I picked up this mostly complete titled and supposedly running 1980 xl500s for $100. Unfortunately I failed to get a picture of it before tearing into it but I think this gives a good idea of the condition it was in. It lived its entire life spitting distance from the Pacific Ocean and looks like it. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> My thinking was that it would be a beater to ride around town. I actually got it started and rode it down the street and back and quickly decided that it needed a top end job. I priced out the parts and figured for what I had into it I could afford to do the top end. <o></o> My down fall came when I had finished with the motor. Before I started it was the color and texture of concrete so I bead blasted the top end and then cleaned up the case a bit. It looked so nice it seemed like a shame to put it in a frame with peeling paint and rust spots, besides there really isnt that much to strip off once the motor it out, right? <o></o> One thing lead to another and for the money vs. available time I decided to have the frame powder coated. I picked up a few parts and then things sat for a few months and now I am finally getting started putting things back together. There are a lot of details still to be worked out so I am hoping to be able to get a bit of help as I move forward with this thing. I think it is going to end up as something more than just a beater. <o></o> Here is a picture of where things sit now. The swing arm is back in the frame along with the triple tree and fresh all balls tapered bearings. I pulled the forks apart and started to clean things up and decided that the fork tubes are too pitted to put back in. I just bought decent looking pair of forks off or eBay and am waiting for them to arrive. <o></o> I have a few Ideas of some things I might like to do, and a lot of unknown areas still to sort out, so any suggestions are welcome.