Long time lurker, first time poster, just joined today. A month or so ago I traded some groceries to my father-in-law for a 1982 Silverwing GL500i that he bought a few years ago. He got the bike from a co-worker who had it sitting in her backyard for years without being ridden or maintained. Come to find out from these boards that this is a common outcome for these bikes. Well, he was having an issue with the front brakes locking up and rather than pay someone $400 to fix it, he let it sit. Well, I told him I'd take it off his hands and a deal was made. I quickly found this site and after much reading and digging I found the answer to the front brake mystery. The small hole in the MC under the reservoir was gunked up. So, I already have to say thanks to the members of this forum for help! This is the third bike I've owned and the first one that I will have to do some major work on. The bike runs well but needs some serious TLC. Since I got the bike for basically nothing, I've decided that this is the perfect opportunity to learn as much as I can and make it my project bike. My ultimate goal is to modify it into a bobber like many others have done. Hopefully with the help of this board, family and friends I'll be able to be cruising in style next riding season. As of right now I use this bike as a commuter to and from work. So any major modifications will have to wait. First and foremost I plan to remove the front fairing to make the bike look a little more respectable. haha Any questions, comments, tips or tricks will be appreciated and are encouraged! Attached are some pics of the beast.