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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1968 Harley-Davidson SERVI CAR 1968 45 servicar .. project .. low starting bid ..NO RESERVE

1968 Harley-Davidson SERVI CAR  1968 45 servicar ..  project ..  low starting bid ..NO RESERVE
Current price:
$3,100.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
4
Ends in:
2d 10h 46m
Seller: eBay

1964 Honda C200 1964 Honda 90 Model C200 Basket Case Motorcycle

1964 Honda C200  1964 Honda 90 Model C200 Basket Case Motorcycle
Current price:
$550.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
2d 11h 1m
Seller: eBay

1977 Honda CB 1977 Honda CB750K Project - NO TITLE---- NO RESERVE!

1977 Honda CB  1977 Honda CB750K Project - NO TITLE---- NO RESERVE!
Current price:
$172.50
Type:
Auction
Bids:
9
Ends in:
5d 10h 20m
Seller: eBay

1912 Other Makes 1912 PRE WAR MOTORCYCLE PROJECT - ROYAL RUBY-SPARKBROOK MOTORBIKE

1912 Other Makes  1912 PRE WAR MOTORCYCLE PROJECT - ROYAL RUBY-SPARKBROOK MOTORBIKE
Current price:
$2,801.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
8
Ends in:
6d 18h 13m
Seller: eBay

1979 Honda CB Vintage 1979 Honda CB750 CB 750 F Super Sport Motorcycle Parts Project No 46

1979 Honda CB  Vintage 1979 Honda CB750 CB 750 F Super Sport Motorcycle Parts Project No 46
Current price:
$599.99
Type:
Auction
Bids:
1
Ends in:
7d 19h 39m
Seller: eBay

1959 BMW BMW R60 VW Conversion 1959 BMW R60 / VW CONVERSION PROJECT

1959 BMW BMW R60 VW Conversion  1959 BMW R60 / VW CONVERSION PROJECT
Price:
$200.00
Type:
Fixed price
Bids:
2
Ends in:
8d 17h 48m
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.