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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1966 Honda S90 1966 Honda S90 Vintage Motorcycle Running Project Bike With Parts

1966 Honda S90  1966 Honda S90 Vintage Motorcycle Running Project Bike With Parts
Price:
$1,150.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 13h 0m
Seller: eBay

2013 Suzuki GSX-R 2013 suzuki GSXR 600 project

2013 Suzuki GSX-R  2013 suzuki GSXR 600 project
Current price:
$2,300.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
4d 2h 8m
Seller: eBay

1973 Honda XR Honda 1973 XR 75 Great Project Bike, Mostly Complete

1973 Honda XR  Honda 1973 XR 75 Great Project Bike,   Mostly Complete
Current price:
$760.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
5
Ends in:
4d 8h 0m
Seller: eBay

1971 Honda cl175 honda cl175 barn find in running condition

1971 Honda cl175  honda cl175 barn find in running condition
Price:
$999.99
Type:
Fixed price
Bids:
0
Ends in:
4d 11h 47m
Seller: eBay

1973 Honda CB750 Vintage 1973 Honda CB750 CB 750 Motorcycle Parts Project No 44

1973 Honda CB750  Vintage 1973 Honda CB750 CB 750 Motorcycle Parts Project No 44
Current price:
$720.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
10
Ends in:
4d 13h 23m
Seller: eBay

1973 Honda CB750 Vintage 1973 Honda CB750 CB 750 Motorcycle Parts Project No 45

1973 Honda CB750  Vintage 1973 Honda CB750 CB 750 Motorcycle Parts Project No 45
Current price:
$1,025.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
17
Ends in:
4d 13h 27m
Seller: eBay

1974 Honda CB 750 Vintage 1974 Honda CB750 CB 750 Motorcycle Parts Project No 47

1974 Honda CB 750  Vintage 1974 Honda CB750 CB 750 Motorcycle Parts Project No 47
Current price:
$575.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
5
Ends in:
4d 13h 35m
Seller: eBay

1971 Honda CB 750 Vintage 1971 Honda CB750 CB 750 Motorcycle Parts Project No 49

1971 Honda CB 750  Vintage 1971 Honda CB750 CB 750 Motorcycle Parts Project No 49
Current price:
$1,474.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
21
Ends in:
4d 13h 43m
Seller: eBay

1971 Honda CB Vintage 1971 Honda CB750 CB 750 Motorcycle Parts Project No 50

1971 Honda CB  Vintage 1971 Honda CB750 CB 750 Motorcycle Parts Project No 50
Current price:
$710.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
9
Ends in:
4d 13h 47m
Seller: eBay

1984 Yamaha TT Yamaha, Yamaha TT600, GREAT project bike

1984 Yamaha TT  Yamaha, Yamaha TT600, GREAT project bike
Current price:
$1,795.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
4d 13h 59m
Seller: eBay

1977 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1977 Sportster project bike

1977 Harley-Davidson Sportster  1977 Sportster project bike
Current price:
$930.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
8
Ends in:
5d 3h 57m
Seller: eBay

1980 Honda CB 1980 HONDA CB750F MOTORCYCLE PROJECT BIKE CLEAN WITH TITLE CB 750 VINTAGE PA

1980 Honda CB  1980 HONDA CB750F MOTORCYCLE PROJECT BIKE CLEAN WITH TITLE CB 750 VINTAGE PA
Current price:
$1,000.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
1
Ends in:
5d 4h 37m
Seller: eBay

1988 Yamaha FZR 1988 Yamaha FZR 1000 custom build project

1988 Yamaha FZR  1988 Yamaha FZR 1000 custom build project
Current price:
$1,000.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
5d 7h 0m
Seller: eBay

1983 Honda CR 1983 Honda CR125R Motocross Dirt Bike NOT RUNNING GREAT PROJECT

1983 Honda CR  1983 Honda CR125R Motocross Dirt Bike NOT RUNNING GREAT PROJECT
Current price:
$799.99
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
5d 11h 32m
Seller: eBay

1969 BSA 1969 BSA Lightning Parts Bike Project

1969 BSA  1969 BSA Lightning Parts Bike Project
Current price:
$1,500.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
5d 14h 33m
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.