Visit to the shop
After talking to the technician about my transmission problem mentioned before, he educated me about the damage he was able to notice that was likely causing the shifting issues. He explained that there wasn't any single part that was the issue, but rather the combination of many parts showing significant wear and tear that was likely the problem. I decided to buy a new 2013 bike and move on. Therefore my 97 650 is for sale on Craigslist. In time I hope to sell it for $1000. I will be looking for a used engine in the meantime in case it doesn't sell.
I need a used 97 DR650 engine to get this bike running again. PLEASE HELP!