it, and finish it so the repair is almost invisible.

How to paint a motorcycle tank

Who says you can't paint some (or all) of your motorcycle project in your home shop with aerosol paint? Learn the steps and techniques for painting a three-colour design in your own shop.

About the Trainer

Matt McLeod

Matt is a qualified mechanical engineer and adult trainer. He has worked with machines his whole career, and turned his skills and attention to helping motorcyclists in 2012. Matt has written technical articles for BikeEXIF, Return of the Cafe Racer and Bike Brewers. His focus is helping DIY custom bike builders get their projects finished and on the road.

"I believe anyone can build their own custom motorcycle. I believe you should enjoy that sense of satisfaction that comes from creating something with your own hands. I believe you don’t have to pay someone else to do it.

I teach people how to build custom motorcycles by helping them build skills and confidence with my articles and training videos. I provide better technical information for custom motorcycle builders. And I shorten the learning curve getting you there."

We use our experience to create yours

What is the Academy worth?

We benchmarked our courses against other offerings to determine pricing.

And we want our students to be motivated to take action. 

If we added up the retail prices for the courses and the monthly calls, the asking price is:





Project Planning


Motorcycle tank construction


Metalshaping pre-requsites


Metalshaping a custom fender


Introduction to metalwork


Introduction to design drawing


How to weld repair cast aluminium


How to paint a motorcycle tank


Hand tool school


Fundamental welding knowledge


Fabricating a luggage rack




Monthly live call at shop rate of $100/hr


Access to full, indexed back catalog of recorded calls














  • Access to all video training courses
  • Live monthly training (recorded and permanently available to members)
  • Coaching calls with other members
  • Indexed full back catalog of recorded calls



  • Working time 24/7 all days
  • Free Tea & Coffee
  • Max 15 team members
  • Superfast wifi
  • Free Kitchen

Our Platinum-level agreement with you:

"Get it done" Build Plan:

  1. Sign up
  2. Browse the training courses
  3. Start on the course that will help you RIGHT NOW
  4. Sign into the monthly live call 
  5. Get your questions answered
  6. Get your build done! 

"Get it done" Build Agreement:

  1. Get your questions answered
  2. Get your problems solved
  3. Get the technical knowledge
  4. Get direction and support  
  5. Get coaching and accountability
  6. Get your build done!


Why should I join?

The whole objective of the Academy is to “shorten the learning curve”. You can figure all this stuff out on your own with enough research. I’m aiming to help those who want to get done sooner. If you're unsure at all, don't buy. Have a look at our Resources page for all the free stuff we provide.

What sort of content is included in the membership?

Membership includes full and immediate access to our exclusive video training and document downloads. Questions can be submitted against course lessons, and I'll be the one who answers anything you ask. 

Once per month, I hold a live call at two different times (to suit different time zones). This live call will be either:

  1. Teaching a topic that members have requested , or
  2. Answering questions that have been submitted by members 

These monthly calls are recorded and cataloged, so you can search back through the index to see if your question has already been answered.

How often is it updated?

I’m generating new content as quickly as I can – based on what the community members tell me they need help with.

Occasionally you'll get emails from me asking what your big problems are - I'm using these to gauge what training I need to create next. 

What is the video training like?

I like conducting training in person. And I’ve done quite a bit of it.

Video gives me the opportunity to explain concepts in plain English (sorry, I can only speak English) and demonstrate hands-on skills, similar to what I might do in a class setting.

Everything is explained from the most basic principles. No prior knowledge is assumed. And if you have a question, simply type it under the video lesson and I'll be able to provide more assistance.

So the videos are just me, in my shop, explaining “how-to”, demonstrating “how-to” and walking you through skills and projects of increasing complexity – helping you shorten the learning curve.

Why is it so *expensive*?

I charge these prices for a simple reason: 

  • I want committed students. 
  • I want them to get their project bikes finished, and
  • I want to help them get there, faster.

At Krank Engineering, we know you want to build and ride your own custom motorcycle.

In order to do that, you need knowledge and direction.

The big problem is no single "one-safe-source" of information for builders which is confusing and frustrating.

We believe you deserve the satisfaction of creating your own custom motorcycle.

We understand getting started is tough and knowing which step to take next can be overwhelming. 

That's why we blended our engineering and training backgrounds to build programs to help get your build done.

Here's how we do it:

  1. Sign up online
  2. Browse and get started on your preferred course
  3. Log into the monthly live call
  4. Build your bike!

So join now!

Avoid frustration, wasted time and wasted money and get your custom bike on the street fast!

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