After a long weekend, someone may tell you, in an offhand manner, about his 600 mile ride, maintenance to him is filling the tank and cleaning the bugs off, but some of you may find even more pleasure in bringing a bike back to life. You ride to check your work, does the engine run without hesitation, does the transmission shift as it should, does the throttle stick, do the brakes squeak, is there anything else you might have missed? Your journey is from non running to smooth runner or from stock to custom or, perhaps, from botched custom to pristine original, your journey doesn't cover miles, it erases wear and neglect, it may even go from idea to finished motorcycle (Check out the Web Surfer for a great example of that).
If that description is you, you have opportunities and advantages that few formerly had. Not long ago, you were at the mercy of local junk yards, if they didn't have what you needed and if they couldn't locate one from some other yard nearby, you had a problem. Today, you can frequently find the most obscure parts for your project bike or ongoing restoration by perusing the online parts listings.
Between the more upscale sounding "recyclers" and online listings from all over the world, there's hardly anything you can't locate. Instead of trudging through muddy fields filled with cast off engines and parts, you can sit at your computer and search the listings for exactly what you need. If you're still deciding on a project, you can browse the listings and look for some part that might inspire the beginning of a custom build or restoration and you won't get any mud on your shoes in the process.
When I'm looking through the motorcycle listings for interesting bikes, I sometimes look through the parts listings and I'm constantly amazed at what I find. There's a lot more than used parts, enormous numbers of new and sometimes the uncommon are available, too. As I write this there'a an aluminum fairing, tank and belly pan for an Aermacchi shaped by famed metal man Evan Wilcox. There are complete engines for early Harleys and Indians and a Henderson, too, plus pretty much all of the pieces if you only need a few to complete an engine of your own. Is your Steib sidecar looking tired, enter "Steib" in the search box and see what's for sale. There's lots of regular replacement parts, too, for whatever you're riding.
Just click over to the motorcycle parts pages to get an idea of what's available, you know, "ask and ye shall receive," or maybe "search and ye shall find." It's pretty neat. It doesn't cost anything to look, though you may find something you just have to have. It's an option for any hands on restorer and definitely worth a few minutes of your time.
You may not realize it, but this really is a golden age if you want to rebuild or restore an old bike or simply repair a newer one. There has never been parts availability as there is right now, where do you think all of those perfect restorations come from? If you can't find a specific part, there's even the possibility of machining one if you can put the specs in a CNC mill, but before you do, search the listings to see if someone already has one for sale. More often than not, the answer will be yes.
Link: Motorcycle Parts