I love keeping track of certain “mile stones” in the well-travelled life of the KLR.
June 2007 – I was travelling north through the Botswana bush on a sandy track to the Zambezi, accompanied by my good friends Estelle and Jacques Roos, and surrounded by African elephants, when the KLR proudly reached its 6 000th km.
June 2010 – on a bloody hot Sunday afternoon in the Negev desert in Israel the KLR clocked its 50 000th km.
July 2010 – after nearly completing the first half of the murderous northern Kenyan stone desert between Moyale and Isiolo I passed the Marsabit crater on my right hand side. The clock read 55 500 km.
June 2011 – in the middle of a snowy white Sowa Pan (Makgadigadi Pans) and surrounded by a 360 degree panorama of a flat featureless surface the KLR reached its 77 777,7th km.
July 2012 – in a small Russian village whose name I do not know, with narrow little streets as bad as you only can imagine, surrounded by colourful wooden houses, my loyal friend of metal and oil and petrol did its 100 000th km!!
Mountains and deep water, sand and stone deserts, twice the pyramids of Giza, Africa, Europe, now Asia.
Well done buddy. You are a legend!
A big salute also to Ray and Donovan Muller of Cytech who always did a major check-up und service of the KLR before my long rides.