Restoring a vintage motorcycle is truly a labor of love. However, finding the vintage motorcycle parts that you need to finish your restoration project can be difficult and frustrating, especially if you are working on a rare motorcycle model. Fortunately, the Internet has made searching for parts and rare items much easier to do.
The first place that you can look online for vintage motorcycle parts is on auction sites. There are dozens of these sites scattered throughout the World Wide Web. Some of these auction sites are generic auction sites, while others specialize in automotive items. If you shop for vintage parts using this method you will want to make sure that the seller has a good rating and that the part is the exact part that you need. This is important because you usually can’t return items when you buy them from an auction site, nor should you expect to be able to return the part.
The second place that you can look online for vintage motorcycle parts is on after market parts sites and general motorcycle parts web sites. These web sites will offer you site based search engines that will allow you to search through their databases for the part that you are interested in. If the site doesn’t have the part that you are looking for you can sometimes fill out a parts request form or you can drop the site’s owner an email asking if they know where you can get the part that you need.
If your online search for vintage motorcycle parts is a flop then you can also conduct physical searches for your parts. Vintage motorcycle trade magazines can be great sources for finding rare parts and accessories. Simply check out the classified section at the back of the magazine. Other places that you can look for vintage parts include trade fairs, motorcycle shows and exhibits, motorcycle rallies, garage sales, estate sales and flea markets.