Howdy, I started another thread introducing myself and the bike, but will continue and document the build here. Previous post: http://www.xs650.com/threads/new-member-first-xs.53753/#post-576146 Alright here it goes. I started riding last year and my motorcycle journey began with a 1972 Honda SL125 I bought from Cycle Heap in Portland, OR. It started as a non-runner and after a few weeks became my learner bike, which is now my daily rider. Before: After: Pretty quick after getting confident in my riding and going on a 350 mile ride on this, I became apparent that I needed MOAR POWER. My buddy built a really killer XS chopper and suggested I get one of those. A month later and a few trips back to Cycle Heap I picked up this! Bike has good compression and a title, PO sold it because he couldn't get a spark, but that's all I really know. Got a great deal and brought it home. Started the tear down and found that it has a Boyer Bransden advance unit, a stock TCI computer, but no pickup, and an aftermarket coil which is dead. Got the seat, rear seat bracket, turn signals, tail light, rear fender, carbs, battery box, brake calipers, rear master cylinder, etc. Here is how the bike sits now: Carbs look surprisingly good, but got them apart and soaking in carb cleaner. Pulled the left engine cover and boy oh boy is it nasty! Lots o' crud and oil so new seals are in order! Drained the oil and there was a touch of metallic swirl but a decent amount of metal sludge in the drain cap. Pulled the pipes and they are nice on top but cruddy on the bottom. Going to wire wheel the rust off and see how usable they are. Would like to run them as I'd rather spend my cash on all the other things first. That catches us up pretty good. I don't currently have a theme or style for this build just jet. I'm not looking to build a beauty queen, but also not a complete rat bike. I may hardtail it and go full chopper, but I want to get riding this pretty quick so I will probably just put that on the back burner. Here are my phase 1 plans: -Figure out ignition: Probably going with the TCI with the MP08 coil. Delete starter, but run a battery, can't seem to find a conclusive answer on just what battery the TCI requires if going to kick only... -Grind all the tabs and whatnot -Remove rust from frame and rattle can with etching primer -New cheap seat (already ordered) -Replace oil seals -Clean and paint wheels -Shinko 270 tires (already ordered) -Rebuild brake calipers and run a 11mm master cylinder up front -New bars (probably reverse clubman) and stock switches removed -New cables all around -UNI pod filters -Open up exhaust if it's still usable -Canadian carb needles with a one or two steps up in jetting Phase 2: -New front and 32 rear sprocket -New chain -Solid riser bushings -brass swingarm bushings (if I'm not hardtailing it) -Rebel 250 shocks with 2" front fork lowering kit -Full engine rebuild -Probably a billion other little things That concludes our story for today! Thanks to everyone for all of the killer info on here and I look forward to your input! Roll on!