It all started with an innocent thought, which with the dropping temperatures and arriving Winter, gathered momentum and turned into a semi-controlled obsession. Riding season was over, what was I going to do with my addiction? I needed a project to survive the cold season.
And so I started scanning Craigslist, first once a week and then daily, looking for a project bike, the inevitable but opportunistic Basket Case. And sure enough, shortly after noon on that Sunday I was hooked by this post which advertised an ‘82 Honda XR500 in pieces, for little money. The single picture displayed an apocalyptic scene with a diabolical hand sprayed naked frame in center stage and a large tool chest full of parts. Perfect! Checked with my wife that she wouldn’t cut my throat with a dull knife if I brought this “project” home and with a sweet kiss she let me go to meet my destiny and Brian, the-young-man-who-took-the-bike-apart-and-in-consternation-wasn’t-sure-what-to-do-with-the-pile. Brian and I shook hands and we went to his backyard for the introductions. “Mike, this is XR500, XR500 this is Mike”. Not quite love at first sight, I’ll admit that she looked better in the photo. But after a few trips to my truck, she was happily riding in the back on our way home.
Want to see a few pictures? Here we go…
Next step? Let’s sort the arsenal and find out what we actually acquired.