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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1983 Suzuki Other 1983 SUZUKI GS1100ES PROJECT w TITLE gs1100 es

1983 Suzuki Other  1983 SUZUKI GS1100ES PROJECT w TITLE gs1100 es
Current price:
$1,000.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
0d 8h 26m
Seller: eBay

1947 Harley-Davidson FL Knucklehead 1947 FL knucklehead barn find survivor original

1947 Harley-Davidson FL Knucklehead  1947 FL knucklehead barn find survivor original
Current price:
$27,700.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
44
Ends in:
1d 6h 32m
Seller: eBay

1978 Honda CB Honda CB550 Four Running Ready to Ride or Restore

1978 Honda CB  Honda CB550 Four Running Ready to Ride or Restore
Current price:
$1,275.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
3
Ends in:
1d 20h 46m
Seller: eBay

1983 Suzuki GS 1983 Suzuki GS850 Project bike

1983 Suzuki GS  1983 Suzuki GS850 Project bike
Price:
$650.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
1d 22h 19m
Seller: eBay

2000 Honda CBR 2000 Honda CBR929RR Project Bike

2000 Honda CBR  2000 Honda CBR929RR Project Bike
Current price:
$929.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
1
Ends in:
2d 0h 51m
Seller: eBay

1994 Suzuki GS 1994 Suzuki Gs500E project bike

1994 Suzuki GS  1994 Suzuki Gs500E project bike
Current price:
$305.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
43
Ends in:
2d 1h 9m
Seller: eBay

1972 Triumph Bonneville 1972 Triumph Bonneville Barn Find Survivor T120R

1972 Triumph Bonneville  1972 Triumph Bonneville Barn Find Survivor T120R
Current price:
$3,500.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
17
Ends in:
3d 1h 55m
Seller: eBay

1993 Suzuki Intruder 1993 Suzuki Intruder 1400 Project

1993 Suzuki Intruder  1993 Suzuki Intruder 1400 Project
Price:
$600.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
3d 4h 1m
Seller: eBay

1977 Honda CB RARE 1977 HONDA CB400F FOUR CYLINDER MOTORCYCLE FOR PARTS OR RESTORE NICE BIKE

1977 Honda CB  RARE 1977 HONDA CB400F FOUR CYLINDER MOTORCYCLE FOR PARTS OR RESTORE NICE BIKE
Current price:
$1,160.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
35
Ends in:
4d 6h 42m
Seller: eBay

1973 BMW R-Series 1973 BMW R60/5 Original Kick Start & Electric Garage Barn Find NO RESERVE

1973 BMW R-Series  1973 BMW R60/5 Original Kick Start & Electric Garage Barn Find NO RESERVE
Current price:
$1,025.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
14
Ends in:
4d 7h 33m
Seller: eBay

1984 Harley-Davidson Touring 1984 harley-davidson electra glide fltc/ PROJECT

1984 Harley-Davidson Touring  1984 harley-davidson electra glide fltc/ PROJECT
Price:
$2,000.00
Type:
Fixed price
Bids:
0
Ends in:
5d 17h 31m
Seller: eBay

1980 Suzuki GS 1980 Suzuki GS-750 Project Cafe Chopper Bobber

1980 Suzuki GS  1980 Suzuki GS-750 Project Cafe Chopper Bobber
Price:
$750.00
Type:
Fixed price
Ends in:
5d 20h 45m
Seller: eBay

Custom Built Motorcycles Other custom built trike project

Custom Built Motorcycles Other  custom built trike project
Current price:
$1,150.00
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
5d 21h 14m
Seller: eBay

1964 Honda CA VINTAGE 1964 HONDA DREAM 305 MOTORCYCLE FOR PARTS OR RESTORE W/TITLE CA 77 78

1964 Honda CA  VINTAGE 1964 HONDA DREAM 305 MOTORCYCLE FOR PARTS OR RESTORE W/TITLE CA 77 78
Current price:
$399.99
Type:
Auction
Bids:
0
Ends in:
5d 21h 48m
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.