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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1978 Yamaha SR500 1978 Yamaha SR500 SR 500 Project Bike

1978 Yamaha SR500  1978 Yamaha SR500 SR 500 Project Bike
Price:
$500.00
Type:
Fixed price
Bids:
0
Ends in:
0d 4h 31m
Seller: eBay

1966 Ducati SCR 250 SCRAMBLER 1966 Ducati SCR 250 Scrambler DM250 Garage Barn Find NO RESERVE

1966 Ducati SCR 250 SCRAMBLER  1966 Ducati SCR 250 Scrambler DM250 Garage Barn Find NO RESERVE
Current price:
$1,375.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
11
Ends in:
0d 8h 6m
Seller: eBay

2000 Yamaha YZF-R 2000 Yamaha YZF-R6 Great Project Bike Not Running

2000 Yamaha YZF-R  2000 Yamaha YZF-R6  Great Project Bike Not Running
Current price:
$120.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
7
Ends in:
2d 3h 8m
Seller: eBay

2016 KTM SX -f 2016 KTM 250 SX-F Repairable Project

2016 KTM SX -f  2016 KTM 250 SX-F Repairable Project
Price:
$2,700.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
2d 19h 35m
Seller: eBay

1968 Ducati SCR 250 SCRAMBLER 1968 Ducati SCR 250 Scrambler DM250 Garage Barn Find NO RESERVE

1968 Ducati SCR 250 SCRAMBLER  1968 Ducati SCR 250 Scrambler DM250 Garage Barn Find NO RESERVE
Current price:
$1,950.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
22
Ends in:
5d 8h 5m
Seller: eBay

1982 Honda CBX 1982 Honda CBX SUPER RARE Original Garage Barn Find

1982 Honda CBX  1982 Honda CBX SUPER RARE Original Garage Barn Find
Current price:
$4,100.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
26
Ends in:
5d 8h 13m
Seller: eBay

1922 Harley-Davidson J 1922 J Basket Case

1922 Harley-Davidson J  1922 J Basket Case
Price:
$9,500.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
5d 23h 56m
Seller: eBay

1981 Kawasaki KZ-1300 kawasaki racing project

1981 Kawasaki KZ-1300  kawasaki racing project
Current price:
$500.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
6d 7h 19m
Seller: eBay

1975 Suzuki t500 1975 Suzuki T500 Coronado Blue - Project Bike

1975 Suzuki t500  1975 Suzuki T500 Coronado Blue - Project Bike
Price:
$2,100.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
6d 18h 33m
Seller: eBay

1994 Suzuki GS 1994 Suzuki GS 500 e GS500 Project Bike Cafe Racer

1994 Suzuki GS  1994 Suzuki GS 500 e GS500 Project Bike Cafe Racer
Price:
$950.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
22d 22h 4m
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.