Alastair takes time out to relax and rehydrate on his Ducati Multistrada 1000DS
Alastair takes time out to relax and rehydrate on his Ducati Multistrada 1000DS.

My unsuitable bike did a great job, never missed a beat, and had no problems at all despite rough roads and searing heat in Africa’s deserts and jungle. There is no prize for getting anywhere first but the Ducati finished every day ahead of big BMW touring bikes.

2008 North & West Africa

Alastair led the pack on his unsuitable Ducati Multistrada in the GlobeBusters North & West Africa expedition.

I travelled with the Globebusters expedition across Morocco and down the West coast of Africa, but sadly did not get to Guinea Bissau as there were reports of terrorist attacks on tourists in Senegal that we needed to travel through to get there. Instead the group saw more of The Gambia: we passed through Georgetown, the old British Colonial slave port set on an Island in the Gambia river, before looping back into Senegal to visit St Louis.

The trip was a great success with only some minor problems, although I did manage to fall off my bike in a minefield!  The ‘exciting’ mishap happened on the border between Morocco and Mauritania but happily the only long term damage was his ego.

There were some tricky border crossing but overall the Africans were most welcoming and loved seeing the group and their bikes.

The five week expedition, which started with a flight from Malaga before riding across Morocco, involved a group of 12 bikers. Alastair stood out from the popular BMW GS, endurance bikes and trials bikes and managed to finish near the front of the group on most days.

A great account of the trip can be found here:

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