This was a weird one and yes, it is about rig envy and asses.
It all starts on a small farm in Capel, in the south-west of Western Australia. This is the Ironstone Capel 200 and it is another one of W.A.'s non-competitive enduro rides. Apparently it is not a race, though the organisers did forget to mention this during the rider's brief. I think it is sponsored by Yamaha.
So, what is Rig Envy. It is like boat envy which is a lot like penis envy. It is that feeling that you get when you put your heart and soul and all your creative talent into designing your toy hauler / camper trailer and then someone turns up with one that is somewhat better. Unlike boat envy and penis envy, another man's rig (or womanâ€™s but that just feels awkward and wrong) does not have to be bigger to be better. It just must be built better; finished better and have more practical applications. More 'wow I want one like that'.
Here is mine. Now in my defence I am time poor and cannot weld to save myself. So, my rig comprises an assimilation of ad hoc decisions made on the fly and usually communicated to someone that can weld, over the phone, in between corporate conference calls made on the road, usually on my way to another remote biological survey. As such, it looks a little......well, less polished than most. But my rig has been to the ends of the earth and back so, even if it was pretty there is no hope it will stay pretty. It does the job, right down to the ikea kitchen sink (yes, I am not being facetious: it is an ikea sink).