Around 2013 I wanted to do something a little more productive than watching tv after the family went to bed at night. It only amounted to about 1-2 hours a few nights a week, but over the weeks and months this is a significant amount of time to tick some boxes that I had been wanting to tick.
I have allways had a modern bike and wanted something older to tinker with. A yamaha tx500 came up for the right $ with a heap of parts, being a non desirable old bike with little money into it so far I thought if I lose interest or fuck it up it will not be a great loss.
So to cut a long story short, after about 14 months I had it running and registered and thoroughly enjoyed the journey.
This led to wanting to do another project, I was looking for a xs650 but it isn't all that different from the 500 so I started looking at 2 strokes. I looked at RG, RZ, RD, RS, RGV but not too many around and most asking crazy money. The bike below came up and I was interested as it was the same model (VJ22) I owned between 1994 and 1998.
I was also keen as it had a Tyga rear end on it and it was a late model 7/98.
The late year hopefully meant it had the more robust roll pins in the centre power valve.