First project bike/rebuild
I've had my K6 for about two years now. I've done some minor work/maintenance on it, but nothing too complicated. I've been thinking about getting an older project bike to tear down and rebuild. I have experience with Mercury outboard motors and Cummins diesel engines, so I have a decent mechanical background. The schools I went through for those involved a rebuild for each engine, but I'm still somewhat of a newbie when it comes to working on bikes. I'm looking around for a bike to throw in the garage and get started.
I just wanted to reach out for advice before I make a mistake or start learning lessons the hard way. I plan on breaking the bike down and doing an engine rebuild, then customizing it as I put it back together. I won't be in a hurry since my '06 1000 is still in good shape. I realize this will be difficult and I'll have a lot to learn, but that's the point. Between the service manual, the forum, and Youtube, I figure I should be able to handle it. I also have a shop that would give advice as needed. Should I find a decent older bike and follow the service manual for my first rebuild? If I'm willing put $4,000-$5,000 into it (not including the cost of the bike), could I come out with a decent street bike? I'm not worried about making in track ready, I just want to be able to put together a good street bike that runs well and looks nice.
I haven't decided on a particular bike. Any and all advice would be much appreciated! I don't post on here much, it wouldn't let me post in the "General Bike Talk" thread, so I came here. Thanks!