Re: Mercedes 2626 AK 6x6
In the meantime, at home, in the living-room (where else?) the Super Téneré was parked and stripped to remove all the pieces that were broken in the crash I had during the last long trip. Fortunately the front forks were untouched though many plastic parts were damaged and needed replacement. One thing was clear: the bike did not like me. Too many little problems, leaks and finally the crash. Hmm… she was trying to tell me something. Of course, the crash was my fault, by the way.
I got all the pieces I could find in the local market and ordered the pieces to be imported, and went on with the old and faithful Africa Twin for the daily commuting and also for longer trips.
One good day, Eduardo and I went to the coast on a flash trip and parked at a gas station to have some coffees on our way back home. We were talking about the idea of letting the Super Téneré go and suddenly this guy showed up on a shiny GS 1200. My brother in law was pretty enthousiast with the model, but I was not convinced at all. He went to check it out and the pilot came and asked if we liked the bike. Yes, of course, was the natural answer. Well… it is for sale, he replied. And, to make a long story short, he asked for a very, very, very attractive price and he left after exchanging business cards. Eduardo said no more words on the issue and shot me that famous glance. Dammit!
The next days I tried to do anything I could to go on with the project but my regular job consumed all my time. The pieces ordered by eBay continued to arrive from all over the world. One day the spares for the headlights arrived and I realized that even if they looked pretty good, almost original, they were not original at all and were much more fragile and a bit different so I had to do some manouvers to adapt them to the supports, which took also a lot of time and care not to brake them.
Anyway… what happened with the BMW? What do you think…
Victor brought the bike to San Felipe on his way back to the north where he lived, we made the paperwork, I took him to the bus and we remain good friends since then. The GS, full version with 12.000 km, was mine. Yes…I know…
Carmen fell in love with the bike right away, but she made me promise, again, not to get rid of the Africa Twin, ever. I agreed… naturally.
At the shop, Eduardo kept on servicing and repairing any kind of expedition vehicles drawn by his growing reputation on the many web pages the Merkabah and the workshop have appeared along the life of the project. This Dutch Defender needed a rebuild of the aft differential among a few more little things and the owners were pretty happy after the repairing.
The spares for the Super Téneré arrived and I started to rebuild her pretty carefully. I knew she was leaving, though I had more than one doubt and wanted to keep them all the four bikes. Ah… this crazy love for steel….