I went for a bike ride and found this gem at a local yard sale. All I could think of when I saw it was Purple Rain, Puuuurple Raaaaiiiiiiiin! So with all its gayness I decided the price was right so I picked it up. It is a 1979 Yamaha XS650 Special. Back in the day when this bike was new I never gave these little machines a second look. All I wanted to do was go fast and if it did not have a 3 cylinder 2-stroke or an inline 4 cylinder UJM I was not interested. I have been noticing a few of the XS's Modified and I am impressed with the results. The plan for right now is to get it running and mechanicly sound to make sure we have a solid foundation to chop from. I will leave it a swing arm bike as Western NY roads are pothole riddled and the only way to ride fast is with a suspension. I plan on doing the entire build myself just like when I was younger and a lot more broke and had no choice in the matter. We will see where this takes us Stay tuned.