I’ve done a couple trips in the past few years, both solo and with great friends, but cannot say that myself and the bike I was riding often made it home under our own steam. Fuel system, drive train, and electrical problems riddled my ‘trusty’ steed, an 2002 KTM 520 MXC. I bought the bike used (and abused) midway through high school and then proceeded to give it an equally hard life under my watchful eye.
I had hoped to eke out one more season from the old nag but unfortunately, it had different plans. A clutch failure followed by an idle failure followed by a kick stand failure followed by a second kick stand failure topped off with a complete failure to start prompted me to seriously question the wisdom of heading out into the wild away from the security blanket of cell reception.
So it was decided. A replacement must be acquired.