Briefly I have a 1978 Honda XL 350 which I was modifying towards being more of a street machine - tires, handlebars, front fender, etc.
The lower half needs a complete rebuild, and many crucial parts are no longer available so a shop on the Island suggested fitting a Suzuki DRZ 400 engine on it... They are waiting for one (i.e. a wreck) to come up for sale. I would actully prefer an air-cooled engine, but what I would really like is that whatever engine goes on be electric start... the old knee just can't handle high compression starting anymore.
I have been on the lookout for an engine, but I really don't know what I should be looking for. I understand that there is likely to be a range in terms of how much work will be involved in mounting a different engine...
Has anyone out there got any ideas or experience to help me narrow down my search? I would like to stay around the same size with respect to cc's, but I am flexible... what I really want is to ride it again! Thanks for your interest.