Motorcycle Restoration:

Motorcycle Restoration: The Right Way to Start a Restoration Project

Motorcycle Restoration:


Motorcycle restoration is a type of hobby that can be very time consuming and also one that will require you to have a lot of patience. It is also a type of hobby where you may need to spend a lot of money on. If this sounds like a lot of work for you, then you might want to consider getting a different hobby. However, if you don’t care about the work involved in motorcycle restoration and you have all the time and money for it, then you will surely love restoring motorcycles especially vintage or classic bikes.

motorcycle restoration - 1947 Indian Chief motorcycle with factory sidecar

The great thing about restoring a motorcycle is that you can (SOMETIMES) cut corners during the restoration process and get your bike on the road as soon as possible. This is because you can always get your bike back in the workshop and replace the second-rate parts you installed with genuine originals.

So, you really don’t have to spend a lot of money when you are restoring a motorcycle. You can always install second rate parts and replace them later with genuine originals or high-quality replicas when you get the money for it.

You also have to keep in mind that motorcycle restoration is more than just a spray can paint job. It’s also more than just buying it a new set of wheels. You have to remember that restoring a classic or vintage motorcycle means that you have to fix everything about it including the engine. This means that you should have more than just a pretty bike. When restoring a motorcycle, you need to have a mechanically sound and reliable motorcycle as well, which you can safely ride around town.

Motorcycle Restoration: restore a vintage or classic motorcycle

In order for you to restore a motorcycle completely, you need to disassemble it down to the frame. You also have to give it a thorough clean, rebuild or replace parts, re-chrome, professional body work, and paint. If you do a poor paintjob on the body of your motorcycle, especially on the gas tank, you’ll end up with a bad restoration work on an otherwise great restoration project.

The project will also involve re-lacing of spoke wheels as well as new seat foam and cover. You should also keep in mind that the engine is very important. You may need to overhaul or rebuild the engine as well as make some upgrades on the electrical system.

If you are trying to restore a vintage or classic motorcycle, always remember that finding parts for it will be very hard to do. In fact, some people travel across the country or even abroad just to get a hold of the part they need in order to restore their bike.

Once you get all the parts you need to restore your bike, you have to remember that after you strip down the bike down to its frame, the first thing that you need to do is take the engine in to an engine shop. Here, they will be able to rebuild your engine and make it as good as new again.

Motorcycle Restoration: restore a vintage or classic motorcycle

These are some of the things that you need to do in order to start your motorcycle restoration project the proper way. Always remember that motorcycle restoration is one of the best types of hobbies today. It’s also a type of hobby where you are really investing on the bike. Once you get your vintage or classic bike fully restored, you can sell it on auctions for profit.

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