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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1984 Kawasaki GPZ1100 1984 Kawasaki GPZ1100 Unitrack

1984 Kawasaki GPZ1100  1984 Kawasaki GPZ1100 Unitrack
Current price:
$2,624.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
32
Ends in:
0d 1h 5m
Seller: eBay

1984 Kawasaki GPZ550 1984 Kawasaki GPZ550 Unitrack

1984 Kawasaki GPZ550  1984 Kawasaki GPZ550 Unitrack
Current price:
$839.89
Type:
Auction
Bids:
19
Ends in:
0d 1h 5m
Seller: eBay

1965 Suzuki Other 1965 Suzuki 150 twin

1965 Suzuki Other  1965 Suzuki 150 twin
Current price:
$570.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
7
Ends in:
0d 1h 18m
Seller: eBay

1968 Hodaka Bonanza BONANZA HODAKA ACE 100 Mini Bike

1968 Hodaka Bonanza  BONANZA HODAKA ACE 100 Mini Bike
Current price:
$1,525.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
27
Ends in:
0d 1h 50m
Seller: eBay

1961 Triumph Other Triumph 1961,Tr6c scrambler pre-unit 70's chopper survivor

1961 Triumph Other  Triumph 1961,Tr6c scrambler pre-unit 70's chopper survivor
Price:
$2,000.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 2h 5m
Seller: eBay

1990 Suzuki GSX-R 1990 SUZUKI GSXR 400 COLLECTOR BIKE SUPER RARE RGV RG GREY BIKE L@@K!!

1990 Suzuki GSX-R  1990 SUZUKI GSXR 400 COLLECTOR BIKE SUPER RARE RGV RG GREY BIKE L@@K!!
Current price:
$2,325.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
5
Ends in:
0d 3h 41m
Seller: eBay

1975 Suzuki GT750 LeMans; liquid-cooled 2-stroke triple

1975 Suzuki GT750  LeMans; liquid-cooled 2-stroke triple
Price:
$6,222.22
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 5h 13m
Seller: eBay

1948 Harley-Davidson WL 1948 HARLEY DAVIDSON WL 45

1948 Harley-Davidson WL  1948 HARLEY DAVIDSON WL 45
Current price:
$14,100.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
23
Ends in:
0d 5h 24m
Seller: eBay

2004 Harley-Davidson Touring 2004 Road King Custom

2004 Harley-Davidson Touring  2004 Road King Custom
Price:
$7,500.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 13h 10m
Seller: eBay

FLTRXS - Road Glide® Special 2016 Harley-Davidson FLTRXS - Road Glide Special Used

FLTRXS - Road Glide® Special  2016 Harley-Davidson FLTRXS - Road Glide Special Used
Price:
$21,495.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 13h 10m
Seller: eBay

Trike 2016 Harley-Davidson Trike FLHTCUTG - Tri Glide Ultra Used

Trike  2016 Harley-Davidson Trike FLHTCUTG - Tri Glide Ultra Used
Price:
$33,499.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 13h 16m
Seller: eBay

FLHR - Road King® 2016 Harley-Davidson FLHR - Road King Used

FLHR - Road King®  2016 Harley-Davidson FLHR - Road King Used
Price:
$15,995.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 14h 36m
Seller: eBay

Touring 2015 Harley-Davidson Touring FLHTKL - Ultra Limited Low Used

Touring  2015 Harley-Davidson Touring FLHTKL - Ultra Limited Low Used
Price:
$20,957.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
0d 14h 42m
Seller: eBay

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 2012 Kawasaki Ninja EX 250 J Only 312 Miles Red

2012 Kawasaki Ninja  2012 Kawasaki Ninja EX 250 J Only 312 Miles Red
Current price:
$1,750.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
0d 15h 23m
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.