In the end, the restoration was very expensive. Looking at it from an “I want to make an old bike better than a new one”, it doesn’t make much sense. I was restoring (or saving) this old KX500 to bring it back to its full glory. It’s not worth anywhere near the sum of the parts that went into it, but the reality is that this was a “love of the sport” project. The big KX500 is a bit cranky at the track, and takes work to ride fast, but the bike is beautiful and totally unique. At the track, those who remember riding or racing open bikes search you out, and its great just talking about motocross. The 500 used to be the pinnacle of the sport, and it’s really fun to own and ride one.