I've owned a couple of Hawks and consider it the best of the best ultralights! But, even at it's lightest it's not 254 lbs....but I won't tell if you don't. Are you sure that you're plane isn't in airworthy condition now? If so why not fly it first and then think about upgrades. I bought my second Hawk in San Antonio, TX and flew it home to Kansas City. Long trip with many stops since it only had a five gal tank and cruised at 55 mph. I am also 6'2" and did install the curved overhead spar carrythrough. It's somewhat of a pain in the butt to install but gives nice headroom. My plane also had aluminum sheet on the nose due to a previous owners forced landing tearing up the bottom fabric. I replaced all the envelopes as well. Other mods were a BRS chute, streamlined fairings for the wing struts which added 7 mph to the cruise speed, hinged doors to replace the zippered flaps, and replaced the Rotax 447 with a 503 which gave another bump in speed but needed a 10 gal tank to go anywhere. I flew her to Oshkosh once in around 2004 or 2005. I also taught myself to do simple aerobatics in the Hawk...loops, rolls, spins, etc. Hope you have as much fun with your's as I did!