The adventure begins, The short version: I bought a crashed 2007 Ninja 650 for an absurdly low price, with the intention of building a well-sprung, reliable, and cheap road-touring bike and commuter. The longer version: Inspired primarily by Jdrocks's thread on his several Ninja 650 builds and a few other folks telling their build stories, I started casually looking for a cheap bike. I was in the market anyway for a new street ride but at 23, I am seriously hampered by sky-high insurance prices for the run-of-the-mill 600 sport rides (example: a 2004 GSXR600 would cost me $1800/year to insure.) I came across a very well-crashed Ninja 650 that the previous owner rode for 11,000 miles before attempting to park the bike under the hood of a Chrysler station wagon. A brief email exchange, a morning off from work, and a very crashed motorcycle came home with me, a disabled orphan about to be given new life and a new look. I spy: a fork spring. That shouldn't happen. Crashed tank capacity: about a thimble. Except for the tail section, that is all that is left of the fairings. Seriously. Also, note the four sheered bolts in the bar clamp. Damage report: Front end totaled: the force of the impact sheered the left fork tube at the bottom triple and bent the right fork tube. The clip-on bolts were sheered at the top triple clamp, all four of them. Front rim dented 2/4 footpegs thrashed 3/4 blinkers missing 99.8 percent of plastic pieces on the bike are missing, broken, cracked, or bruised Dent in the front header Front headlight gone Dash cracked and fairing stay twisted Frame: to be determined.