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Motorcycle restoration – a hobby or a living?

In the article on customizing (“Customizing – a hobby or a disease?”), We found out that customizing and restoration are two different things. The restoration is carried out by true lovers of original motorcycles. Connoisseurs of history. Assembly “in stock” applies not only to modern motorcycles, but to a greater extent historical and rarity models.

The age of the restored motorcycle is directly related to the complexity of the work and the cost of repair, as well as the subsequent sale and uniqueness as an exhibition specimen.

The assembly of an ordinary motorcycle into the stock is rather a necessity, a desire of the owner of the unit. Recovery to drain occurs after an accident, falling into a slip or other troubles. Getting parts, plastic and painting them in their native color, applying stickers, assembling a relatively young motorcycle is more a matter of money than difficulties in finding parts.

By the way, people who do not have the opportunity to buy a new and expensive motorcycle are engaged in restoring relatively young motorcycles to stock. Then the pilot takes away the beaten by life apparatus for relatively little money, but puts his soul and all his salary into it in order to resurrect his beloved model.

The process of rebuilding and restoring a motorcycle is an excellent opportunity to understand the structure and principle of a motorcycle.

Also, pilots who are passionately in love with their current or first motorcycle hit the restoration. They are ready to invest in its restoration, not because the model has historical significance or is legendary within the motorcycle world, but because this particular motorcycle is of great importance for a particular person.

Real restoration begins with really old motorcycles, many have not been produced for a long time, and some are not simply discontinued, but even the factories that produced them do not even exist. Motorcycle shops often combine customizing, servicing conventional modern motorcycles and restoring outdated unique models. Then restoration turns into true art. Craftsmen extract as much information as possible: they bring up historical summaries, search for the remains of drawings, even contact the manufacturer through dealers, if the plant still exists or has been taken over by another concern. Mechanics stare at old black-and-white photographs or buy up ancient motorcycle magazines for one article.

Usually, a restoration project begins not so much with an idea as with a successful donor. As a rule, this donor is sad and represents a certain amount of iron in the form of a corroded frame and a sleeping engine, tarnished from the futility of being headlights and sour oil seals. From the moment when a unique motorcycle is identified in the found unit, the master’s eye lights up with a gambling spark of desire to have a unique motorcycle in full combat readiness.

The eyes of motorcycle owners who understand what they own, but cannot restore the device on their own, shine with the same spark. Then they turn to professionals to bring the legend back together, and then flaunt a motorcycle at an exhibition or in the city.

Many motorcycle shops have enough such orders, participate in exhibitions and position themselves as restoration workshops. Finding details becomes the main hitch. During this period, the work of the master becomes like treasure hunters in the vastness of the far north. When there is nowhere to get spare parts, you have to reinvent the wheel, grind parts, adjust analogs, assemble from improvised means.

Precisely made restoration adorns motorcycle exhibitions, attracts attention and delights spectators. Moreover, the real restoration costs a lot of money, leaves the auctions and not only pays for the work, but also surpasses them.

Restoring a motorcycle can be a simple hobby, but it develops into a matter of life for connoisseurs, and often turns into a way of earning money. Professional craftsmen and amateurs take part in exhibitions with great interest, present their works, and are proud of the result. The restored model attracts attention among modern models, is a tribute to history and a second chance for a seemingly outdated motorcycle.

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