Motorcycle Restoration Projects

If you enjoy getting your hands dirty and don’t mind a bit of work, buying a motorcycle restoration project can be a great way to while away those dark winter evenings. In fact, if you are really handy it can be a great way to buy a used bike at a bargain price. Even in this ‘throw away’ world, there are still many motorcycle enthusiasts who like nothing more than the challenge of restoring a classic bike back to its former glory. Get it wrong though and you could end up with a pile of trouble on your hands! Some projects are abandoned because of lack of interest or because the restorer underestimated the availability of parts, or the cost involved which can spiral out of control if you are not careful.

 

Restoration Projects & Barn Finds For Sale

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1928 Harley-Davidson Other 1928 Harley Davidson JD with running engine

1928 Harley-Davidson Other  1928 Harley Davidson JD with running engine
Current price:
$13,500.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
0d 6h 13m
Seller: eBay

1921 Harley-Davidson JD Harley Davidson 1921 JD -used, GREAT RARE PROJECT!!!

1921 Harley-Davidson JD  Harley Davidson 1921 JD -used, GREAT RARE PROJECT!!!
Current price:
$12,999.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
0d 6h 14m
Seller: eBay

FLHTKSE - CVO™ Limited 2015 Harley-Davidson FLHTKSE - CVO Limited Used

FLHTKSE - CVO™ Limited  2015 Harley-Davidson FLHTKSE - CVO Limited Used
Price:
$28,995.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 6h 30m
Seller: eBay

FLHTCUTG - Tri-Glide® Ultra 2015 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUTG - Tri-Glide Ultra Used

FLHTCUTG - Tri-Glide® Ultra  2015 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUTG - Tri-Glide Ultra Used
Price:
$32,995.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 6h 41m
Seller: eBay

1976 Honda Other 1976 honda elsinore mr 250

1976 Honda Other  1976 honda elsinore mr 250
Price:
$2,900.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 12h 40m
Seller: eBay

2005 BMW F-Series 2005 BMW F650GS

2005 BMW F-Series  2005 BMW F650GS
Current price:
$1,825.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
16
Ends in:
0d 13h 20m
Seller: eBay

1972 Ducati Other 1972 Ducati 750 GT

1972 Ducati Other  1972 Ducati 750 GT
Current price:
$15,100.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
18
Ends in:
0d 15h 22m
Seller: eBay

1990 Kawasaki Ninja 1990 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 750

1990 Kawasaki Ninja  1990 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 750
Current price:
$1,425.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
23
Ends in:
0d 16h 20m
Seller: eBay

Touring 2016 Harley-Davidson FLTRU - Road Glide Ultra Used

Touring  2016 Harley-Davidson FLTRU - Road Glide Ultra Used
Price:
$1,525.00
Type:
Fixed price
Bids:
5
Ends in:
0d 16h 52m
Seller: eBay

1971 Norton Commando 1971 Norton Commando Motorcycle

1971 Norton Commando  1971 Norton Commando Motorcycle
Current price:
$2,225.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
8
Ends in:
0d 17h 37m
Seller: eBay

1968 BSA SHOOTING STAR 1968 BSA SHOOTING STAR 441 PROJECT BIKE

1968 BSA SHOOTING STAR  1968 BSA SHOOTING STAR 441 PROJECT BIKE
Current price:
$510.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
15
Ends in:
0d 17h 47m
Seller: eBay

1973 Yamaha TX750 1973 YAMAHA TX750 1 OWNER 7,751 ACTUAL MILES! TITLE IS LOST.

1973 Yamaha TX750  1973 YAMAHA TX750 1 OWNER 7,751 ACTUAL MILES! TITLE IS LOST.
Current price:
$305.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
7
Ends in:
0d 20h 27m
Seller: eBay

1970 Norton Commando Dunstall 810

1970 Norton Commando  Dunstall 810
Current price:
$5,000.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
1
Ends in:
0d 22h 5m
Seller: eBay

2014 Harley-Davidson Touring 2014 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Limited

2014 Harley-Davidson Touring  2014 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Limited
Current price:
$13,500.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
1d 0h 56m
Seller: eBay

1970 Honda CB 1970 Honda CB175

1970 Honda CB  1970 Honda CB175
Current price:
$1,175.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
7
Ends in:
1d 6h 17m
Seller: eBay

Touring 2016 Harley-Davidson Touring FLHTK - Ultra Limited Used

Touring  2016 Harley-Davidson Touring FLHTK - Ultra Limited Used
Price:
$21,995.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
1d 6h 46m
Seller: eBay

1967 BSA Barracuda 1967 BSA C25 Barracuda 250 Project Clean Title

1967 BSA Barracuda  1967 BSA C25 Barracuda 250 Project Clean Title
Current price:
$660.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
16
Ends in:
1d 6h 50m
Seller: eBay
 
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British and European bikes often make good projects, as parts availability in many cases is good, with re-manufactured parts available for several famous marques. Older Japanese machines can be much more difficult, with many parts now unobtainable or so rare that prices can be very high making an economical restoration very difficult. Joining the relevant owners club is a great first step before embarking on a restoration project. Club members will share their enthusiasm and knowledge, and importantly can be a great source for hard to find parts.

If you are looking for a motorcycle to restore you should always check it out carefully first. One of the most important factors to consider is just how complete and original the bike is. If you are buying the proverbial ‘box-of-bits’ you really need to make sure that it’s all there before parting with your cash. Missing or non-standard parts will lead to frustration and added expense. Consider also whether the bike is actually worth restoring. In many cases the cost of the rebuild can far surpass the eventual value of the bike, though judging by some of the many superbly (and expensively!) restored examples you will see at classic bike shows, this doesn’t always put a keen restorer off!

Perhaps the most important thing to consider may actually be the most obvious. Choose a bike you really love and you will gain immense satisfaction from the work and hopefully end up with a machine you can be proud of.