After a year without a bike I was looking for something easy to maintain, cheap to run, light and pokey and with a low purchase price. So I snagged this little fellow via Gumtree for $650. The RS is a kickstart only single, reportedly gets 25km/L and has 27hp @ 148kg wet (that last statistic I'm finding hard to believe, it feels like I could put it in my backpack). Checks all the boxes! It hasn't been registered for three years, though it has been run semi-regularly. I should probably dump the fuel that's in the tank rather than run it through, and the oil in it smells like roast lamb when it gets warm. Starts fine, rides fine, idles fine, corners like a housefly. 24k on the clock. Tyres are great. Front brakes are cactus, the fork seals might pass a RWC but won't live much past New Year and someone has ridden it through mud and put it away wet so there's plenty of surface rust on the underside of the frame. The air filter must be the one that came out of the factory with it because it disintegrated on touch. Cosmetically the tank has a dent in it and surface rust (inside is surprisingly good) and needs a respray, the vinyl seat needs recovering, the bikini is the wrong colour and the visor is slightly warped. Otherwise a-okay. Looking to get it on the road in the next month. Thinking about getting the fork seals and brake pads and fluid done at E2W in Fitzroy as it seems to have a good rep on this place as I'm a little pressed/stressed for time around now and much beyond oil change and spark plugs is an effort for my mad skills. Ultimately getting it on the road and the having a rideable restoration hobby project for the next few years is the goal. Anyone got any tips on owning or maintaining an RS or anything else useful, post away.