ok... I lived to tell the tale ... The model shown is a 2002 Adventure with almost 80.000 kms on the clock. I am dissapointed as hell by my mechanic amd I will expain the story in order for you guys to help me during this sad I must say situation. Sad because (1) I really love this bike and (2) because before 5.000 kms the engine had a major rebuild. Rewind a couple of years ago and I am in a pond, sinking with my KTM ... Trying to empty the water from the engine did not work as it should be, so the hydraulic pressure damaged the conrod... This is when the party begun... I tols my mechanic to be thorough with the engine, change whatever it should be changed and we proceeded to that end. New cam, new piston, new conrod, new conrod bearings the lot. Or so I thought... That rebuilt cost me back then 1500 Euros. For that amount of money I could have bought a used Adv here. With unknown problems probably, but still a lot of life left in it. At the time I thought to fix mine and have it for another good 80-100k ... A couple of years and one race later, the bike shows excessive metal parts on the magnetic bolt. That was a week before the 24Hours race last November. I thought that it might be serious, as either a gear or a bearing is dying, but I thought that I had some life left in the engine and after the race I would be going for looking exactly what the problem is. 80 km into the race the bike starts making a whining noise which is audible through my ear plugs... :huh at the same time there is no difference if I pull the clutch or not. It seems to be constantly engaged. Now, this is a serious alarm but then again I am in the middle of nowhere and have to arrive at the bivouac. I contact the people at the bivouac, and inform them about my problem, so I hope when I arrive there they have the right spares to fix it. For 40 kilometers it was a Navigational hell... Clutchless shifts, navigate and try not to get lost because I could not turn around. I thought of my mechanic more than one times and not in a good way if you know what I mean... The bike dies at some point instantly, like somebody cut out the ignition. I have power, all the lights are ok, the engine turns but does not start... Race is over ... After a week, the bike goes to another mechanic which I trust (I did not know him a couple of years ago...) and we open the engine... This is what we found ... This is the place where the transmission shaft goes. There should be a bearing there... :huh which the engine eat and spit it out everywhere... The piston is badly damaged, so is the cam, the gears are probably dead and all the bearings should be changed.... Not only that, but the case is ground due to the eccentric shaft and it is badly damaged. So is the clutch side which ate the side engine cover. The rest is history... The above shows the metallic paste that went everywhere... Of course I contacted the mechanic who did the rebuilt but his answer was that it is not his fault, it is me and the places where I ride the bike. Ok ... whatever... I did not know that the manual suggests that I take my bike to work, without using the clutch too much and then home where I tap the saddle and go to sleep. He suggested that he will give me a used transmission in a very low price, what about the one thousand five hudred Euros MrPerfect ? He said that he could fix the case by redoing the bearing case and putting a larger ring with another type of bearing, He also said that he has done it before and it works better that the KTM's solution. Now the question is why he did not do it in the first engine rebuilt .... but then again who am I to ask ? As an Engineer I keep asking myself why on earth would I want to keep the rotating parts that ate the heart out of a bearing the cam, the bearings... everything...) ... There is no reason IMHO so I am proceeding to that end. Only the cilynder is in good condition and that is the feeling through naked eye, not by measuring its circularity. So I am in need if a new engine. Which I will rebuilt, but still I need to find the whole thing. I have found an engine. It is a 2003 LC4 supermoto, grey engine. The 2003 was the first HiFlow if I am not mistaken. I have heard a lot of problems for the first year HighFlows. Any help appreciated here. I should be able though to keep the black head but that is something in question at the moment. a) The 2003 has a different ECU to the 2002 ? I think they changed the electrics as well. I dont want to get a wiring harness, an ECU and the lot cause the cost is already high ... b) The transmission looks the same with the ADV when I am looking at the KTM spare but then again I am not sure. Any thoughts ? :huh c) I am 99% sure it will popin the frame I have but just to make sure the engine price is approximately 350 Euros... I will have to add the cost of the rebuild, the spare parts and everything... As I wanted to use the bike as a testbed for equipment I design and build, this is a huge drawback... Financially, because I am putting all the efforts to develop something and now I am without a bike to test it... Well I have another one, an FE450 which hasnt gone yet to meet its creator but I do not know when exactly it will. And I have already created a NavTower for the Adv. Now I have to design one for the Berg and test the prototype Nav Roadbooks there ... Go figure. Sorry for the long passage, I feel like talking to friends. here D.