The 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650 of # 9 suffered a chain loss at 65 mph on pavement, eight miles from Anamosa, Iowa. An Indian Motorcycle owner came to the rescue and with the help of J & P Cycles, the KLR was back on the road a day later. In Wyoming, off-pavement, the heavily loaded KLR 650 proved its true dual-sport nature, navigating some serious gravel and dirt sections.
Earlier DNFer Richard Livermore (# 7, aka Dick C. Nevermore) had a similar “bike fall down” in Chile in January, 2016 when he lost control of his parked Honda GL 650 in front of his motel room and broke his windscreen and a front turn signal. He was able to repair the windscreen damage with cable ties and the turn signal with duck tape and a spare turn signal he carried.
One entrant in late September, 2022 opined, “Maybe Livermore’s crashing in North America once and South America twice, his motel bike fall down, and then self-DNFing himself in Africa, put the jinks or bad mojo on our 2022 adventures?”
In the spirit and style of Livermore’s Indiana-farm-boy-English, and after researching the mystical world of Toto's Kansas and the etymology of certain phrases and words Livermore often used, # 9, ever the existential motorcyclist, looked skyward for a circling Edgar Allen Poe described raven for some seconds, and then said, “Okey dokey, you betcha, and the crashing and DNFs this year will be cosmically blamed on the psychologically dark world of nevermore.”
[Saul Bishop posted November, 2022]