I've got everything removed from the engine and it's ready for removal. I'll give it a good clean and polish before re-installing, but won't be touching the engine other than that. It's pretty strong, and I'm not looking to make a performance bike, just a better looking one.
Next step with be a lot of cutting on the frame. I'm removing the tail section, and then let loose on it with an angle grinder to rid all the ugly brackets, tabs and such that I no longer need. It'll be a lot cleaner looking when it's all done.
Wrenching on a motorcycle is very much like wrenching on a bicycle. It's almost a form of therapy when you don't feel like you even need therapy.