In the U.S. for a few days for a conference and the internet is fast. Time to share with you guys a ride report of the most amazing motorcycle trip I have ever been a part of. Arusha, Tanzania, to Maun, Botswana, and back through: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and Zambia. 4.5 weeks, just under 9,000 kilometers - two up. My 2004 950 Adventure S was purchased on this website from a fellow inmate - DakarBlues. It is the most amazing motorcycle I have ever owned. Its reliability, toughness, and performance are second to none and I credit DakarBlues with taking meticulous care of it before selling it to me - this one is for you, my friend. For those of you that recall the post, I am the guy who warned our French brothers that are traveling around the world not to enter Tanzania from Rwanda via Rusumo over the summer. I live in Arusha, Tanzania, and was knocked off of my motorcycle by bandits, along with my brother Daniel, as we were traveling, two-up, at 83 miles an hour. Miraculously, we lived and our injuries were relatively light. (Will be posting a thread on this as well). I built myself and the 950 back up again and 3.5 months later, this dream trip became a reality. I kitted my bike with many parts and add-ons that I learned about via searches on this website, and all of my knowledge of this bike comes from the wisdom and dedication that comes through on this forum. I thank you all. I hope to entertain you a bit, maybe pass along some useful beta for those of you trying something similar, and to incorporate honest reviews of the parts and farkles that were abused on this epic. THE TRIP: My girlfriend and I decided to take a big, multi-week motorcycle trip in the African continent at the end of last year before she had to take a year and return to London to complete her pupillage. We both lived in Arusha, Tanzania, and worked as lawyers for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. I am still there today. We wanted to do it unsupported and plan the trip ourselves, from A to Z. We wanted to embark on something that was completely one-off for us, rather than follow a set and proven itinerary. We wanted a fair amount of dirt and remoteness, and we had a bucket list of places we really wanted to see, which would serve as the skeleton for our itinerary: Ruaha National Park (Tanzania), Lake Malawi, Okavango Delta, and the Kalahari Desert. It was exhilarating to plan this while staring at my mildewy Target map of the world shower curtain (we later bought maps..haha), and terrifying when we were sporadically reminded of how much experience we had with trips like this - ZERO. We oscillated between euphoric anticipation and "Holy SHI% we are totally going to die". We settled on the following rough itinerary: Arusha to Iringa via Dodoma (1,000 kms of desolate dirt - great way to start, right?) Iringa to Cape McLear along Lake Malawi Cape McLear through the Tete province of Mozambique Bisect Zimbabwe diagonally from northwest to southeast Bulawayo to Maun (Botswana) Maun to Livingstone (Zambia) through the Caprivi Strip (Namibia) Livingstone to Iringa (back in Tanzania) Iringa to Pangani, then Pangani back to Arusha THE RIDER: Me - Venezuelan and American, just under three years of riding experience, longest trip had been four days solo on an XR600. THE PASSENGER: My kickass girlfriend, English, had been on a motorcycle only a few times in her life. THE BIKE: 2004 KTM 950 Adventure S, imported to Tanzania from St. Louis, Missouri. 30,000 miles (two significant accidents by that point) canisterectomy, Akras, high flow washable air filter, pre-filter, Facet fuel pump, Euro headlight conversion, BDCW extra large rear rack, Jesse luggage system with XplorerMoto removable bags, Wolfman Expedition Lite tank bag and extra large Expedition Dry Duffel, Slavens Racing crash bar bags, Scotts steering damper and clamp, TrailTricks 60 kg. fork springs, stock wheelset with D909 front and rear tires and UHD tubes, front fender conversion, and custom suede/vinyl Renazco seat for two people. Will be updating and adding pics and stuff over the next few days. If anyone knows how to add more than one pic to a thread, would love to hear how!