Restoration time budget

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by BobN, Oct 27, 2006.

  1. BobN

    BobN Guest

    I'm thinking of getting a small, 60s or 70s vintage bike and doing a full
    restoration. If anyone here has done a similar project I'm interested in
    knowing how long it may have taken you, and what parts of the job were
    cost-effective to sub out, such as chroming. Thanks.
    BobN, Oct 27, 2006
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  2. The best thing to do is buy the best bike you can to start with.

    If you actually *want* to do a full restoration, then a small bike is
    good as a means of seeing how it's done, but bad in that the costs may
    be the same as for a big bike, and it'll be worth far less when

    Consider: new paint, re-chroming and things like spoked wheel rebuilding
    cost much the same whether the bike's 250cc or 900cc. Oh, and good
    re-chroming *costs*.

    When I buy restoration projects, I tend to look for things whose
    cosmetics are good, or can be cheaply improved, but that have mechanical
    faults. Mechanical faults, for me, are mostly just time, whereas I'm not
    a paint sprayer, nor a chromer.

    If, OTOH, you have cheap or free access to premises that can refurbish
    cosmetic parts, but don't know much about how engines go together, YMMV.
    The Older Gentleman, Oct 27, 2006
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