First “off”

The bike is not well loaded, carrying too much weight in the luggage, especially the top box. This is a matter that has generated a solid amount of domestic discussion.

Anyway I had the last word after the bike was lying on its side and I could not lift it or remove the luggage.

250 kg of oversize, overweight, top-heavy adventure bike is not the best instrument for dealing with Borneo mud. I took it through the fist bog solo, and had a genuine white knuckle experience at 3 km/h.

The next one didn’t look quite ad bad so I tackled it two-up with a bit of momentum. We actually got through it, then the Tiger went ape when we got to the tarmac on the other side. It just didn’t want to be vertical anymore.

The tyres were caked with gooey mud and once they got on the tarmac, I had a couple of violent fishtails before stepping off.

We begged the assistance of a passing family on a scooter to help us lift it. And for anybody who thinks ADV bikes are pretty good for this sort of thing, scooter riders were getting through with a bit of fishtailing two-up and three-up. They just don’t have the overwhelming disadvantage of “angular momentum” of very tall and very heavy equipment to deal with.

I can’t complain about the K60 tyres – even full knobbies would likely have become clogged in that mud.

No damage done, other then pride and further vigorous domestic discussion for 10 minutes.

My hair dryer better not be damaged...

My hair dryer better not be damaged…

This is what a K60 looks like when it is ready for skating.

This is what a K60 looks like when it is ready for skating.

Me looking pretty smug after getting through the first bog hole.

Me looking pretty smug after getting through the first bog hole.

 

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