I stepped away from my Vstrom a couple years ago because I wasn't using it the way I had intended. Went with a Triumph Speed Triple awesome bike and don't ever see me moving away from her. So along comes an opportunity for me to do a week long back country ride through Utah. It sparked the interest in a dual purpose bike. I decided I was going to do it on the cheap so the hunt begun for the "right " bike. Wasn't looking for anything special just started the hunt. I spent a couple weeks on Craig's list and finally found a 1990 DR650 in my price range. I went to look at it and all looked good it started after the second kick from dead cold. There is something appealing to me about a bike you have to kick to bring it to life. Everything worked and was factory. I was told the engine had recently been gone through, he had all the notes and receipts to show what work had been done. There was only 800 miles since the work was done. So we seal the deal and I take it home. The weekend showed up and I decided to take an easy day trip with some black top and some forest service roads. The total miles were 230ish some 65 mph stretches with it running around 4 grand on the tack. All went as planned no reason to think there was anything wrong at all. Next morning was Sunday and the family were all stuck in bed so I though it was a good time to sneak the bike out and put some more miles on again. Checked the oil and it was down to the point it wasn't showing up in the glass window. Side note I did the new to me oil change as soon as I got it home. It took about 3/4 of a quart to bring it back to the top line. So now the oh no moment started to set in. Well in into this about 500 miles and the oil usage would keep me from ever having to change the oil, its will be a check the gas and fill the oil program if I don't do something well tonight was the do something moment. http://s1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag127/tpruitt72/?action=view¤t=IMG_0043_zpsfd9077b9.jpg The head comes off and see heavy carbon and then move the piston down and see this.... http://s1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag127/tpruitt72/?action=view¤t=IMG_0044_zpsbac527e6.jpg And this http://s1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag127/tpruitt72/?action=view¤t=IMG_0045_zps576819f2.jpg The jug had to come off and and look at the piston... http://s1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag127/tpruitt72/?action=view¤t=IMG_0047_zpsc9061059.jpg The piton was galled so badly that it had the oil control rings frozen in place so there is my problem. Not sure how the builder or owner did the start up or what oil he chose to use but I'm now in the middle of a rebuild. Luck of the draw my Brother is a great engine guy and does it for a living so the brown santa will be dropping him off a couple of boxes this week. He's going to go through the head at the same time. Updates to follow.