This ultimate enduro in it's old form was the test of man and machine from hell, I'm not saying the new South American event is soft, but the traditional, long term African location seemed to offer up a constant cloud of near death experiences for the two wheeled competitors it was a little like a desert version of the IOM . . . . the speeds these guys were pushing were in-fucking-sane and on top of bikes loaded to the gunwhales with personal kit, tools, not to mention long range tanks heavy with guzoline and across terrain that would have you pissing blood for weeks regardless of flash kidney belts and ultra long travel suspension . . . . fuck yeah, real mens business here !!!
There is some total bullshit action in this collection of highlights that was initially shown on telly in the final, 2008 rally prior to its relocation, footage taken from 1979 to the last year in Africa, from before the days of the Tenere and Super Tenere, the Beemers, Aprilias, those dirty great Flying Wings . . . . all on the pin and headed for either Dakar or dirty, dusty disaster in attempting it, and the get offs in this piece are both epic and even comical, riders in this rally to end all rallies deserved all the kudos, credit and coin they got . . . . I mean, how much would it cost to seek the services from a specialist bronchial dust removing doctor once you've shaken your brain to jelly, got blisters the size of a blimp on your arse, hands and thighs and compressed your spine so much you finished the rally two inches shorter than when you set off . . . . all for the love of two wheels.
**** P.S - I know, I know . . . . the 'softrack' sucks balls, Enya for this, what the fuck ????