Well I thought I was done with street riding but this 1980 XL500s practically fell onto my lap. I didn’t know much about this model before picking it up but it ran, was currently registered and came with an original California blue license plate, cool! The bike seemingly is mechanically solid; chassis straight, the clutch is meaty, shifted to 5th and 60ish just fine. Can’t beat Honda reliability and familiarity! It does have the normal XL top end oil leaks that I’ve read about and god awful front brakes (my first experience with cable drums). Also from my quick research of XL500s models, it looks like they originally had 35mm forks and a solid bar mount top triple. BUT what I have looks to be 39mm forks and a rubber mounted top triple. Cross referencing, I may have 83-87 xl600 forks with 84-85 XL350 clamps? The theme is to keep it cheap and to try and use anything in the spare parts bin that I can. The quick and dirty: -Clean the crap out of it -Fix failed helicoil repair on right foot peg mount -17/17s with Heidenau k66 -grips, sprockets, chain... -Sand paint off tank and polish it? -Paint fenders and side covers -Address oil leak -Freshen suspension Pictures for now. She’s crusty but should clean up nicely!