I recently purchased an 81' KZ750 LTD. My plan for it is a complete redesign over winter with the hopes it's road worthy next spring.
I am a carpenter/remodeler by trade and have my own successful business. I've always wanted to learn about motorcycles and hands on practice is how I learn. I don't have any formal training with the workings of a motorcycle but I am a getter done kinda guy whos not afraid of a challenge. The way I look at it, this bike project is like taking a Boces/shop class.
Looking forward to what comes out of these next few months and glad to have found a rich community of riders and tinkerers that will have my back!
Wow, already got some feedback! That's cool. By "redesign" I meant, I am going to cut it up. No specific plans yet, but I will be getting rid of what I can to clean up the bike, looking into modern electrical components, the whole shebang. It's a big undertaking for a noob but what is the worst that can happen..maybe it takes more time, money, blood, than I am prepared to give...who cares as long as I gain some knowledge!
Welcome to the club! it might be in your best interest to have a wee bit of a game plan before you introduce any saws to the bike, remember anything you take off the frame was there for a reason and it all has a knock on effect. Loose some frame, loose rigidity and strength, make sure you brace as well as cut, loosing rigidity leads to frame flex, making things safe as well as aesthetically pleasing to the eye will save yer ass down the line.
IMO, it's best to avoid any permanent changes - if you ever want to move on in the future, it's much easier to sell a (reasonably) stock bike than one with a modified frame. You can do a lot to change the look without going that far.