Researching Your Project

1. Identify Your Dream Bike (Maybe):

  • Do you have a specific model in mind? Research its history, common issues, and typical project scopes.
  • Open to exploring? Look at online resources to discover different brands, styles (cafe racer, scrambler, etc.), and eras that pique your interest.

2. Online Resources:

  • Forums:
    • Find forums dedicated to your chosen brand or style (e.g., Triumph forums, cafe racer forums).
    • Search for project threads involving your target bike or similar models.
    • Look for “buyer’s guides” or “common problems” threads for valuable insights.
  • Parts Suppliers:
    • Browse online parts catalogs for your chosen brand/model.
    • This can reveal parts availability and potential project costs.
    • Look for forums discussing parts compatibility across similar models.
  • Websites and Blogs:
    • Search for websites dedicated to vintage motorcycles.
    • Look for specific restoration guides or project write-ups for your target bike.
    • Consider reputable restoration shops’ websites for technical advice.

3. Service Manuals and Literature:

  • Haynes or Clymer Manuals: These are bibles for motorcycle maintenance and repair. Find one specific to your chosen model year.
  • Workshop Manuals: If available, these factory-issued manuals offer even more detailed information on specific models.
  • Owner’s Manuals: Though less detailed, they can provide basic specs and maintenance schedules. (Search online if unavailable)

4. Additional Information Gathering:

  • Join Facebook Groups: Similar to forums, Facebook groups can be a vibrant source of information and project inspiration.
  • YouTube Videos: Watch restoration videos for similar bikes to gain visual understanding of the project scope.
  • Talk to Experienced Restorers: Connect with local vintage motorcycle enthusiasts or restoration shops.

5. Refine Your Project Scope:

  • Based on your research, create a realistic project timeline and budget.
  • Identify the skills and tools you might need or need to acquire.
  • Consider if the project complexity aligns with your mechanical experience.

Remember: Don’t be afraid to adjust your initial bike choice based on the information you gather. Your research should empower you to make informed decisions and set yourself up for a successful first project!