Back in 1994 I got my first Dual Sport bike, a 1992 xt225 (Serow). I was fourteen and living in Alabama; although I loved my XT it was really just a commuter. I found quickly that I needed a bike geared a little more toward trail riding and the occasional jaunt on the street. My dad was riding a 1993 CR250 at the time, so I also wanted to keep up with him; I worked two extra summer jobs so I could pay of the XT and buy a better bike. Funny now that I think about it my XT only cost $2800 new because it was a leftover from the year before. After paying that bike off I bought a 1991 KDX 200. I outfitted it with a cheap mirror and an ATV brake light switch then plated it for the street. This bike turned out to be one of the best trail/street bikes I ever owned. I still kept the XT to ride to school but the KDX was my favorite. Fast forward 15 years and I had that two stroke hankering again. What was I going to build with my limited Military pay? With my mortgage and two kids I only ended up with $2000 to build a good trail bike that could haul my ass around and also be fun to drive. I cruised the local classified to the point where I had every bike under $1500 memorized; sad. I finally found it a 1992 wr500zd for $800. The bike was in great shape, newer fender kit and just a little yellowing on the tank, oh yea and the sub frame was a little tweaked. Turns out the guy couldnt start it because hed been diagnosed with MS and it hurt him too much to start the big bore bike. After I got the bike home I noticed that the forks didnt feel quite right, I popped the caps and there was little fluid in the tubes. Turns out Four Seasons in SLC rebuilt them and did not put the bushings in properly, a set of $12 Tusk seals from and some MOTUL 5w RM ATV/MC and I was rocking. Next I got on procycle.us and bout a universal light kit with a regulator and a new H.O. lighting coil all for about $400. The lighting coil is listed under kx500 but works great in a wr500. I managed to mount everything pretty easy. Next I changed the front tire to a Dunlop Rally Raid under $50, the rear tire was already DOT spec. The hardest part of the whole thing was taking the flywheel off. Registration went pretty good, I told the lady at the DMV that I wanted to switch the title to a street legal dirtbike and got a safety inspection done. $75 dollars later I was set. The crazy thing about this bike is how good it runs up here at 5300ft, I read terrible things about pinging and melting pistons in these old air cooled motors; definitely not the case here. I have had it in traffic out on the Desert even on the Highway without fouling a plug or seizing the motor. Here are a few pic of the ride. I know this article is a bit long, just wanted to give some background to the madness. I feel bad for you 2 stroke nuts that cant register your bikes street legal.