On October 25th, 2011, I posted this image as my first post in a build thread on the caferacer.net forum. I had gathered a salvage Bultaco Model 193 (1977 Pursang 370) frame, an '76 YZ125C monoshock swingarm and Suzuki wheels, with the naive notion that I could build a functioning motorcycle from whatever cheap, used parts I could scrounge online through Ebay and Craigslist. This was always intended as a strictly back-burner project — only getting whatever extra money and time was left over after all the other projects and demands of life were addressed. I did manage to make progress, if very slowly. By May of 2013, I had wheels attached to it: And a year after that, had collected the basic components of an engine. A Bultaco engine was always central to the project. I'd previously owned and loved three Bultacos, despite their general crudeness. I converted a Pursang 250 into a road racer back in the mid 1980s, and I've always been a big fan of the final Bultaco road bikes that were equipped with cast wheels and disc brakes, but none of my Buls were street legal, and I've always wanted a Bultaco road bike. And in November of 2014, a rear shock in place: Since then, I've done very little with it. The chassis has been in various states of disassembly since, and the engine never went together; it remains a collection of salvage parts occupying several shelves in my workshop. I did cut off the rear of the frame and experimented with seat and bodywork concepts... ...and decided to revert to a twin-shock design, replacing the YZ swingarm with one from a DT175. Which necessitated the purchase of a frame jig this fall, to ensure everything went back together true and square: This project will be seven years old at the end of October. In short, it's time to either make this happen or get rid of the carcass. I have decided that this project needs to become a higher priority. Therefore, I am giving myself the next 300 days get the whole thing together and running in some fashion (that is, started up — not necessarily running well enough to ride), or I am going to part it out and get rid of the evidence. There are more than 300 posts in the caferacer.net build thread that go into extreme detail about every minute consideration and blind alley along the way, but much of that information is irrelevant. I will still keep that build thread up to date, but that site has largely atrophied over the last seven years and ADVrider has a great deal more activity, so I figured I should create a thread here, too. And, frankly, some new blood and a fresh start is needed to help me renew my motivation to get this completed. EDIT: I should note that I'm not looking to create a great-performing, highly valuable bike, or even an especially attractive or practical one. This has been about learning all the skills of custom bike fabrication that I have wished to acquire. This is my coursework in the college of hard knocks.