Not sure Jim. If its like the the VF1000R's you can split the cases without touching the top end (it was pretty straight forward really), but that may not be the case with this. Ill have to check into it. The timing chain may preclude that I dont know. Maybe Cap'n 80's would know if a case split with the top end intact is feasible on these ? Then Again, I may decide to just go through it all and restore it top to bottom. Paint is nice but not perfect, some decal scratches and other things. Depends really if im gonna keep it or let her go next year. No point in stinking a grand + into it if I end up letting her go. I seem to churn through bikes like socks these days.