Hello everyone, I've been a motorcycle rider and tinkerer for quite some time now and on my last full motorcycle build I realized the value of sharing progress and problems on a public forum like this. The last motorcycle I went through and repaired was a DR350 that I bought for a reasonable price, fixed and then sold for a profit. After selling I went "you know what, that was a good bike and I'd like to build another one". So this time I'm going at it a little different. This bike will be built for FUN. Not resale, not with return on investment in mind. Just fun. With $1700 in hand (from selling my first DR) I began my search and this is what I found. Here's the long and mechanically gory back story... The bike is a 1993 DR350 Dual Sport version with approximately 14k miles on the odometer. The original owner melted a big fat hole in the piston and swallowed up 2 valves. The owner was mixing up his own personal concoctions of gasoline at home with his roommates (he worked at a fuel laboratory and I guess they brought their work home?). See below. Regardless, he sold it with this blown engine and moved on. The next owner purchased a complete engine on eBay with only 4k miles but when it arrived and he went to install it, he realized the cam journals had seized up and the cam shaft snapped in two (seriously, the cam shaft sheared into two pieces). So... After going back and forth with the ebay seller, the owner had enough with it and sold the bike with lots of extra goodies (including the old blown engine) to me for $500. Here it is on the way home. So that's the story behind the bike. Now for where I'm going with it... Considering the purchase price of the motorcycle, I want to do all the things I'd dreamed of with my first DR but couldn't justify because of price and resale value. This time, I have a $500 bike with $1200 left to spend on it. I'm just beginning to catch up on this build so stay tuned! Also, feel free to comment with any ideas or tips for this build.