Thanks Eddie! The bike does have an alternator. The bike is located in Florida and I am working with a middleman who really doesn't know much about the bike. It's really quite frustrating. I would much rather work directly with the seller but such is life. I haven't made an offer on it but told the seller I would buy it if it all checked out OK ...I am still waiting on videos of it running and lots of close up pics. I need to make damn sure the motor looks nice under that fairing too. From what I've been told (and I'm still waiting on confirmation) that this bike has only 100 miles on it from when it was built . ( I don't know if those were 100 miles of hard core racing or what. ) The builder of the bike has been building bikes for 40+ years and as part of the sale is going to completely go through the bike before it leaves his shop. As with any online vehicle sale, or even a local sale, you never know what you're getting into until you get it home and figure it out for yourself I guess. I will tell you this, for the price I'd pay for this, I wouldn't even be able to buy half the components on this bike much less a complete runner. I certainly appreciate your input and opinions.. that's why i posted it here. If anyone is in the Daytona Area and wants to check it out for me and take it for a spin, I'll gladly pay you for your time or buy you a round of pints. Since I'm in St. Louis and a new dad again, I can't get away. But I have checked out this builder and he is one of the best. Even one of the Senior member of this forum called me on my phone and personally vouched for this guys work...but didn't know anything about this particular bike. I'm not a racer and really only put a few hundred miles a year on my bikes. But I enjoy every minute of it.[/quote] I think it pretty much hinges on your faith in the builder. When these big triple motors are built well, they are bombproof and rapid. When they're not, they are a nightmare and a money pit! I would want to know what barrels are fitted, bored out stock barrels are too thin. Hyde barrels have a reputation for breaking the flanges. Try and find out what this has got. In my personal opinion though, a triple will always feel less exciting than a big brutish twin, That's why I sold my 988cc Harrier, brilliant as it was, it felt too modern, too normal. I do still say you'll have a lot of work to do to tidy things up if you remove the fairing and seat unit. Just look at the exhaust hanger as an example, it looks well engineered for strength, but with a Unity style seat on, it will all look a bit, well, bridge like! And racers have a habit of being untidy under the faring, that's not an insult, its jut cos there is no need to be tidy, functionality is all that matters. The gear change appears to be using the kick start shaft hole as a mounting point. This means the kick start parts are not there inside. And that the gear change mechanism will need re-making. On the plus side, I see it has a Newby belt and clutch, that is a big job on a triple and costs as much as many classic bikes ! Final point from me is that on my 988 triple, when I changed from Boyer to Tri-Spark it started easier and gained 5bhp on the dyno! I think the Boyer struggles in that application (big cc, high CR, 3cyl with wasted sparks, etc).