A pretty tough bike!
My bike is pretty tough. So tough in fact that it survived a fall off the side of a Nepalese mountain. Seriously!
I have been riding my Santos for nearly two years through ten countries between Australia and India. Below is a quick story about something that happened in Nepal - thought you might like to hear it.
I was above the town of Phidim (on the way to Taplejung) when I decided it would be pretty impressive if I got a photo of my bike parked right on the edge of the mountain slope so that it was silhouetted against the backdrop of the beautiful valley in which Phidim sits. You can guess what happened next. I was backing away from the bike and raising my camera to my face when I heard my bike stand creak. The bike toppled over and disappeared. I ran to the edge and watched in horror as my beloved steed tumbled head over heels down the near vertical slope. It fell for twenty metres before disappearing into thick vegetation, through which it continued to crash loudly. I think I must have stood there for a full minute before it really registered that yes, my loaded bike had just fallen off a mountain and I might never get it back.
I looked around in search of some kind of help, but quickly realised I was on my own. I sighed deeply, then started scrambling down the mountain side. Finding the bike was easy, as I just needed to follow the trail of gear that had been flung off. Miraculously, the bike had come to a rest against a tree just a few metres from edge of a very vertical cliff. Should the tree have not been there, the bike would have dropped through the air for about 30m before hitting an unforgiving rocky ground. I let relief wash over me for moment, then spent the next hour hauling everything back up to the roadside. And would you believe it? My bike was fine. Sure, the handlebars were twisted at an odd angle (easily straightened) and my stand had broken (not so easily fixed), but besides that, THE BIKE WAS FINE!!! What a beast.