It has been 6 years since we last rode our Dakar’s and we wondered how the bikes would be after such a long period of inactivity, not helped by our friends in Germany reminding us that they are kaput.
One could argue that these are inanimate objects but for us they very much alive. Cherish them with decent oil, fuel and maintenance and they will respond in equal measures.
Disregard them and they will let you down in revenge.
Named after two 1920’s temptresses, Josephine (Baker) and Isadora (Duncan) each has its own distinct personality.
Mine, like myself, is sluggish at getting going in the morning. Linda’s is the complete opposite.
How would they now react to being outcast, after serving us so well through Africa and the Silk road?
And how would they feel being brought out of retirement and expected to perform again, as if it was only yesterday?
Despite their reservations, our friends at SW Motech and Heidenau spring to the rescue. Many thanks to Jurgen, Andreas, Richard and Thomas for servicing the bikes and fitting new tyres.
And for transporting the bikes to the SW Motech facility in Czech to avoid crossing the Alps in freezing conditions.
It would appear the stars have aligned as we have never had it this easy…
But we still need to curry favour with I&J.
A small tribute to them for taking us this far