Motorcycle Project Guides: Rebuilds, Customs, Restorations

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If you’re just getting started on your motorcycle restoration project you’ll want to do a little prep work before you start tearing into your bike. Find some useful tips to get your motorcycle restoration off on the right track.

Find & Buy a Project Motorcycle

Get your first motorcycle project off to the right start by finding the right project bike. Learn how to troubleshoot a motorcycle you might want to buy so you can get the best price possible.

Learn where to search for and how to buy a project motorcycle.

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Use our custom used motorcycle search engine to search the Craigslist listings for an entire state.

Learn how to inspect a motorcycle you might want to buy to get the best price and help determine what type of project you’ll be getting into.

Chances are pretty good that you’re not going to be able to ride your project bike home. Learn about some of your options when it comes to towing a motorcycle.

Have you finished a motorcycle project that you want to sell? Learn how to sell your motorcycle here.

Find out where you can expect to find some of the rustiest motorcycles when they’re stored or left outside.

Not sure what bike you should get? Find out some of the best motorcycles to rebuild and restore.

Chances are you’re going to make some mistakes when you’re working on your first motorcycle project. We’ve compiled a list of common mistakes to help you avoid them.

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Tools for Your Motorcycle Project

Every good mechanic needs a good set of tools. Find out which standard, specialty, and advanced tools you’ll need to complete your motorcycle project.

Standard tools for your motorcycle cover the things that you’ll use for a variety of jobs and maintenance. These are things like sockets, wrenches, and drivers. These are must-haves for every motorcycle project and most maintenance work. Find out what you’ll need here.

Specialty tools describe tools you may not always find at your local hardware store. Sometimes these tools may only have one specific use for one specific bike. If you’re doing a lot of work on your bike, they may be worth purchasing. Otherwise, many specialty tools can often be rented from your local motorcycle shop.

Not all “cross-head” screwdrivers are created equal. If you’re working on a Japanese motorcycle, getting yourself some proper JIS bits is necessary. Learn about the differences here.

Your motorcycle’s shop manual is one of the first things you should get when starting a new motorcycle project. This is going to be key to learning the proper disassembly procedures, serviceable limits, and torque specs for your bike.

A proper workspace is going to make your motorcycle project a whole lot easier. Find some tips on setting up your work area here.

There are a handful of chemicals and lubricants that are going to come in handy during your motorcycle project. Find what you’ll likely need here.

Motorcycle Maintenance Topics

Once you’re ready to get into the work, you can find tips for troubleshooting and repairing different components of your motorcycle in the sections below.