Hello. New member, although very long time lurker (always seemed to find the info I needed without asking questions). I'm starting this thread to hopefully tap into some collective DR350 wisdom, and because I find the format of the DR350 Thread hard to follow. I've had my '92 DR350SN for around 18 months, bought as a non-runner for £100 (that's not a typo). Fresh petrol, carb clean, (plus a lot of kicking) and it burst into life. Been riding the snot out of it since. Absolutely love it. Mods I have carried out include, Acerbis tank (with homemade mounting kit), Maier rear fender, LED rear light, replaced stock headlight, UFO front fender, re-covered seat, new tyres (does this count?). Had a BMW pannier rack modified to fit. Found a stock exhaust to replace the loud DEP one. Bar risers and bark busters, heated grips. Also managed to find a bargain pair of 17" wheels. Mods carried out before I owned the bike. 385cc Wiesco piston, airbox mod. Wider pegs. Fork conversion of unknown origin, which is where the questions begin. Here are a couple of pictures of before, during and after the work. The day I bought it home. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50727920@N05/5514741904/" title="DR_01 by Rich_Stump, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5093/5514741904_77d761c259.jpg" width="500" height="334" alt="DR_01" /></a> Trip to Wales. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50727920@N05/4663562614/" title="Claerwen Reservoir by Rich_Stump, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4663562614_e7fd244b92.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Claerwen Reservoir" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50727920@N05/4662944269/" title="Mountain Goat by Rich_Stump, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4004/4662944269_5b5a222abc.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Mountain Goat" /></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50727920@N05/4663566324/" title="DR Taking a Break by Rich_Stump, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4009/4663566324_dfb0c5cbdd.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="DR Taking a Break" /></a> Woods setup. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50727920@N05/5514164451/" title="IMG_4062-Edit by Rich_Stump, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5251/5514164451_1e1ed6988e.jpg" width="500" height="313" alt="IMG_4062-Edit" /></a> Supermoto setup. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50727920@N05/5514169253/" title="supermoto_02 by Rich_Stump, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5059/5514169253_3b2aac69ea.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="supermoto_02" /></a> Also, a link to a video I recently made with my GoPro if anyone's interested. This is typical of the sort of riding the DR and I, try and do as much as possible of. <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/20508602?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&color=8bdb00" width="450" height="253" frameborder="0"></iframe> Anyway, in 5 weeks, I'm leaving the UK to travel to Morocco for the best part of a month. I'm pretty much prepared, with paperwork, tickets etc. all sorted. But I've not really done much in the way of preparing the DR for the big trip. And it's on this subject that I'd like to pick your brains . Which maintenance tasks would you definitely do before a potential 3000 mile trip? The bike runs so well at the moment I am hesitant to tear into it too far, and potentially (probably) balls something up. So far I was just planning on; checking the valve clearances, new plug, replacing the wheel bearings with new ones, lube/replace cables, greasing the rear linkages, replacing the fork seals and oil, new brake pads, and of course fresh oil and filter. I considered taking off the head and checking out the condition of the cam journals, rockers etc. I then realised that as it's a 385cc it would require a new gasket specific to this bore. Is this correct? Or can a standard head gasket be modified to work? The bike uses a little bit of oil, but only when cruising at motorway speeds for a long time, and even then, it isn't a great deal. I'm guessing that this is most likely to be valve seals and/or piston rings? It still pulls strong though, so doesn't seem to be down on compression. In your opinions, should this be something I get seen to, before my trip? On the subject of fork seals, I only want to order one correct set. Can anybody help identify for sure what the donor bike for the forks is/was? Looking at the micro-fiche's of several bikes, I'm leaning towards .. I'm lucky to have, with the DR, a notebook belonging to the first owner, documenting every single bit of maintenance ever carried out on it for the first 6 years of its life. I mean everything. Tyre pressures on the day it rolled out of the showroom, diagrams of the correct way to reassemble things, valve clearances, literally everything. Interestingly though, it mentions things I had been worried about tackling myself, such as back-spacing the clutch, the infamous shift-drum bolt etc. What I'm trying to say is I know that the bike has been very well looked after. Sorry if this is a lot of information/questions to be asking in a first post, but I'm just really trying to find out: a) whether I am foolish to trust a 19 year old bike to stay in one piece from here to Morocco and back? (Don't answer this one) b) is there anything I haven't considered that could potentially shaft me further down the line. c) what would you definitely do maintenance-wise before setting off? d) what are the forks from, as there seems to be loads of similar ones! Anything that I don't think I'll be able to achieve by myself, I will be able to take to my bike mechanic friend, so know worries there. Thanks in advance for your thoughts/advice. Phew! p.s. I'm also entering my first Hare & Hounds race in 2 weeks. Is this a silly idea on a bike that is supposed to take me to Africa three weeks later? Who cares!