wow smitty you seem to have an attitude against my bike, did it wrong you in a former life? well first about the air filters, I'm not riding the bike so nothing will get in, I'm still waiting on parts for it which should be here on tuesday. I'm working on a filter system for it right now. as far as the bars go, they are set in about the same position as a zrx1200 or fz-1, they aren't as high or as wide as they seem. and I found several bars to put on it, why not put cafe racer bars on it? thats what I like. as far as making it like a new sport bike, thats not my intension, just want something funky to ride around and maybe take to one of those vintage races one day. the bike is not as slow as you think, remember I just unloaded a gsxr600, granted it was faster but not extremely, and I would be able to spank an ex500. my bike is the same bike from 79 which I have found several people used as cafe racers because of the dohc engine, so why not me.
I am leaning about bikes, quite quickly might I add, this bike is comfy for me to ride, the gixxer was impossibe to ride for more them 15 min at a time. If I like my bike why not fix her up and make her my own? she runs perfect, just needs a few modern touches.