Am I going mad or was this a sensible decision? There was an advert in a local paper for a Kawasaki H2 750 for $1000. So, all excited I phone up but, the bike has gone. Had a bit of a yarn, the bloke has also has a 72 XL 350. Thinking that this maybe a good classic dirt tracker, so I went around this morning to have a look. Not that impressive, but worth the trip. About 11am the phone rings, apparently the Kawasaki was a 350, not a 750. The other bloke didnt want it, and was I still interested. Ok then, lets go and have a look. So, the thing came from a farm out near Emerald (WTF, rounding up the cows on that!). Anyway its in rather poor condition. Forks straight, but badly pitted. Top triple clamp fractured on fork clamps. Front rim & spokes u/s. Rear spokes also u/s. Rear rim sort of ok. Gauges both had smashed lenses. Smashed headlight, indicators u/s, seized hand controls. Tank rusty, dented, evidence of leaking. Engine missing drive sprocket and oil pump covers. Broken head fins on left and right heads. Missing air cleaner to carby boots, side covers. Pipes original, a bit dinged up, missing baffles, but repairable. The foot controls are sloppy. Oil tank u/s, re-wiring needed, seat u/s but base is ok, rear indicators us, tail light smashed. And finally the frame needs blasting and a good inspection before restoration. So, is this like finding an advert for a GTHO and finding out it is a 6cyl XY? If it was the 750, Id have snapped it up, but its like taking a poor substitute. However, I may be missing out a tasty and classy thing to fang around. After restoring the XL500, and putting the thing on the track, I know how much work is involved... Heart says yeah, but the head says to stay clear.. What do you lot think?