I bought my 1981 XS650 special of an old bloke about 3 or so months ago, the basic premise was that I was going to turn it into a cafe racer, how ever as most things in life, things are more than they seem, the electric starter gear was shonky and wouldnt engage most times, and the kickstarter would violently kickback at you if you didnt kick it right, some thing that proved very uncomfortable for a gentleman like me with shoddy knees. So for 3 months it sat, gathering dust in my garage, well after a while my friend convienced me to start on it again, put some fresh fuel and many times turning the motor over , its started, warmed it up all good, put it into gear *CLUNK SHUDDER!* engine turns off, turns out the clutch plates had stuck together from long period of unuse, so the first thing I am doing to this project is getting the bike reliable, that electric starter, new oil and filters, new drain bolts and gaskets, all of which are on there way from the US, ill post pics and commentry as my project goes along, to start it off... After removing all the footrests, gear changer and what not and taking out the old oil, we removed the side case to unstick the clutch plates, a lot of em where stuck together, after prying em apart, we put em back together and the bike could freely move when placed into gear! hooray! Tune in next time...new starter gear, bendix gear, oil, fluids and filters, will this bird fire up and run? lets hope so!