“A complete life changer”
Lyndon Poskitt used to be your typical privateer Dakar entrant. He started riding when he was 10 years old and had competed in 7 different types of motorcycle competition before falling in love with rally back in 2012. Once he'd been bitten by the bug this former aircraft engineer didn't take long to build up to the Dakar, entering the race the very next year with his dad as his mechanic. He finished 46th overall and even managed a top 10 stage position. In the admittedly slightly eccentric world of motorcycle racers, so far so normal. Except that after his first Dakar Lyndon's thirst for adventure was far from satisfied. If anything is was stronger than ever and the Brit promptly went home, sold all of his possessions, converted an old 690 rally machine into an adventure bike and set off around the world on his Races to Places mission. He's raced at least one major rally on all non-polar continents of the world since 2012 and so far on his trip around the world he's raced in 5 major international rallies on 4 different continents, all except one of them on the very same, converted KTM 690 Factory Rally machine!
“It is amazing how much you can raise just by selling all the junk you've amassed over the years. The only things I couldn't bring myself to part with were the KTM 450 on which I finished the Dakar in 2013, a 950 KTM Adventurer that I've done about 160,000 kilometres on and of course the 690 which I've used on Races to Places. So far that particular bike has raced the Dakar Rally and since covered over 150,000 kilometres and 45 different countries, including the races. My original idea was to rebuild my old Dakar 2013 bike and use it for the race but my internet activity over recent years has drawn a bit of attention to what I've been up to and attracted an opportunity that allowed me to acquire a new 2017 KTM 450 RR. I've only ridden it 200 kilometres so far but it is a fabulous machine. I'm obviously entering the Malle Moto (unassisted) category. I know it won't be easy but having a new bike should mean slightly less maintenance each night.”