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6 Beginner Tips for Bike Customization and Restoration

Found an old bike you want to fix up? Or did you buy a motorcycle you want to customize? If so, you came to the right place. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of making your ride truly your own with custom touches or a full-on transformation. But, before you start either project, it’s important to know a few beginner tips. Read on to find out the 6 things you need to know before even picking up a tool in order to restore or customize the ride of your dreams.

1. Assess Your Potential Bike’s Condition 

First things first, you need to fully assess the motorcycle’s condition. Whether it’s an antique or a newer ride, you need to get the full scope of the potential project from the start. Is it functional and running? Does it need a full overhaul? These are big factors you’ll need to consider before purchasing the bike. 

2. Build Your Wish List 

It’s important to build your wish list early on when you’re looking to customize or restore a bike. Create a “must have” list, as well as a “would be nice to have” list. Next, set your game plan when it comes to the order of steps you’ll need to take, so that you can plan out your budget over the length of the renovation. List all the sections of the motorcycle you want to repair or customize, then set the order of when you want to complete each task, so that you’ll know approximately when you’ll need to spend money.

3. Know Your Skill Set

A little customization and a full bike revamp are two different beasts, so you’ll need to take a look in the mirror and ask yourself if you’re able to take on the job alone. It’s important to honestly evaluate your skill level right from the start, because it helps you determine if expert help needs to be part of your budget and helps you avoid injuring yourself during renovation. Bringing in a professional mechanic to help as needed is also important to ensure that your renovated motorcycle will be safe to operate on the road.

4. Set Your Budget

Once you’ve assessed the bike’s condition and made your purchase, it’s time to set your overall budget for the project. Be sure to ask yourself how much time and money you are willing to put into the bike from the start. Keep in mind that you can always take it slow when customizing or restoring a bike so you don’t have to drop all your dough at once.

5. Gather Your Supplies

You’ll require different types of supplies depending on your specific project needs, but a few common items are:

  • Basic tool box (wrench set, screwdrivers, wire cutters, pliers, allen keys, etc.)
  • Eye protection
  • Respirator 
  • Gloves
  • Clean rags
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
  • Any specific bike parts you need (check out Amazon for affordable options)
  • Oils and lubricants

6. Build Connections With Fellow DIYers

Consider joining bike customization or restoration groups online, either on social media platforms or through online forums. There you can share tips and tricks, as well as advice you’ve learned along the way. Fellow DIYers love to come together to share what they’ve learned through their journeys; and who doesn’t want to see photos of epic motorcycle transformations?

Conclusion: Have you ever customized your motorcycle or restored an older model? What are some of the top tips you’ve learned along the way? Let us know in the comments below. And if you’re looking for a bike of your own, check out thousands of motorcycles on today!


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Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan is a Content Curator for Trader Interactive, serving the recreational brands RV Trader and Cycle Trader. Her mission is to provide thoughtful, practical content to those who are always on the hunt for their next adventure.

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