I have just scored the deal of all deals: a 1983 Honda XL600R for $50! I had posted an ad on Craigslist wanting an old XL, for under $800. About a month later, this guy says I can just haul it away for $50. I must be getting back some good karma I deserved. It is complete except rear turn signals, the front fender sags a little because of a lateral crack near the mounting bolts, the front headlight fairing cracked, the speedometer is beat up, I don't know if it still works, the manual decompression valve panel (I think that's what it is) on the side of the engine is not pt back together, and it has not been run in about 2 years. The tank is clean, but the carbs are probably not. The title is there, the prev. owner gave it to me just signed by the owner before him- he didn't bother 'cause it was just his trail bike. The course of action I would like to take is to apply for the title, then get it running, and go take it out somewhere to get a feel for it on some dirt, then go through with my endorsement and plate, and possibly MSF course. I've ridden scooters since I was 15, have hopped them up plently (aftermarket 70cc kits, carbs, pipes, variators and gears) and have *some* idea how to ride, just need to get familiar with the gears, and the size of the bike. I'm thinking of starting with reassembling that decompression valve, cleaning the carbs and air filter, clean and regap the plug, and seeing how far that gets me. I'm all ears for any input from you guys who have worked on these XL's. So I'm new to the forums, and wanted to introduce myself and my new wheels, so Hello, I'm Joel!