Best Motorcycles to Restore




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If you’re new to motorcycle restoration, selecting the right bikes to work on is an important decision.

We’ve already covered on how to find and buy the perfect project bike. Basically, you’ll want to select something that’s:

  • Easy to work own.
  • Common.
  • Cheap to repair.
  • High availability of parts (aftermarket, OEM, NOS).

If you’re still scratching your head on the best motorcycle for you to restore, we’re here to help with some specific models.

The quick answer: Japanese motorcycles with model years in the 70s and 80s are going to be some of the best bikes for beginners to restore.

Many of these older Japanese bikes can be found for around $1,000 or less on local classifieds and Craiglist pages throughout the country.

These bikes are easy to work on with simple tools – most even came from the factory with tool kits included.

Additionally, the detailed, original shop manuals are often easy to find online for free.

Best Motorcycle Makes Models to Restore

Some of the best motorcycles manufactures to restore are:

  • Hondas.
  • Yamahas.
  • Kawasakis.
  • Suzukis.

Some of the best models to restore include:

  • Honda CTs
  • Honda CBs
    • CB350, CB500, CB550, CB750
  • Honda Gold Wings
  • Honda Super Hawks
  • Kawasaki KZs
    • KZ400, KZ500, KZ650, KZ750, KZ1000
  • Kawasaki Z1100
  • Yamaha SRs
  • Yamaha XSs
  • Yamaha XVx
  • Suzuki GSs