The Bike

As soon as I started thinking about this trip I quickly got carried away with choosing just the perfect bike and (oh lord…) the “perfect” gear to wear. Although I tried really hard not to let it, these thoughts quickly took up way too much time and effort. Of course, the actual answer is – any bike, any gear – plenty of people have followed that philosophy and had an amazing adventure. I guess I’ve become sucked in by my monthly dose of bike porn and the lie that minor differences in this tyre or that tyre, this helmet or that, will make all the difference. Of course they won’t. Not when I’m freezing my balls off at 4000 metres on a dirt road in the rain…

Anyway, I settled on a 2008 BMW F800GS. It’s in pretty good nick and has 30,000 on the clock which is about right for the year. I’m hoping to add about 10,000+ to that, so it will be interesting to see how Bumble bears up. There are a few BMW dealers on the route so hopefully I can limp to one when things do go pop.

As for transport, I’ve banked everything on the good people from Moto Birds who are filling an important gap in the market offering women only adventure bike tours. They also arrange bike shipping and have been as good as gold so far. It was a big moment when the nice man from Poland loaded up Bumble into his white van and drove back to Poland to ship the bike.

Whether or not I come home with Bumble depends on lots of things, the cost of shipping her home may be more than what she’s worth if I do manage to put 10,000+ hard miles on her, but we’ll see…