I understand the temptation. Café racers, scramblers, and their ilk are crazy cool right now. Everyone wants so badly to be "authentic," and what's more genuine than a proper vintage bike, brought back to life and customized with your own two hands? It's a romantic and compelling vision indeed, but making an old bike road worthy usually entails far more time, money, and frustration than anticipated. And that's if you already know how to set points, sync carbs, and diagnose electrical gremlins. If that café or scrambler build is going to be your first foray into mechanics, you may be in for a rough ride. Better to buy something reliable as a daily rider—even if it is uninspiring—and pursue that restoration in your leisure time. The road to retro-racer paradise is littered with half-finished, non-running CBs, RDs, and XSs.