Rebuild and Restore An Old Motorcycle
Riders, builders, and collectors alike love classic motorcycles. They're fun to ride, simple in design, and increase in value as they get older. From changing oil to building a completely custom bike, most motorcycle riders like to do their own maintenance, repairs and modifications.
A motorcycle that is 30 years or older is considered a classic. Unlike new machines, each marque had their own look as well as sound. The Ironhead Sportster, arguably the loudest and meanest-sounding V-twin ever, enjoyed a 28-year production run. It is also the most affordable of the many Harley-Davidson classics.
Originally, all motorcycles were hardtails. They are much lighter than a conventional swing-arm frame, and are easier and cheaper to construct. Many purists believe that with the absence of rear suspension, road vibrations become part of the experience, and the rider truly becomes part of the road. Since an essential part of any custom bike is getting rid of unnecessary items, a classic custom chopper will start with a hardtail frame.
Throughout the forties and fifties, British motorcycles ruled on the race tracks. Of the many popular classic British bikes, there is the Triumph Trident. In their day, these three-cylinder machines dominated the 750cc races in Europe and in the U.S. Many consider the Trident to be the first modern superbike.
Before you start your classic motorcycle build, ask yourself a few questions. What is the end result you're after - ride it, race it, show it? There's plenty of cool choices of style. There's stock original, old-school bobber, or custom from mild to wild.
Harley trikes have been utilized by police departments, fire houses, postal carriers, small businesses, the military, as well as car dealers and repair shops. The Harley-Servi-car was powered by the venerable 45ci Flathead and produced from 1932 through 1973.
Whether this is your first classic motorcycle build or your 21st, you'll find something of value in these pages. There's no better feeling than cruising down the road on a classic bike that you've rebuilt yourself.