I just bought (like an hour ago!) a 1988 GSX-R 1100 from a total dumbass and I need some advice. THe guy I bought this thing from had left it out in the rain and other elements for over a year, never even starting it during that time, so I KNOW it's gonna need some work. Engine fires right up when you bypass the clutch safety, but sounds shitty as all hell. Clutch lever only goes in about 1/4 inch, then stiff and immoveable. Can't tell if the tranny works cos the shifter lever is jammed. As you can probably tell, i like fixer-upper projects (I've been restoring/modifying VW Beetles for 4 years and building kit cars for 2 years now, FUN!) however, I won't lie, I don't know shit about motorcycles, never even ridden one (Yeah, go ahead and rip me for being a total squid, blahblahblah "You got a fucked-up Gixxer for your first bike? What a dumbass!" etc. etc.) So, I guess what I'm asking is this. 1.) What work will this bike need? not just to fix it, but to get it running SMOOTH (what would YOU do to a bike thats been sitting outside in the weather for a year?). 2.) How much is this gonna cost? I throw pizzas for a living, so naturally I don't earn very much $$$. 3.) Is it even worth it to fix this thing up? I bought it for $500 thinking I came away with a steal...until I got it home... 4.) Am I gonna kill myself trying to have this be my first bike? I'm a very patient driver, never been in a car wreck (including my SCCA Rally races in my '91 Corrado) and I know I'm gonna have to take learning to ride a bike VERY slowly and VERY seriously. My fiance would be really pissed if I dropped this thing (more for the bike than for me, i think, she LOVES the Gixxer styling, and so do I!). I guess my MAIN QUESTION IS: WHAT AM I GETTING MYSELF INTO? Thanks!