First, I went back jungle riding in Malaysia, then went back to Austin for moto gp and handbuild show, and return to London for the Bike Shed. I also bought new bike, sold a few. An exiting last few months......
So let's begin. I went back to Malaysia for some more jungle riding. I really enjoyed it last time but had left with a sour taste in my mouth. I had gone with an enduro expert who had done Romaniacs and I had some serious issue with my fitness and riding ability. Since then I had gotten into physical shape and had spend more time on the off road saddle. So, I really wanted test myself under those new condition and with a more favorable trails selection to my riding skills.
This time I rented a Husky 250 brand new, while my guide was on crf 450
The scenery was simply breath taking. And after, approx. 1,5 hrs of riding, a deserved break in one of the beautiful jungle waterfall
As soon as I hit the ground in Houston, I made my way to Austin for the moto GP. Was planning on riding my chopper there, but weather condition called for rain, and I wasn't going to ride 4 hours one way without fenders after 21 hours flights. Took the car instead but still got a warm welcome when I arrived. Nice to be back in North America....
And after the last qualifier and despite some serious jetlag issues, I headed downtown Austin to the Handbuilt show. The Handbuilt is becoming a serious industry now. It has gotten so big that there is a 15usd cover charge to get in and they had to move to a larger venue.
But I have to say, this year was the best of the last 3 years and the new venue is fantastic. Here are some of my favorites pics.
Well, now that I was back in Houston, I used my spare time to ride and to build. I did few trip around the Houston area with the good old 300 EXC and the TY 250 to improve my trials skill and build up on Malaysia.
I also took a few ride with my chopper, mostly to Galveston but on my last trip I ended up breaking starter. I tried endlessly to kick start it but luckily some state trooper had a rope and pull me so I could started on 2nd gear. I am gonna have to fix it while am away.
Then spent some time in the garage to work on the Triumph. I just wanted to do a quick mock up to see how the final project might look like.
It looks pretty good to my eyes, although I am gonna have to work on front fender, and possibly on the side plate. But overall I am pretty satisfied.
A KTM 250 XC-W.
Within less than 12 hours, I was on my way to CTOR (Central Texas Off Road) park, with Gareth to try it out on the trails.
But before I realize it, it was time to go back to Europe with 2 objectives : go to the Bike Shed in London, and fly to France to get my 2 bikes road ready after 4 years in storage, so I can ride them around Corsica this summer.
1st mission accomplished for my first "Bike Shed" I can see a lot of people having a blast here. The venue is beautiful, bit out of center of London but not far away fm Tower Bridge on the famous Tobacco Dock.