Hello world of wise and helpful motorcycle lovers. I'm embarking on my first motorcycle restoration and thought it would be fun for others and great for me to go through it step by step. I have some mechanical experience but this is a new test. We all start somewhere, so lend a hand if you can and let's get this party started. It begins with a 1982 Yamaha xj550 Maxim. The end goal is to convert it into a cafe racer styled bike, while navigating things properly throughout the build as to not get in over my head, and doing it on a budget. The bike is pretty clean, it's been sitting for a few years and doesn't run. Checked the engine block and it matches the Stem VIN. (both are that short 9 digit type) First Steps Questions: (links speak louder than words) 1. Can anyone find or point me to a great manual for this bike? From what I've researched that's a pretty good first step 2. First I want to get the bike running. Here is my basic plan for this first stage. Battery: What battery should I get for this bike? (doesn't have one) Spark: I'll plan on replacing the spark plugs and while I have them out should I put anything in there because it's been sitting? Oil: I'll change the oil, manual should tell me what type right? That should also tell me if there is any oil in it. If there isn't should I put some in the cylinder when the spark plugs are out and manually turn it over some? Fuel: Like most small engines I'm betting the main problem is in the carb. Probably gummed up from old fuel. I'll plan on following the manual for cleaning out the carb. Is this a good first-stage plan? Anything I'm forgetting and any suggestions?