Getting the bike ready…

I spent 10 days in the tiny little Hamlet of Enumclaw with the very generous and kind family of Ben and Jen Auger, where I added the final touches to my KLR hack.  Its definitely one of weirdest looking sidecars i've ever seen - but I love her.  She's got enough room for a couple of surfboards, wetsuits and surfing paraphernalia, a rather indulgent travelling suite of photography and production equipment, big box of tools, camping equipment, gas, water, food, spare tire, and a handful of clothes.. Haven't done a lot of modifications at all (aside from the hack), just a stiffer rear spring and a power outlet for the GPS. Fully lockable and about as Mexico proof as you'll ever get a side car i'd imagine... She's pretty slow off the mark, but will get up to 65mph at reasonable rpm's if I need to, but I like going nice and slow, taking in the views with lots of stops for cups of tea.. Anyway, the guys at DMC really looked after me and allowed me to work in their shop for a while, whilst Barry even sacrificed some of his own time in making sure everything was running smooth and as ready as possible.  Jay was there the whole way from beginning to end, helping with all sorts of advice, tools, and space.  Tara's seemingly endless supply of patience at my barrage of administrative requests was another thing that made it all possible.  A big thanks to all of them and the rest of the DMC team who got me on the road. First pic is of Barry and his hound Babe - if I wasn't hauling around so much gear i'd get a babe of my own.. IMG_9057 IMG_9044 IMG_9041 IMG_9029 IMG_9005 IMG_8997 rainer  

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