A few other riding buddies showed interest, and one of them, Rod, whom I will introduce later, suggested the idea of bringing an American riding buddy of his along - Rick. Rick was a veteran of the TAT and Continental Divide Trails and so before long Rick was applying for visas, prepping his bike and having it shipped over to England for the start of the ride.
There would be three of us attempting to ride the whole trail ... Myself, Terry and Rick. Others would join us later for stages of the trip, but three of us planned to ride it from start to finish:
Rick was on a DR650, which had had the stock suspension looked over, and a steering damper. For luggage, he had a lot ... Dirt bags at the sides, a Giant Loop tank bag, some additions front tank bags and a large bag on the back. It looked a little top heavy to me, but we'll see how it goes.