A break from regular programming, using a question from @Endurofreak as a springboard to do a little retrospective on the bike, its preparation and performance on the trip. This won't be of interest to everyone, so I'm going to post it as a follow-up on my preparation thread rather than in the ride report itself. In the next post I'll return to the travel story as I head for Dakar via Lac Rose, the traditional finish line of the original Paris-Dakar Rally. In my self-assessment, I'll be covering: Bike choice, including personal factors, pros and cons. Preparation recap. Major issues and annoyances. General learnings on what worked and what didn't. What I'd have done differently. The post can be viewed here on my pre-trip preparation thread.