Ha ha! I like your humour on the first line.
I'm interested when you say that Thai script is based on Pali. As there's no written Pali I assume you mean sounds the from the spoken Pali language perhaps?
I always read Thai is was derived from the Khymer script, although just having looked it up again, Wiki reckons Khymer itself comes from the Pallava alphabet of southern India.
I'm not claiming to be an expert on anything, but when I've looked at etymology of Thai words, a lot of them seems to be derived from Sanskrit, I can't really remember Pali being mentioned though.
Again, quoting Wiki, it says the 'Pali writing system' uses 'Brāhmī, Kharosthi, Khmer, Burmese, Thai, Sinhala and transliteration to the Latin alphabet'.
This would mean the reason Thais can read the Pali Canons is because it's written in Thai script.
The joy of looking after your own wheels was a very personal thing for me,being a mechanic was a bonus yes,and unfortunately some were not able to do that, thats where i came in [at a cost granted]. Some of my bikes were in my bedroom stripped and rebuilt.
XS650SE wasn't that the US styled one which was amongst the early factory Cruiser styled bikes in the UK. I remember them coming in back/silver and a sort of Brownish red. As Stuhan said they were a hell of a lot different to the Kettle and much more reliable than the short lived XS500