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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2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 2008 kawasaki Vulcan meanstreak 1600 SE

2008 Kawasaki Vulcan  2008 kawasaki Vulcan meanstreak 1600 SE
Price:
$2,880.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 10h 16m
Seller: eBay

1966 Triumph Other 1966 triumph motorcycle,650cc.

1966 Triumph Other  1966 triumph motorcycle,650cc.
Price:
$3,800.00
Type:
Fixed price
Bids:
0
Ends in:
0d 11h 12m
Seller: eBay

Touring 2015 Harley-Davidson Touring Street Glide Special Used

Touring  2015 Harley-Davidson Touring Street Glide Special Used
Price:
$520.00
Type:
Fixed price
Bids:
2
Ends in:
0d 11h 28m
Seller: eBay

1973 Honda CB 1973 cafe,bobber cb 750 honda

1973 Honda CB  1973 cafe,bobber cb 750 honda
Price:
$4,000.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 11h 45m
Seller: eBay

1965 BSA A65 1965 BSA A65

1965 BSA A65  1965 BSA A65
Current price:
$6,000.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
0d 13h 7m
Seller: eBay

1984 Honda Gold Wing HONDA GOLDWING,GL1200 ASPENCADE,HONDA GL1200 ASPENCADE, GOLDWING,HONDA

1984 Honda Gold Wing  HONDA GOLDWING,GL1200 ASPENCADE,HONDA GL1200 ASPENCADE, GOLDWING,HONDA
Current price:
$1,700.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
11
Ends in:
0d 13h 43m
Seller: eBay

1985 Honda Shadow 1985 Honda Shadow VT700C. Restored beauty

1985 Honda Shadow  1985 Honda Shadow VT700C. Restored beauty
Price:
$2,549.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 14h 1m
Seller: eBay

2000 Harley-Davidson Softail 2000 harley davidson springer softail

2000 Harley-Davidson Softail  2000 harley davidson springer softail
Price:
$6,000.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 14h 43m
Seller: eBay

2000 Yamaha Road Star 2000 Yamaha Road Star

2000 Yamaha Road Star  2000 Yamaha Road Star
Current price:
$2,600.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
3
Ends in:
0d 15h 29m
Seller: eBay

1973 Honda CB 1973 Honda cb750

1973 Honda CB  1973 Honda cb750
Current price:
$3,159.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
9
Ends in:
0d 16h 25m
Seller: eBay

1980 Harley-Davidson Touring 1980 SHOVELHEAD FLH WITH SIDECAR

1980 Harley-Davidson Touring  1980 SHOVELHEAD FLH WITH SIDECAR
Price:
$10,700.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 16h 27m
Seller: eBay

1970 Honda Z50 1970 Honda z50 NO RESERVE

1970 Honda Z50  1970 Honda z50 NO RESERVE
Current price:
$430.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
37
Ends in:
0d 17h 21m
Seller: eBay

1969 Honda Z50 1969 Honda z50 NO RESERVE

1969 Honda Z50  1969 Honda z50 NO RESERVE
Current price:
$405.50
Type:
Auction
Bids:
32
Ends in:
0d 17h 29m
Seller: eBay

1975 Honda Rickman Metisse 1975 RICKMAN METISSE CR750 HONDA CB750 PROJECT

1975 Honda Rickman Metisse  1975  RICKMAN METISSE CR750 HONDA CB750 PROJECT
Price:
$4,500.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 22h 29m
Seller: eBay

1999 Custom Built Motorcycles Chopper 99 Custom Chopper Mechanics Dream

1999 Custom Built Motorcycles Chopper  99 Custom Chopper Mechanics Dream
Current price:
$3,500.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
1d 7h 15m
Seller: eBay

1956 BMW R-Series 1956 BMW R50

1956 BMW R-Series  1956 BMW R50
Price:
$22,500.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
1d 7h 40m
Seller: eBay

1957 Ural M72 M1S 1957 IMZ-Ural M72 M1S (1938 BMW R71 Clone)

1957 Ural M72 M1S  1957 IMZ-Ural M72 M1S (1938 BMW R71 Clone)
Price:
$7,995.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
1d 12h 24m
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.