To round off the main part of winter, a selection of photos taken over the last few months.
Travelling on the mighty KTM isn’t much of a hardship. water, phone, GPS, heated grips, heated seats, cruise control, electronic suspension, 500km tank range, 160 horsepower, ABS, traction control and more.
Added another bike – a Royal Enfield Himalayan. It’s at the complete opposite end of the bike spectrum to the 1290, which sure makes it interesting. I’m still running it in and so far so good.
More news about (and travels with) this bike soon.
A long 650km run to Minaya in Spain today, the first stop on the way out of Spain when using the eastern route. It’s a straightforward ride other than the twenty minutes that needs to be done through Seville city, which is high transit, lane strewn and not particularly safe (and I have twenty years experience of riding in London, so for me to say that a city is unsafe takes quite a bit!).
Anyway other than that it’s a great ride. I stopped briefly a couple of times for fuel, sandwiches and water etc. But other than that just kept on riding!
Arrived mid afternoon at the AirB&B I had booked for the night in Minaya, a small town a few kms off the freeway between Seville and Valencia. Handy location and a great place to spend the night.
A ride with the bike fully loaded and serviced to the Alqueva Dam in Alentejo to check that everything with the bike and gear is ok – which as expected, it was.
Spectacular scenery and beautiful weather for it too.
The KTM packed and almost ready to wander. Just needs a bashplate adjustment and a break in the stormy weather.
A test ride on new RA4 tyres.
So, here’s where we start, with my one year old KTM 1290 SA – 1300cc and 160hp of the latest in high-tech Austrian motorcycle engineering.
These pics are from yesterday and I have put 20,000kms on it over the past year. Let’s see where it takes me from here and how many kms it eventually ends up with.