We said farewell to the Super Ténére, now Darren's current vehicle of choice for travelling is his beloved KTM 640 enduro (pictured above during the Morocco '11 trip).
But this is not going to be the trustee steed we shall travel with together next year (2013) He shall part with it at some point before the end of 2012 as we will need a bike more suitable to travelling two-up with luggage.
< Yes, our next expedition will be on two wheels, not four.
After - actually, probably during - our first bike trip I became hooked and Darren has rediscovered a passion for biking that never really left him, it was just laying dormant for a few years >
As for this year (2012), Darren will be taking the KTM on a few solo trips.
Currently we have a Disco Td5 which has faithfully served us well during much off-roading. It truly has boldly gone where no vehicle has been before!
After The Beast came a Land Rover Defender 110
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Introducing... 'The Beast' aka The Camel
R172 CDU - One of only two Workshop Support Vehicles built for the Camel Trophy Event 1998, Tierra del Fuego, Chile / Argentina, South America
Vehicle: Land Rover Defender 110 Hardtop
Engine: 300 Tdi
Below are a few photos of R172 CDU taken during the1998 event. We are hoping we don't have to recover the vehicle from a similar position ourselves!
OK, for you obsessive types here is some more info on the vehicle, starting with the 'extras' on board:
Internal & external roll-cage, electric winch, full under-body protection, snorkel, roof lamps, roof-tent, Webasto pre-heater, power invertor, air compressor, roof rack & ladder, removable tow hitch / recovery point, side roller-shutter (this provides easy access to recovery equipment), the rear of the vehicle has been customised by Darren fitting boxes and cupboards for secure storage of camping and recovery equipment.
Below is a picture of the vehicle as it is now, taken on the roof-tent's first outing in the Peak District, summer 2006.