Before I say anything about the aforementioned quest, I must announce that I have no experience OR exposure to anything vaguely mechanical. I 'installed' a sidestand on my first bike last year and I am still resting - proudly - on that laurel. It took me like an hour to do it, and my bike inexplicably exploded a week later. That's what we're dealing with. (Specific questions at the end of post, after self-indulgent ramble) And I think it's total rubbish. For some reason, I feel it's irresponsible to have no understanding of how a motorbike works if you ride one. I don't know why I never felt this way about cars, but whatever. Instead of giving in to my recent urges to trade in my Suzuki GS500F for a Honda GB500, or to buy some new and shiny things to put ON my GS, I am considering doing something more productive with my time and money. I am considering buying a POS motorbike and spending the next 12 months turning it into my dream ride, so that when my restrictions are up I can give myself a nice present. I imagine that with enough time and reading, I could figure out how to do all of the things just fine, but I am also looking for some guidance from you guys. Just for your reference, a bit about my likes and plans: I want a capable bike - reliable, fun, agile and torquey - and while I do have a clear preference about appearance, I am more interested in what something feels like than how it looks. I've always imagined myself buying a Thruxton or a W650 or a Kawasaki GT/GPz or a BMW R65. I've recently been looking at other, weirder stuff though - like adventure bikes and supermotards and vintage dirt bikes - thinking that I could have fun making them unrecognisable. I like the idea of a scrambler but I doubt I'd ever go off-road. I've never ridden a single cylinder but what I've read about them makes me think they represent all that I look for in a motorcycle - this could be romanticised and mindless faff though. I am a 5'6 girl (this is what mostly crushed my motard dreams), and while I intend to make my way to the twisties semi-regularly after I've done an advanced riding course or something (I know I could just go there and learn but I try to nerd out over everything before experiencing it, bear with me ), I mostly see myself commuting through the week and meandering through the hills and backstreets on weekends. SO! Thoughts? Is this too ambitious? Is 12 months a reasonable window to give myself? What do you consider when you choose the base bike for your custom project?