"I bought it in about 98 and it was a complete basket case. I think it had been around Australia 5 times, the electrics had caught fire and then it was left out in the weather for a couple of years before I bought it. The parts were either very worn, crispy black or rusty brown - often all three. But it was a T500 and a MkIII at that so I just had to have it! I was lucky enough to make contact with someone who was restoring a Cobra and who had to move house. After a little haggling, I got his spares (more or less a whole machine - thanks Andrew!) which saved the day. I'm still chasing the tank rack, the front mudguard stays, and a few other bits. One day I'll restore it to original but for now it's just a blast to ride one again.