THanks for the kind, encouraging, and helpful words all. Here's to all of you, and I hope I can do you proud.
If I may offer *opinion*....I'd get the bike repaired and legally on the road...get some miles on, become familiar with it before deciding on any radical streetfighter or other time consuming mods or changes that render the bike unrideable.
I guess the other tricky thing about this is the simple fact that I don't yet even know how to ride. Well, I do sort of, but I'm not good enough at it to not just hurt myself. So I have a long wait of taking lessons, working two jobs, and taking welding classes all summer before I can even ride the bike. Additionally, the idea of learning bike mechanics appeals to me as much as riding, so doing some light mods seems like good times to me. So if I can't ride, why not tweak? Still, I will for sure get it running totally stock as best I can before I make any final decisions about modding it or not.
As for oil, don't use...
BTW, sounds like the elbow has healed up?
For oil I just placed an order for Bel-Ray products, having fallen under the allure of the MC Garage YouTube series. In fact I got all the liquids from Bel-Ray, because it may cost more, but I'll only have the one company to blame when something goes wrong.
The arm is great. I saw my surgeon earlier this month, he looked at me putting my arm out nearly straight, almost totally locked and he said "that's awesome, nobody does that at six weeks."
be sure to drain/clean the gas tank and have a look inside
Done and done.
It's good to see that someone wants to take their time and do things right. The factory service manual is worth it's weight in gold.
I checked ebay, and the good news is there is a base manual that you would be required to use, if you decide to go with the FSM. It's the EN400/EN450 years 85-90, and going for about $40 plus shipping, brand new.
Looks like I'm just spending whatever it costs for a manual. So it goes.