I was 17 in this one: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?...4742076759.289321.527091759&type=3&permPage=1 And 18 in the BC pic. The fairing was a generic fibreglass item, made locally for all I remember. A buddy helped me make the aluminum brackets that relocated the headlight up and forward in order to fit the fairing. I'd fitted a pair of clubman racing bars, a big K&N filter and painted the engine flat black. A real "cafe racer". Didn't take long to replace the clubmans with a pair of flat bars which worked much better for actual riding. I loved that SR500. Fun to ride, great fuel economy (went two teeth up on the countershaft sprocket to give it longer legs on the highway) I don't recall ever really using the brakes. With Girling shocks and Dunlop TT-100's it'd just rail into any corner at whatever speed you were going. You could lean it like crazy with no ill effects. The failed ignition rotor was a real show-stopper at the time, though. $600 for a new one and I was making $5/hr 2500 miles from home. I gambled and spent my tax return on a used '78 XS650 instead. All I'd ever heard was how indestructable they were. That 650 swallowed it's main bearings three weeks later. It was summer 1980 and I had $3k tied up in two non-running '78 Yamahas. In the fall I walked into Walt Healey Yamaha in Calgary and spied a nice, shiny used '78 XS750 with a $2300 or $2400 price tag on it (can't remember exactly)? Explained my situation to a helpful sales dude and he went and talked to the service manager for 5 or 10 minutes. When he returned he told me he'd take my pair of non-running bikes plus $200 in trade for the 750. I knew they'd make out okay on my bikes once they were running. But it wasn't a bad deal for me either, given my predicament.