A well-maintained 1999 Buell X-1 Lightning with barely 3000 miles on the clock fit the bill perfectly and was priced right. Within a few days the former sportbike lay in pieces on the garage floor. What looked useful went in one pile, while everything else went in another. The engine, which after all was the centerpiece of the project, obviously made the cut, as did the complete front fork, the brakes and the wheels. A new frame was the first order of business. Stock Buell frames garner high points for rigidity and light weight. The new frame, built by Motorcycle Works of Olathe, Kansas, is also light and rigid, though in this case rigid means just that. There is no rear suspension other than what's provided by the tire and the rider's backbone. Mr. Carr reports that the hardtail frame, which uses a 35-degree rake and a 61-inch wheelbase, handles just fine, thank you, and is comfortable enough for short trips, particularly as he does most of his riding on the Sunshine State's glass-smooth roads. He readily admits it might not be the hot tip if you live somewhere with a less-attentive state DOT.