HOW 'GOLIATH' CAME TO BE <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> The drama surrounding the creation of ‘Goliath and his chair’ has been quite distressing, annoying, frustrating and perplexing at times. Sometimes all at once! This was documented elsewhere and my rant followed the troubled path from being an ‘idea’ to being a workable concept. However, the job is now done, the build is complete, and the outfit is on the road getting the first few kilometres of many under its wheels. That is my dream. <o></o> 'Goliath with chair’ was spawned out of a desire for me to be able to carry my best mate ‘Kipper’ the Border Collie and enough gear for a week or more out in the bush. Kipper is a farm reject. He failed ‘sheep’. I scored him as a three year old working-stud sheep-dog that wouldn’t work those woolly things you turn into Sunday roasts and soft seat covers. Bye-bye country town of Grenfell, and hello city of Canberra for a total change of lifestyle. That was five years ago. He travels most places with me, and I happily admit that he is one very lucky dog! <o></o> He loved the bike so much that he accompanied me in his pillion crate for several thousands of kilometres on the back of my R1150R (un-named) and then on my R1150GSA (named ‘Goliath’ from day 1 of ownership). It just got too hard on the longer trips with lots of gear and I soon recognised that it was too risky to venture too far off the tarmac. Hence, Goliath gained a ‘chair’. The chair is on the left side of course. I live in a civilised country unlike the heathens who live in the land of milk, honey, and the rocket’s red glare and who drive on the wrong side of the road! <o></o> I have spent a little while getting to know Goliath all over again. As a GS Adventure, Goliath was a handful. As a GS Adventure with a chair attached, the handfuls are still there, but are different. Oh yes, they are very different indeed! The risk of falling over is gone, but the ease with which Goliath cornered is also gone, replaced by something that feels unnatural, awkward, difficult and ungainly. Time will heal some of the ills, and time will become my friend as we venture further and further from home. Most importantly, Kipper loves his new mode of travel and that’s something very important to me. <o></o> This then, is an introduction to Goliath resurrected. I will add posts as Goliath grows and develops. I will answer questions where I can, and let the experts chime in where I can’t. Trip reports will probably go elsewhere. Do I expect failures along the way? Absolutely. That became clear during the build. This is very much a prototype that is someone else’s creation. It was designed for me, but is not my design. The outcome of this abomination of a creation is uncertain, so it will be an interesting experience. Wish me luck and safe travels. The luck I may need. The safety? We all hope for that. <o></o> So, my good people, say hello to 'Goliath' and my faithful companion 'Kipper' the Border Collie.