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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1970 Yamaha RT1 1970 Yamaha RT1 360 Enduro Project ,matching numbers , with title ,rare

1970 Yamaha RT1  1970 Yamaha RT1  360 Enduro Project  ,matching numbers , with title ,rare
Current price:
$1,825.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
2
Ends in:
0d 2h 50m
Seller: eBay

1966 Norton Atlas 1966 Norton Atlas Project

1966 Norton Atlas  1966 Norton Atlas Project
Price:
$3,200.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 23h 21m
Seller: eBay

1972 Kawasaki H2 750 1971 Kawasaki H2 750 - PROJECT BIKE

1972 Kawasaki H2 750  1971 Kawasaki H2 750 - PROJECT BIKE
Current price:
$5,655.67
Type:
Auction
Bids:
3
Ends in:
1d 5h 14m
Seller: eBay

1971 Honda CB 1970-71 Honda CB 750 Project

1971 Honda CB  1970-71 Honda CB 750 Project
Current price:
$999.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
1
Ends in:
3d 0h 43m
Seller: eBay

1989 Kawasaki 180 Kawasaki 100 motorcycle 180 miles ! ! Easy project

1989 Kawasaki 180  Kawasaki 100 motorcycle 180 miles ! !  Easy project
Current price:
$950.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
3d 6h 26m
Seller: eBay

1967 Triumph Trophy 1967 triumph tr6c trophy desert sled original California bike project

1967 Triumph Trophy  1967 triumph tr6c trophy desert sled original California bike project
Current price:
$1,660.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
5
Ends in:
3d 10h 31m
Seller: eBay

1964 Triumph Trophy 1964 Triumph Trophy TR6R Project

1964 Triumph Trophy  1964 Triumph Trophy TR6R Project
Price:
$4,000.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
5d 10h 21m
Seller: eBay

Other Makes: DKW Auto Union 1958 DKW Auto Union RT175 VS Motorcycle Project

Other Makes: DKW Auto Union 1958 DKW Auto Union RT175 VS Motorcycle Project
Current price:
$754.89
Type:
Auction
Bids:
1
Ends in:
6d 8h 1m
Seller: eBay

2020 Harley-Davidson Glory Road New 2020 chopper project bike.

2020 Harley-Davidson Glory Road  New 2020 chopper project bike.
Price:
$1,999.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
6d 22h 34m
Seller: eBay

1973 Harley-Davidson FL/FX 1973 Harley Davidson Shovelhead Project FL/FX w/Title

1973 Harley-Davidson FL/FX  1973 Harley Davidson Shovelhead Project FL/FX w/Title
Price:
$6,700.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
19d 0h 44m
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.