Doctor Motorcycle LLC was founded in 2020 by James (Jimmy) Kauder, a Machinist, Mechanic and Motorcycle Rider.
"I've always been a grease monkey, it's in my blood. My Grandpa could fix anything, I admired him for that." He says.
"For my 12th birthday, my parents bought me a used Yamaha YZ80, we didn't have it out more than 3 trips before the top-end seized due to lack of air filter maintenance. My grandpa sent the cylinder out, and the day the cylinder showed up in the mail, he had it back together and running within a few hours. I thought he was a wizard for doing that!"
Jimmy's first dirtbike, and his older brother Josh's first dirtbike (YZ125) taught him a lot about the basics of working on a motorcycle.
"I became religious about maintenance, and I wanted to know everything there was to know about dirtbikes. Spark plug gap, chain tension, fork height in the clamps, fork oil height, preload, sag, all of it. I learned the basics of Carburetor jetting on my little yz80 and my Brother's YZ125. Once I started to understand it, it was as if I was seeing the matrix for the first time."
He goes on to say "I would hear a dirtbike or quad go by and immediately recognize if it was too rich, too lean, or about where it should be just by the way it sounded. Once I started to get the hang of working on bikes, I was hooked".
Fast forward to adulthood, Jimmy spent 5 years working at QuikTrip Gas station, wrenching on bikes on the side, and then 5 years as a Machinist, setting up a Haas ST30 Lathe.
"I felt trapped. I liked machining but a lot of the work at that shop was production and deburring. Sometimes I 'd go a straight 2 weeks just pressing cycle start and deburring parts before it was time for another setup, and I knew the time to make a move doing my own thing had come."
"I quit my job as a machinist, and worked a sales job where I only lasted a full week before realizing it wasn't going to pan out. I spent the next year flipping bikes and doing side jobs and small repairs on cars. I hit the point where I was getting really confident in my skillset, so much so that I applied for my business license and formed DoctorMotorcycle LLC right before the lockdown of 2020. My savings at that point was starting to run pretty thin."
"I had enough money left to do at least two builds, and I made the decision to do a build on YouTube before doing one for a customer. I had already built my first bike, the Suzuki GS450, but I wanted to have at least one full, documented build that I could show to prospective clients before taking on a commissioned build."
Jimmy then went on to build the Honda CM185 Scrambler, his first video, which as of this writing, has 1.4 million views. This encouraged him to do another build, a Yamaha XS650, which led to his first customer, for which he built a Cafe Racer XS650.
Fast forward to Late 2021, and DoctorMotorcycle's Build Videos have received over 19 million views worldwide.
"I never expected the channel to grow so quickly, for that I'm very greatful. It was and is the opportunity of a lifetime. I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love and make money from it".