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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2003 Honda CR honda cr125 project bike factory connection engine

2003 Honda CR  honda cr125 project bike factory connection engine
Price:
$700.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 0h 34m
Seller: eBay

1971 Honda CB EARLY 1970 'S HONDA CB750 VINTAGE NOSTALGIA DRAG BIKE 71 ? CB 750 NO RESERVE

1971 Honda CB  EARLY 1970 'S HONDA CB750 VINTAGE NOSTALGIA DRAG BIKE 71 ? CB 750  NO RESERVE
Current price:
$426.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
26
Ends in:
0d 7h 34m
Seller: eBay

1972 Norton comando Norton Comando

1972 Norton comando  Norton Comando
Price:
$5,000.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 9h 34m
Seller: eBay

1981 Husqvarna 1981 Husqvarna XC430 - Nice core bike!

1981 Husqvarna  1981 Husqvarna XC430 - Nice core bike!
Price:
$2,275.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 10h 56m
Seller: eBay

FLHTCUTG - Tri Glide® Ultra -- 2014 Harley-Davidson® FLHTCUTG - Tri Glide® Ultra

FLHTCUTG - Tri Glide® Ultra -- 2014 Harley-Davidson® FLHTCUTG - Tri Glide® Ultra
Current price:
$4,050.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
8
Ends in:
0d 11h 22m
Seller: eBay

Trike 2014 Harley-Davidson Trike TRI Glide , BLACKED OUT, READY TO GO!

Trike  2014 Harley-Davidson Trike TRI Glide , BLACKED OUT, READY TO GO!
Price:
$24,995.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 13h 37m
Seller: eBay

Touring 2009 Harley-Davidson Touring Electra Glide Ultra Classic Used

Touring  2009 Harley-Davidson Touring Electra Glide Ultra Classic Used
Price:
$500.00
Type:
Fixed price
Bids:
1
Ends in:
0d 13h 45m
Seller: eBay

Touring 2015 Harley-Davidson Touring Street Glide Used

Touring  2015 Harley-Davidson Touring Street Glide Used
Price:
$10,000.00
Type:
Fixed price
Bids:
10
Ends in:
0d 13h 50m
Seller: eBay

1989 Honda CR 1989 Honda CR250 R

1989 Honda CR  1989 Honda CR250 R
Price:
$1,700.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 15h 39m
Seller: eBay

2001 Honda Valkyrie 2001 HONDA VALKYRIE. 9K MILES. HAS NOT STARTED SINCE 2011 - PROJECT

2001 Honda Valkyrie  2001 HONDA VALKYRIE. 9K MILES. HAS NOT STARTED SINCE 2011 - PROJECT
Current price:
$3,550.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
5
Ends in:
0d 15h 50m
Seller: eBay

2014 Harley-Davidson Touring 2014 Harley Davidson StreetGlide Touring Motorcycle

2014 Harley-Davidson Touring  2014 Harley Davidson StreetGlide Touring Motorcycle
Price:
$5,795.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 15h 55m
Seller: eBay

2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800 tradale 800 ABS

2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800  tradale 800 ABS
Price:
$5,600.00
Type:
Fixed price
Bids:
24
Ends in:
0d 18h 7m
Seller: eBay

1964 Harley-Davidson Duo-Glide 1964 Harley Davidson FLH Duo-Glide, Panhead

1964 Harley-Davidson Duo-Glide  1964 Harley Davidson FLH Duo-Glide, Panhead
Price:
$12,000.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 18h 51m
Seller: eBay

1956 Triumph Trophy 1956 TR6 Triumph Motorcyle

1956 Triumph Trophy  1956 TR6 Triumph Motorcyle
Price:
$11,500.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 20h 27m
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.