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 Ossa Sport 250 1970 OSSA 250 sport cafe racer barn find with extras one owner

1970 Ossa Sport 250  1970 OSSA 250 sport cafe racer barn find with extras one owner
Current price:
$3,600.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
28
Ends in:
1d 11h 24m
Seller: eBay

1985 Yamaha YZ Yamaha yz490 runs good great restore bike

1985 Yamaha YZ  Yamaha yz490 runs good great restore bike
Price:
$1,700.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
2d 0h 56m
Seller: eBay

2001 Suzuki Other uzuki Gz 250 gz250 Starter Bike First Bike Cruiser Metric Project Bobber

2001 Suzuki Other  uzuki Gz 250 gz250 Starter Bike First Bike Cruiser Metric Project Bobber
Current price:
$400.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
2
Ends in:
2d 8h 8m
Seller: eBay

1968 Honda CB 1968 HONDA CB450K1 CB450 PROJECT + $10K IN NOS PARTS

1968 Honda CB  1968 HONDA CB450K1 CB450 PROJECT + $10K IN NOS PARTS
Price:
$7,500.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
2d 12h 26m
Seller: eBay

1966 Honda CL (2) All Original Barn Find 1966 Honda CL77 305 Scramblers, Complete W/ Titles

1966 Honda CL  (2) All Original Barn Find 1966 Honda CL77 305 Scramblers, Complete W/ Titles
Current price:
$3,300.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
35
Ends in:
2d 13h 54m
Seller: eBay

1949 Norton 1949 NORTON DOMINATOR Model 7 Project Totally rebuilt motor with receipts FRAME

1949 Norton  1949 NORTON DOMINATOR Model 7 Project Totally rebuilt motor with receipts FRAME
Current price:
$1,600.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
4d 11h 6m
Seller: eBay

1974 Yamaha MX360 Vintage 1974 Yamaha MX360 MX 360 Two Stroke - Complete Project or Parts Bike

1974 Yamaha MX360  Vintage 1974 Yamaha MX360 MX 360 Two Stroke - Complete Project or Parts Bike
Current price:
$700.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
4d 11h 41m
Seller: eBay

1980 Honda CR Vintage 1980 Honda CR80R CR 80 - Complete - Project or Parts Bike Motorcross

1980 Honda CR  Vintage 1980 Honda CR80R CR 80 - Complete - Project or Parts Bike Motorcross
Current price:
$400.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
4d 11h 42m
Seller: eBay

1964 Norton Electra 1964 Norton Electra Project

1964 Norton Electra  1964 Norton  Electra Project
Price:
$395.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
5d 4h 46m
Seller: eBay

2003 Custom Built Motorcycles YZF600R Custom 330 Avon Fat Tire Street Chopper Project Motorcycle

2003 Custom Built Motorcycles YZF600R  Custom 330 Avon Fat Tire Street Chopper Project Motorcycle
Current price:
$4,500.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
6d 12h 51m
Seller: eBay

1953 BMW R-Series 1953 BMW R25/2 Garage Barn Find not R26 R27 R60 R50 R69 NO RESERVE

1953 BMW R-Series  1953 BMW R25/2 Garage Barn Find not R26 R27 R60 R50 R69 NO RESERVE
Current price:
$305.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
3
Ends in:
6d 13h 54m
Seller: eBay

1972 Suzuki GT750 solid project 1972 Suzuki GT750 solid project

1972 Suzuki GT750 solid project 1972 Suzuki GT750 solid project
Price:
$2,138.96
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
29d 3h 25m
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.