If you stumble onto this post don't bother with it- I messed with my photobucket account and all the pictures are gone. Sorry. The metamorphosis is nearly complete! Only the heart of the beast remains to be transformed. I am nearing the end of rebuilding/refurbishing my 1984 R80RT into an R100 "S" type. I know the purists will be offended. But then there never seems to be a shortage of both useful information and offensive remarks on this forum anyway. There will even be fodder for the safety monitors later. The bike looked pretty good from several feet away and was in fairly good shape. I purchased it last fall for my son to ride on a 3000 mile trip we took and planned to sell it afterwards. There were a lot of used bikes available in the $2500 and under price range to choose from and having owned an R60/6 and an R100GS previously I figured it would be fun to find an Airhead for him to ride and probably cheaper than renting after reselling it. The fact he didn't fall in love with the bike made it a little harder for me to decide to keep it but I did. Subconsciously I probably always knew I would get another Airhead- why else did I keep my Clymer and Haynes manuals, the rotor bolt, the exhaust wrench, and the special sockets I have never used for anything else? Closer inspection shows the 88K miles of wear and tear. The bike had been well maintained and came with $5500 worth of repair and maintenance receipts performed in the previous 5 years. The only real issues were the bike was SLOW to accelerate but would eventually obtain and maintain any speed. The voltmeter was disconnected and the rear brake was all but useless. All I did before our ride was replace the pogo sticks in the rear. The caterpillar reference in the title could have several interpretations but the big one was the bike was SLOW.