Patrick – My love of XS’s all started when my uncle gave me a couple bikes and extra motor, this 79’ and an 81’ special (one of my upcoming builds). Both of these bikes have matching numbers (frame and engine). After viewing all of the ideas on the web (especially this site) I decided just to ride it until the old tired motor gave up. I was fortunate enough to log about 450 miles before the end came. Oh, it would have gone further, but one of the locals in my area decided to pull out in front of me, causing me to lay it down. I turned out OK – just a few days of soreness afterward. But the motor was done, I was able to limp it home after the accident but it was leaking oil in way to many places to ever go down the road again.