Mid summer I got bit by the UJM/early sportbike bug and decided to find a bike to ride and upgrade. The caveat: it had to be cheap. Really cheap. So a CL search commenced and three hours later I found a 1982 Kawasaki GPz 550 for sale locally. Talking to the owner, what was for sale was not a "time capsule" UJM as the picture in the ad suggested, but rather a ridable-ish '82 550, a parts '83 550 and a pile of parts and other junk. Take all or nothing. Drove over with some friends and loaded the bikes and parts into the truck. $600 including gas cost. The bike was a 2-3/10 at best, but ran decently. I have begun un-wrecking the bike, as the PO as quite the tinkerer. It's a work in progress, as well as super-cheap transportation in the mean time. The Good: Bike runs/drives reliably enough to be my daily ride No extreme leaks or rattles Gets 52+ MPG with 70% highway/30% city driving Lots of spare parts to work with/rebuild The Bad: Carbs dicked with by the PO, and leaking a bit Paint and plastics are garbage All seals or are old/hardened Yoshi pipe drags when cornering hard Upgrades and what I've done: Stage 1 jets and NOS K&N filter Fork seals - the bike came with progressive springs 10oz of 20 weight oil made a world of difference in handling eBay's el-cheapo O ring chain Brake pads, etc. And quite of bit of general sprucing up, cleaning connections, etc. What needs to happen: New brake lines. The braided lines are about an inch too short Full brake rebuild Add some decent lighting - the "ultra bright" Sylvania H4's are not so bright with the ancient charging system Head bearing repack or replacement All engine gaskets Valve adjustment Make the center stand fit properly If you've read this far, thanks for hanging in. I have questions for you gurus! 1) Brake rebuild kits: they're regular old Tokios. Where to find a good rebuild kit? How about lines? 2) Aftermarket lighting: what are the cheap options? HID? Running lights? 50% of my riding is at night. 3) Is running MMO (1/3 cup/change) a good thing? Anything other tidbits of advice to make this last forever? My goal it to reach 100k miles. Should not be that hard as it's my main transportation. Rain, shine or snow it's getting ridden.