The Donkey gets his shots
“I feel like a pin cushion”
6-8-09 ~ flights
and bike transport
We now have our flights booked to
Cape town, which although it was no real work on our behalf, feels like a milestone
Bike transport—after calling almost
every freight company in Australia, we got onto Platinum
International, who can handle bike freight for
the entire trip (including return from Russia!), and matched the best rates we were offered
Originally Air freight was looking
like being the go, but the Dangerous Goods surcharge has hiked the price dramatically, so we’re now
leaning towards sea freight instead, and sending the bikes a little earlier than needed to make sure they
arrive before we do.
The great thing about dealing with
Platinum is that they will have the bikes transported to their local warehouse ready for pickup, so we
just get a lift there, unpack and rideaway... Hopefully!
Flights, bike transport, shots,
riding gear, bike spares and modification parts are all now finalised.
The Mule has his surgery next week
for Carpel tunnel, nervous Mule.
10-8-09 ~ KTM 950
SE — Motard Conversion
Both front and rear Marchesini wheels have now been temporarily fitted to bike 38 (the
This has lowered the bike
dramatically and it looks really tough! The single front disc is fine for road riding with the
standard wheels, but it will be interesting to see how the aftermarket wave design holds up with really
sticky rubber on the racetrack.
15-8-09 ~ carpal
The Mules surgery went really well, and after just a few days he has movement back into his
hands. Relieved Mule! Yet to be seen whether the surgery has had the desired effect, but in another
couple of weeks will be back on the bike to see how it all goes. Hopefully all the pins and needles
and numbness in his hands will be a thing of the past! To see a video of endoscopic carpal tunnel
release surgery have a look here
(not for the squeamish).
20-8-09 ~ bike
The Scorpio bike alarms just
arrived. These are a pretty sophisticated bit of gear, with a small transmitter to alert you to the
bike being tampered with at a range of up to 800m away! Pic of the transmitter is in the
gallery. Quadrupeds are concerned about getting the bikes stolen for obvious reasons, so this will
be some peace of mind at least.
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