I've been watching this thread since you started it and I'm loving what you are doing with the RD, I have a little idea of giving new life to one, but the LC model instead of the aircooled... But we'll see..
I do feel so sorry about your mother, and I understand that you can have problems with moving to a new place.. The important thing is that you are still on the project, maybe not as fast as in the first time, but you are progressing.
I'll wait for you to show some progress!
Just in case.. Merry christmas!
2010 Honda XR 250 Tornado