I have tremendous respect for fabricators, guys who not only build their own cars or bikes, but actually make the parts themselves. The kind of guys that actually bend the tubes for the frames and machine the components out of a solid block of metal to make the parts they need for their custom bikes.
Japanese motorcycle builder Chicara Nagata builds his bikes that way. Everything on his bikes is hand-built except for the antique drivetrains he uses. Even the controls and the throttle are hand crafted. There are almost 500 parts on each bike, fabricating each part and assembling it can take Nagata up to 7,500 hours per bike. In 2006, he won the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, and three of his bikes are currently featured in an exhibit at New York’s Ippodo Gallery. If you’re interested in getting one, they’re $1 million apiece. Here they are: