Any pics from a 80 catalog and what other years were the special order colors available?, I have had 80-83!, all my 80's have been HR or MR. Here is the 1980 catalog pic of the frames available.
I remember one of these showing up on eBay many years ago that sparked a similar discussion but I don't recall which messageboard it was on. I don't see the thread here on the CABE... It was a west coast bike and had the same early style decals.
Now that is more like it.that one looks legit to me.the first one i still say is a repaint.the one in japan is too hard to tell in the pics.this one is,at least from what i can see a factory built bike.thats a find to fuel your discussion.the paint and the actual presence and nicly matched deteriorating sidewinder decals seem spot on with this one.