The adventure started on Friday 3rd August when I placed an order for a new Duke 690 with Alfie Cox Racing, who are based just outside Cato Ridge, between Pietermaritzburg and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Hazel (Mrs Alfie Cox) promised that the bike would be road-freighted overnight with Time Freight on Monday, from KTM in Johannesburg, and would then be ready for delivery by Wednesday.
I had planned to take some photos of its arrival on Tuesday, but when I woke up to find that it was snowing, that no longer seemed like such a good idea. Imagine my surprise and delight then when mid-morning saw the arrival of a string of e-mailed photos from Hazel.
Then the second surprise of the day – Alfie on the phone to say he was on his way with the bike.
Tomorrow, it’s off to sort out registration and licence plates and hopefully Thursday will be a good day for a first ride.