First name on the riders team sheet was, obviously enough, me. I had no idea if anyone else would be stupid enough and have time enough to attempt a ride like this with me, so when I came up with the plan, I was prepared to do it alone ... or at least large stretches of it alone.
The bike I was riding was the rebuilt X-Challenge that featured in last years Morocco ride report - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=727119
The modifications are numerous and detailed on the bike build thread here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=524638
, but for purposes of being brief ...
The big ticket highlights are:
- Hyperpro Shock
- Marzocchi twin chamber 50mm forks, resprung and revalved
- Hot Rod X-Tank (9.5litres)
- Hot Rod X-Rack
- Hot Rod KTM 690 Rallye fairing assembly
- Excel Rims (A60 up front)
- Scheffelmeier bash plate
- Rayz seat
- HID50 projector lights, ballasts and bulbs
- SR Racing exhaust
- Assorted hard parts from Scheffelmeier, Hot Rod and Adventure-Spec
- Terry Browns prototype X-Challenge oil cooler
I used the Giant Loop Fandango tank bag, a 49 litre (not the big one) Ortlieb roll bag on the back, but the main panniers were a product (Magadan Bags) that I had been developing over the last year or so since nothing else did the job, now produced and distributed by Adventure-Spec.
When the bike emerged from the workshops of Hyperpro and Hot-Rod just 10 days before departure, it looked like this:
In adventuring mode, on the road, it looks like this: