Not a sound I'd ever thought I'd hear in the Sahara: the wail of Swiss Tony's 50-horse, 110-kilo Tee Hee Hee 300 shredding another monster dune. Swiss T - a desert vet - was no bloater either, and a bit on an enduro ace. He didn't let a passing dune go unscarred on our two-week tour in SE Algeria. It was some 5000 desert clicks in, with as much left in it before a top-end rebuild, he reckoned. Me, I was pleased to survive on my XR400 (also smoking by the end, but not in a good way). Not everyone did, but sadly that's par for the course out there. XR4 was the best thing I've ever ridden in the Sahara, but that's not saying much. I had a quick spin on the TE one afternoon while we waited for 'Mutti', the support truck to catch up. Mental - obviously, but a lot torquier than you'd expect (it's a carb model). Gassing it momentarily, then ring-ding-dinging on the overun, I probably never reached the powerband, but darting about like a frenzied fish was enough to get lost. Looping back, it was the same low rocky hills and trackless slabs all around. Panic rises, I blunder around until I calm down and notice there's a Garmin tracklogging quietly on the bars. Well TFFT! We were warned the first night: don't ride off alone... Above: Tony near Tazat mountain. He used the mirror to check his premix cloud was a nice, healthy shade of gnat-choking blue. Also know as Two-Stroke Tone, our man comes in to land after crossing a spur of the Erg Admer sand sea west of Djanet. Behind him Seb on his Husaberg 400 sloper - also unsafe near dunes - and Josch on his XCh and winner of the Colourful Outfit Award. The photogenic cirque of Moul n-Aga near the Libyan border, as featured on the 1000-dinar bank note. Tony and Seb set out to rearrange some grains. Josch was by now on crutches. Small sand avalanches tremble and slide as the cirque reverberates to the sound of T-ST hauling down a dune like a stunned marlin. Meanwhile, One Million Years BP (before premix) Raquel Welch's boyfriend, Ug, tries to tame a wild giraffe so he can take her out to the drive-in.