At last, it was time to take the new Piggy out for her first Rift Valley braaaap. I’d been commuting on her for a couple of weeks, roaring around Nairobi and up to Tigoni to see how the motor runs, play with the jetting, keeping an eye on oil consumption etc. Verdict: she’s in great shape and goes like the clappers. When Panic and I finally got a mutually free morning, we decided to take her out and see how she handles the Rift Valley. Still with the laughably small OEM tank (I think it holds 7L or something… giving me just over 120km range), we picked the usual route to Ewaso for chai and mandazi and back along the SGR line. Above: My new-to-me 2003 XRR. I’ve been calling her “Nimble Pig” since she’s cruising around with that tiny tank on, but it is clear I’ll have to get Panic to do the valves and change the shims on the forks at least, and probably the shock too. Clicking the clickers, I got to a very happy place on quick, moderately rough terrain but as soon as we hit the lava flows, which is like riding over a series of curbs for several kilometers, the Nimble Pig was battering me silly. Panic was up my tailpipe which is not where I like Panic to be. Still, because she’s an XRR and not a KTM, she never once deflected, never bucked, never misbehaved. Love it. Above: Panic probably laughing at me for shaking out my hands after a particularly brutal section. His Piggy and my Desert Pig are so dialled in we hardly feel stones any more. Nimble Piggy has a ways to go before she’s a Magic Carpet, but in the meantime she gives me a good workout! Coming up the SGR line, Panic overtook me as I negotiated my way through a cattle traffic jam (one of a dozen today… must have been Take you Cattle on a Walk Day or something) and I had to hang on for dear life to keep up, gorilla gripping the bars far more than I ordinarily need to. Rough, but it was a blast. Above: Nothing better than riding the BRP in Kenya! It’s been sparse riding this year, so even this half day rip was desperately needed and greatly appreciated. Fortunately, there’s a 5-day ride in the works for early August which will surely merit it’s own RR (at the moment, we’ve got 4-6 XRR riders in various states of commitment), and I hope to squeeze in a few more short outings before that as well. In the meantime. Oink. By the way to answer @cedric the bikes either come from the US or South Africa. Nimble Pig is from South Africa, and the Desert Pig is from the US.