Thursday, 18 October 2012

Did it!

Oh my god that was tough, bottled the 1st one half way up, but then strapped a pair on and did 2 others!

Great fun but the xt is not the best bike for pure off roading, but coped with the very wet mud, tree stumps and ruts as good as it could as well as being good on the road.

Day to test the bike on all services 1!! 120 miles of A roads, B roads and motorway along with 2 1/2 green lanes, good overall practice but absolutely knacked!!!

Just the shopping to do and daughter to pick up now!!!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

No protection!!

It's time to see if my bike is any good off road!!

No protection bought as yet, but maps printed and agenda planed for off road riding tomorrow. Green laning tomorrow, but looking at websites my bikes to big and too high and there's to much power!! Think what they would say about a KTM 990!!'

Just for the record it has rained a little, and might be a bit wet!! And a bit slippery.

Asked ian if he fancied trying his bike off road, he said "yes I think I might decide in my bike soon, although I would not want to drop my KTM!!!

If I am brave enough I will post some pics!!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Hotel booked

Booked the hotel the night before we go to save the really early start, it might even give us the opportunity to top up on beer before we head of for the Muslim countries!!

More money ian owes me!!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

And my final decision is.....

Well it's been an extremely difficult decision as to what bike to take to Morocco in 2013 . On the one hand I own the beautiful and more than capable KTM990R , so much going for it with one exception being the height for when I'm doing some of the rocky trails .
The alternative which I have been seriously considering is to purchase a KTM 690 enduro as this is perfect in so many ways ie 50kg lighter and especially suited to riding in morocco ,however the 990 would be better for the ride from the uk and back again !
So theirs the dilemma !
The decision I have come to is.........
Well if anyone is following this blog your help via comments would be appreciated!!

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

6 Months Today

Very exciting, this time in 6 months and we will be very nervous and hopefully ready for the off!!!

That's is of course subject to Ian making a decision!! but I have heard rumours that he is considering making a decision some time in the next year or so, but does not want to be rushed.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Happy Sundays!!

Spent a hour or so cleaning the bike, not sure its been cleaned properly from new, still a few more hours to spend which is mainly down to my OCD!!!

I know some of you would say what's the point as its going to get caked in mud, sand and shxt but it helps me get to know the bike.

Also removed the standard exhaust in preparation for the new arrival on Tuesday!!

Also got approval from my girls, took Jacqueline out for a couple of hours last night and she loved it, very hard to ride it smooth though!!! She must of head butted me at least a dozen times.

Now you might not think my wife's comments are approval, but "it's not as ugly as I thought" is most definitely a positive!!!

Friday, 5 October 2012

The sweet sound!!!!

The sound issue has been dealt with a brand new pair of Leo Vince slip on's coming on Tuesday!! Should also give me a few more bhp.

Saw ian today as well and there is some good news???????

He is still 75% ish maybe certain that he is taken the KTM!!

Must also mention the manager of infinity Motocycles of farnborough who looked after me very well on clothing. Great shop and worth a visit

Pipes on next week and maybe a couple of pic's.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Brain in overdrive

Ok trying to watch mrs Biggs and all I can think about is what else needs to be done!!!

So in my analytical mind (which is in hypo drive) is logo and t- shirts and logo design which is the next project'

Note to self, must sleep tonight!!

Sorry, picture of the bike!!

A truly amazing day

For 2 reasons

1. Ian has learnt to work the blog.
2. Ian has committed to the whole bike thing, and at least he is only 25% uncertain of what to take (today anyway)!!!

On a more mundane note, I have kitted myself out in some rukka goretex kit, dainesse goretex boats and some goretex gloves oh and picked up my bike.

Bike is great, light, nimble and with a bit if grunt, needs some bits to protect it, and more noise!!!!

The most amazing thing after the Ducati is after 120 miles there's still 2/3 of a tank of fuel left!!! Bloody amazing.

Anyway happy day for me and nearly decisive day for ian, he thinks!!

Decisions, Descions, Descisions

Justins so right. I really am struggling to decide what bike to take. On the one hand i have my beautiful and extremely capable KTM 990R which is a fantastic bike , on the other i fancy taking a smaller lighter bike (preferably a KTM 690R). But i will be compromising the fantastic road ability of the 990 for the equally fantastic off road abilities of the 690.
So much of the trip will be on road that 75% of me says take the 990 , but as i love off road riding i want to have fun off road in Morocco and i feel the 990 is just that little bit too big and heavy to enjoy off road. That said with the luggage i expect to be taking even the 690 will be heavy , but probably 40kg lighter to begin with. Its a difficult one, but one i need to decide on soon!
Whilst i ponder here is a picture of the current 990R , which will have a few mods done before taking it to Morocco if it becomes my final choice.

Today's the day

My beautiful Ducati goes today and I enter the world of old man riding!!!

May even spend a shed load of money on some all weather kit, which is handy as its going to piss down all day!!!

Just coming up to 6 months till of and ian has defiantly decided on what he is taking.......

And I can confirm........

Defiantly, without question it will be a......

Bike!!!! The more specific is still unknown!