1980 650 motor, about a 9 month project. My goal was to have a bike that looked good and would perform in tip-top condition.
The new carbs, throttle, clutch, cables, seals, gaskets, brakes, battery, rebuilt forks, sprockets, filters, etc really make this bike bulletproof. the motor was strong when i bought it but it leaked badly. the motor purrs at any speed. i was surprised at how great the exhaust sounded as well. not too loud, a nice low pitched rumble.
I mocked the bike up to tinker and wanted it to be in perfect working condition before i tore it down and painted it, but the rust started to grow on the bike, and then on me. I fell in love with the way it looks now so i decided not to paint it. People always ask when it will be done and i tell them it is done. They usually look puzzled after that. Kick only, small battery in electronics box.