So after riding over 500km through the deserts of Baluchistan under the crazy sun, trying to keep up with the GS1200 and stopping every 20km or so to change the police escort and write our passport details down in the log book, it all became too much for the mighty CRF and she broke down....
We’d been riding since 4am and the bike had survived over 14 hours of intense riding that day up until this point and I was very proud of JJ for making it this far!
But sadly she eventually died...
We couldn’t figure out what was wrong with the bike; the problem first occurred 250km in to the ride that day, and it seemed as if the engine would just completely cut out for a few seconds and then jump back into life.
But after leaving the bike to rest for 10 minutes in the shade by one of the checkpoints the bike seemed okay again.
But sadly not for long; as half an hour later the problem reappeared, and slowly got worse and worse, up to the point where the bike would cut out and then start up again every 4 seconds!!!!!
But I stupidly kept on riding for another few hundred kilometres (despite the fact that every time the bike cut out it would lurch me forward every four seconds, which wasn’t the most fun...haha)!
And the bike also started to slowly lose power as well, and the final straw for the police escort was when the bike couldn’t go above 8km/hour....(which is crazy slow), and the police needed us to reach Quetta before nightfall as they said it wasn’t safe to ride through Baluchistan at night.
So the only option was to put my bike in the back of the escort truck for the final stretch into Quetta.
So we finally got the bike loaded onto the truck and set off, but 2 minutes later we pulled over at another police checkpoint and they said we had to change escorts again...?!!
So we had to unload the bike from one Hilux truck and lift it onto another police pickup truck...
Little did we know we’d have to change escorts and move the bike from truck to truck another 15 more times before reaching Quetta...this was only the beginning!
What an adventure! Haha
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