'83 DAVE TAKES THE LONG WAY HOME
Hi Clubby, Tania and all fellow Tragics: I arrived home in
Brisbane last Friday night at 11pm after a few days visiting friends in then coming home via Tumbarumba-Tumut-Goulburn-Sydney. What a great Tragics tour! Melbourne
First of all a big thanks to you and Tania for making it all happen. What an effort on your part. A big thanks also to Steve Smith and Big Pete for their prize giveaways at the Saturday bivouac, and Pete’s back-up with car and trailer was also re-assuring.
On a long hot afternoon between Mildura and Melbourne I road-tested Steve’s cool vest and it gets a big thumbs-up. Thanks Steve.
My ’83 XT did not miss a beat on my entire 6,000km round-trip, despite being given its head at every opportunity.
One highlight for me must surely be the arrival and associated aural sensations (read smells) of Colin from Claire when he joined us at Hawker. With sidecover rapidly melting on the exhaust, the look on Clubby’s face was priceless, but nothing that a roll of al-foil wouldn’t fix!
What a wonderful bunch of blokes, too, everyone happy to have a chat. It’s great to see different gear set-ups and there’s always something new to learn.
Having ridden and toured on the same ’83 Ténéré since 1986, it’s been a pleasure to be part of the inaugural Tragics Run to the Rocks which was a terrific and long overdue celebration of an icon. Keep spreading the Tenere love!
-- Dave Bottomley, Ténéré Tragic #8
Thanks for a great email, Dave. Rest assured there’s plenty of Ténéré love to go around and we'll keep spreading it for years to come. All four of you blokes who hit the ride aboard your original '83s have won my respect and admiration for showing the true Ténéré Tragics spirit. We just can't wait to see you blokes and your bikes again at next year's Tragics festival. And it will be interesting to see just how many more '83s we flush out of the woodwork ... bring it on!
-- Clubby, Ténéré Tragic #1