When it comes to motorcycles, the classics are hard to pass up. Older models are a gem to be treasured, however, sometimes they come in not the best conditions. When this is the case, rebuilding them is the only option. Rebuilding a bike can seem scary and overwhelming at first, but there are a few tips and tricks to make it a little less of a challenge:
Look Over the Service Manual
In order to properly rebuild a motorcycle, it’s important to get your hands on the service manual. Depending on how old the bike is, this may be a bit of a challenge. But if you are looking to rebuild everything correctly for the bike to run the right way, it’s very important to have. The manual is a complete guide of everything you need to know from changing your oil to completely rebuilding the engine.
Know the Damage
After reviewing the manual and before beginning on restoring the bike, you want to give it the once over with a mechanic. Although you may know everything there is to know about motorcycles, having a second eye, especially from a professional, will give you an idea of what you are dealing with. Find out what needs replacing, simple sprucing, or if it’s even worth salvaging.
Think About Money and Time
After the once over, you’ll have a good understanding of what it is all going to cost and how much time you’ll need to dedicate. Bikes may be your hobby and passion, but most of us can’t dedicate all of our hours in the day to it. It’s important to set a realistic timeline and budget for restoring the bike.
Understand Your Level
If this is your first time fixing up or restoring an old bike, by one that is running. When you are at the beginner level, everything part about the restoration will be a challenge. To make it less of a challenge and have a better chance of the bike actually hitting the road, buy an old bike that actually starts and runs. For experienced motorcycle restorers and mechanics, if you are up for the challenge, find a bike that doesn’t start.
No matter whether this is the first bike you are restoring or if this has become a passion of yours, rebuilding a bike can give you a better appreciation of motorcycles.