If you need to find out how to restore a vintage Indian motorcycle you may want to consult with a mechanic. Depending on the year of a vintage Indian motorcycle, the cost to restore it can quickly add up. You may want to rebuild the bike a little at a time, if you are strapped for cash. Try to figure out how much it will take to pay for the restoration or have a mechanic or Indian motorcycle dealer help you estimate the cost.
- Inspect a vintage Indian motorcycle, to see what needs to be repaired or replaced. Check the bike from front to back, and make a list of what items you want to repair or replace. For example, if the seat is damaged, unless you can repair it, add it to the list of replacement items.
- Get in touch with an Indian motorcycle dealer to help you. Tell the dealer you want to restore a vintage Indian motorcycle, and give him all of the information you have on the bike. Ask the dealer if anyone at the store has any experience restoring old bikes, and find out how much they would charge to help you. You can also check with the parts department while you are at the dealership, to see if they can order any of the items on your replacement list.
- Look on the internet for vintage Indian motorcycle parts. See if you can find a website that specializes in vintage motorcycles. Find the contact information, and either call or email in a request for assistance. If you send an email, make sure to include that you are going to restore a vintage Indian motorcycle, in case the website does not offer service for that particular brand of bike.
- Go to a motorcycle parts store for help. Give the clerk the information on your Indian bike, and ask them if they can locate the parts on your list. You may want to make a note of the price and then do some comparison shopping, to see if you can get a better deal elsewhere.