Bought this TX500 off craigslist for $600 maybe 6 months ago. Was listed as a running bike, but the right cylinder wasn't firing half the time. Turns out Compression and spark were good. Spark plug came out hard on the right clyinder and pulled the threads. Got those fixed up and put in new plugs. Right cylinder finally fires with some adjustments and with a load, but gets missing at idle. Took it for a short run down the street and got it up to 70mph. Seems to run pretty smooth and shift ok. My idea is to strip this thing down and turn it into a desert racer/scrambler. I didn't do too much research on the TX before I went to buy it. So of course I didn't read about hard to find parts, cracked heads, and balance shaft chains, ect. Even read one article somewhere about buying old 70's bikes, which specifically mentioned one model you shouldn't buy......TX/XS500's. But that's all the better anyway. The point is to make things work that aren't supposed to. This one has 23,000 miles on it and seems like the engine is ok. I figured if it blows up I can get an old honda twin and jam it in the frame. Previous owner stated he had cleaned out the carbs, but I think he missed something. Removed the pain in the neck airbox and got the carbs out. I'll put some K&N filers or something right on the carbs to make carb work easier. Then once it's running, I'll ride around a bit before I really start hacking. Decide if I want to continue with the project or just bail on it. Has new tires, but I'll need to switch to some dual sport tread. Probably cut down the fenders, remove turn signals, smaller seat, get rid of the beat up mufflers, skid plate. Good thing is it looks like it's been stored inside all it's life, so there's minimal rust and the chrome rims are nice. It's clean, but also something I won't feel too bad about hacking up. Open to all suggestions and or criticism.