Here's a flashback not so far back to 2014. Nothin quite makes you respect the red desert earth of the Australian Northern Territory as much as rolling in it at high speed whilst trying to overtake a roadtrain on a highway with no speed limit, hitching 4.5 hours to get to the finish line of the event you were participating in, then hiking the 11km around the base of Uluru in bike gear.. Regardless of a pretty average crash, that was #afuckingreatday . And it damn sure makes for a better story than "I left and a while later I got there".
Confirmed and locked in. Heading to South America in April-May next year to fuck shit up! It'll be @big.red.al's first time out of the country, so we're gonna do this right. The weeks of trekin, motorcyclin, climbin, kayakin, mountain bikin, white-water raftin, campin, sailin, and llama obsessin kinda right. Fuck. Yeah. #Peru
While in Perth I managed to get ahold of one of the last Victory Octanes. Though essentially a slightly bigger and better (and cheaper) version of the Indian Scout, at just under 1200cc it is the smallest bike in the current Victory range and I was curious as to how it would compare to its much bigger brothers. Though the displacement is about 550cc less than I am usually used to, it is also about 50kg lighter and you can really tell. I quickly discovered how responsive the bike was and, I'm not gonna lie, went a little off-centre from being responsible. It performs. Powerslides are effortless and on account of it feeling so light, I may or may not of been fighting the urge to jump the curb at every opportunity.. ABS kinda started annoying me a bit, but let's not get into why. Mostly cos I was being a bit of a dickhead. Bloody hell this bike is fun. It might be a little weird, but my biggest thought is that I would really love to take this bike to dirt. I guess, if you like, it would also suit regular riding and NOT being a dickhead.
Other things I can say about it... It seems to sit a lot lower and much more comfortable than the Scout. With pegs sitting a little higher as well, though still easy to throw up a spark if that's what you're into. Strangely, a first for me is that I would like the pegs further back. Mostly for the ability to be more of a menace though. The big problem with the Scout is that it definitely feels too small for a taller guy. At 6' 3" I feel like I'm at the absolute max for the Octane.
If anything is an indication of what I thought, it's that when we returned the bike I parked it 3 times. Each time taking off to do more laps of the carpark. Fuck yeah.
Side note: The other bike is @3fts_a_yard's new #victoryvegas . Also a bit o' fuck yeah.
So I lied..
I said I'd next catch up with the @himalayan_heroes in Mongolia. That is still definitely happening, but in the meantime, I've been humming and harring about joining them for next year's DGR (mostly on account of having to magically pull funds from my anus). Suddenly, @scoot_er175 decided it'll be part of his 50th. So here I am, booking confirmed.
And will there be other big adventures before even that? Most definitely, so watch this space. ...anyone need any odd jobs done for cash?
So fucking stoked for this show. I'll be flying back to Sydney midway through a ride especially for it.. For over two decades my life has basically been playing this album on repeat.
Also... the Bronx? What a fucking bonus!