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Anthony’s Sinnis Apache took him to Mongolia in just over three weeks riding. He crossed desert basins, 10,000 ft mountains and ten major rivers one of which he fell into, submerging the bike and all 40 kg’s of his gear. Anthony explains “there was no other way to cross and a local insisted I could do it, so I followed him across but it lead to another river and another then he fell in and I had to shut off my throttle so I got washed away by the current and the bike disappeared under 4 ft of water. I thought it was all over but after I drained the airbox and carb she fired up once again.”

“I rode alongside camels, children on horseback, I ate goat, swam naked, got attacked, bribed and threatened… I fell off 9 times one morning in sand and even went over the handlebars; it really was the adventure of a life time.”

Asked about his best and worst moments.

The best moment was in the Altai Mountains sweeping through the beautiful scenery, scraping my engine bars on the tarmac with jade green rivers and snow topped mountains all around to the worst being stuck in a Russian city for seven hours in 37 degree heat. My exhaust manifold was glowing red hot, I was exhausted and dehydrated. I thought my engine would melt but she just kept going.

 

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Anthony’s Apache never failed him or let him down…  “It was quite incredible the abuse the bike was subjected too. I carried a spare shock mounted to the front and the front tyre touched it so much it wore through 10 layers of wrap and wore the spring down to the bare metal.  Mongolia and its corrugated tracks killed many cars and bikes on the rally yet I had zero problems or failures. I didn’t even replace a cable and the standard tyres took me 8000 miles.

I easily could have washed it and rode her home again, and all on a machine that cost less than £1800!  “I donated the bike to charity at the end and although happy I left the Apache with a heavy heart as we had been though so much together!”

“I hope that people will see that they don’t need a huge £10,000 motorcycle to go on a real adventure; I did this in record time on a 125cc and there’s no reason why others can’t do the same.

www.sinnis.co.uk

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