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Be patient and realistic about your mechanical skill. I bought a non-running 1981 GS550T for $200 (5,600 miles) 2yrs ago. I have raced/riden/wrenched dirt bikes for 35yrs so I figured I could handle a small street bike resto. My rationale was it would be fun to get the kids involved and even if we never go it going they/me would learn something along the way. We had a ton of fun, but still not "Done" and not having read anything prior - made a lot of mistakes. Overestimated my ability, underestimated time and money. Honestly, it was a great untouched piece of history and I butchered it. If I had a do over I would have simply restored it and enjoyed it for what it was. Still, kids had a great time, they learned a lot about carburetors, valves, electrical and soon painting.



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I don't mind the result, at all, as far as trackers go. You and the kids learnt plenty, it's all good.

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