... especially if the blog goes quiet around May of this year. There's a good chance this'll be the reason.
Here's a customized one in the scrambler/TT style from Bike Exif.
I was waiting at the Yamaha dealer when the first '78 SR500 got there, and I bought it. I've wanted another ever since I wrecked that one in '86.
It's still kickstart, but they have transistor-controlled ignition (TCI), fuel injection, and a compression release, so it should be a little easier, plus the slightly smaller displacement. I was out kicking the old TY175 to life this evening so I think I can manage it.
These are not sportbikes like Ninjas or something to get me killed on the road. They are retro machines, old tech, meant to recall the classic Brit singles, like the BSA and the Royals -- minus the finicky nature of the Brits. They are rice-burning dinner buckets. Except for the torque and being able to wheelie at will, they are quite tame and mild-mannered. The top-end on the old 500 was about 90 mph. This probably about the same. Much beyond about 70 without a fairing, it gets a little breezy anyway.
No, it'll be my wife that kills me. After I bought the Victory Vision that she wanted me to get, she had a conniption that I spent a tenth of that to restore the TY. The TY doesn't need plates or add to my personal property tax or require insurance. An SR400 would add cost but not that much. So we'll see if I survive.
And, of course, when it gets right down to it, I might back out. I really don't need it, but I sure would like to have it.