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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1976 BMW BMW R90s 1976 BMW R90s Project

1976 BMW BMW R90s  1976 BMW R90s Project
Price:
$8,500.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 18h 40m
Seller: eBay

2005 HD Custom HD 88B Custom Chopper Project NO RESERVE

2005 HD Custom  HD 88B Custom Chopper Project NO RESERVE
Current price:
$1,225.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
15
Ends in:
1d 21h 5m
Seller: eBay

1974 Yamaha DT360A 1974 YAMAHA DT360A DT 360 ENDURO MOTORCYCLE PROJECT RARE 1 YEAR ONLY MATCHING

1974 Yamaha DT360A  1974 YAMAHA DT360A DT 360 ENDURO MOTORCYCLE PROJECT RARE 1 YEAR ONLY MATCHING
Current price:
$1,199.95
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
1d 22h 58m
Seller: eBay

1985 Honda XL100S 1985 HONDA XL100S XL 100 MOTORCYCLE PROJECT

1985 Honda XL100S  1985 HONDA XL100S XL 100 MOTORCYCLE PROJECT
Current price:
$799.95
Type:
Auction
Bids:
2
Ends in:
1d 23h 10m
Seller: eBay

1978 Honda XR 1978 HONDA XR 75 RUNNING PROJECT

1978 Honda XR  1978  HONDA XR 75 RUNNING PROJECT
Price:
$1,295.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
2d 0h 4m
Seller: eBay

1967 Ducati Other 1967 DUCATI 250M3 DIANA PROJECT AHRMA

1967 Ducati Other  1967 DUCATI 250M3 DIANA PROJECT AHRMA
Price:
$4,699.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
2d 2h 8m
Seller: eBay

1972 Honda CL Honda CL175 Project Bike

1972 Honda CL  Honda CL175 Project Bike
Current price:
$500.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
3d 23h 58m
Seller: eBay

1971 Bonneville 1971 Triumph 5 Speed Bonneville 650 T120RV - Titled Project - Ship Worldwide!

1971 Bonneville  1971 Triumph 5 Speed Bonneville 650 T120RV - Titled Project - Ship Worldwide!
Current price:
$1,814.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
8
Ends in:
4d 1h 20m
Seller: eBay

1974 Honda XL-175 Barn Find Vintage 1974 Honda XL175 Enduro Dual-sport Motorcycle Dirt Bike

1974 Honda XL-175  Barn Find Vintage 1974 Honda XL175  Enduro Dual-sport Motorcycle Dirt Bike
Current price:
$514.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
4
Ends in:
5d 1h 48m
Seller: eBay

1939 Harley-Davidson Other 1939 HARLEY DAVIDSON KNUCKLEHEAD EL BARN FIND

1939 Harley-Davidson Other  1939 HARLEY DAVIDSON KNUCKLEHEAD EL BARN FIND
Price:
$48,600.00
Type:
Fixed price
Bids:
17
Ends in:
5d 1h 49m
Seller: eBay

1973 Honda XR 1973 HONDA XR75 PROJECT VINTAGE AHRMA OLDSCHOOL

1973 Honda XR  1973 HONDA XR75 PROJECT VINTAGE AHRMA OLDSCHOOL
Current price:
$610.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
3
Ends in:
5d 2h 22m
Seller: eBay

1970 BMW R-Series 1970 R50/5 Barn Find

1970 BMW R-Series  1970 R50/5 Barn Find
Current price:
$500.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
5d 23h 8m
Seller: eBay

1961 Ducati Bronco Bronco Ducati 1961? 125 cc 4-stroke: PROJECT

1961 Ducati Bronco  Bronco Ducati 1961? 125 cc 4-stroke: PROJECT
Current price:
$50.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
1
Ends in:
6d 3h 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.