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Check up when its Ramadan and avoid this time!!

No eating or drinking anything in a public place during daylight hours and definatly no booze.
 

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Should have given us a shout - I'm not that far from March.

Shame my bike's out of KTM Assist cover now as it might have been useful over there. I've had a tip about alternative cover from the Spanish company Repsol than covers all countries bordering the Med. though.
Europ-Assist cover the KTM warranty.
When I spoke to them I did ask about end of warranty, they said, no problem phone and we'll give you a price.
http://www.europ-assistance.co.uk/

Western Sahara is part of Morocco and should also be covered.


I'm interested in a September trip.
Is your avatar "Bubbles" from "Trailer Park Boys"??

 

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Hi Wolf,

I am a Morocco virgin, and going in Oct '10, taking my 640 Adv.
Due to my inexperience have signed up with Wildcat Adventures, who are worldly wise in such things, see their 'site. Then after that I'll be organising my own. Currently undertaking a local course in off road riding, coal bings can frigtening things !!

Regards

Mike
 

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I would be interested in this trip if the dates were good (April preferred). How many weeks would it be for?

As you probably know, there are lots of trip reports on the Adv site, as well as on YouTube. This site has a good report from a rider local to me.
 

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Just seen this - as per DG, I would like Mrs Jones to come along (although how her Speed Triple would fair off-road may be interesting!)

May cook a tagine or spiced lamb wraps just to get her used to the idea;)
 

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I would be interested in this trip if the dates were good (April preferred). How many weeks would it be for?
More than two would be tricky for me and, I suspect, others. I don't get all that generous a holiday allowance, although I can buy some extra.
 

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Time to start hoarding annual leave days Gordon ;)
 

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Old medinas, villages, gorges and ravines, sand dunes, hammams or spa baths to you and I mate

(and theres a particularly good hammam at a little village called 'Moulay Yacoub' North-West of Fez, tiny village clinging to a hillside with an ancient steam bath in the village. Various accomodation but you have to park your bikes at the top above the village and travel down to your hotel by donkey. Good stop off point for your first night if you get an early crossing like you said Gordo)

Marrakesh is good for a souk (market) but a little commercialised. Try a traditional one where they are slaughtering goats and animals down dark alley's Rissani or Merzouga are ok for the real souks (I thought I'd sold me fooking son to an old guy on a trip a couple of years ago)

Depends what your going for Gaz, plenty of off-roading and tracks but do a couple and youve done em all. Get below the High Atlas range and theres lots of very flat plains



Like this one with rocks and sand and dust and its brown with bits of tarmac.

Up in the mountains



its er... rocks and dust and er.. brown with bits of tarmac

Like I say it depends on what your there for mate. For me it's the culture, people, food and life but for other its the off-road pistes and challenges of not running out of petrol or water before they get to the next habited place.

There are green bits....



Sandy bits.....




Posh hotels....

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Not so posh...



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All depends what you want DG.

Im off in March again for 3 weeks but going down into Western Sahara and possibly Mauritania where i'm sure its....... brown with lots of rocks and dust and sandy with bits of tarmac.
 

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Bad times was the last time I went with my son who was testing out his culineray skills with the aid of a local guy and poisoning himself. ha ha.. shouldnt laugh really.

Oh and running out of petrol in the middle of no-where (brown, rocky dusty place). Found some guys with camels though and yes you've got it they had an old rusty can of petrol with them. A little bit of trading with some asparin and a few Dirham's later and I was back on my way to later strip the carb to get the sh*te out of one of the jets.

Oh and deciding to cross the Riff mountains one time and being forcabley stopped by locals to buy some local produce to smoke which I dont need to explain, Saw a gap, gassed it and didn't stop for 100 miles. Freaked me out a bit as I was on my own. But since then I've done GCSE French and it's a lot easier being able to understand things. its a bit easier than "bon jor avay voo oon bed for the night"

Oh and.....

No seriously mate there are no bad points unless you break down but that could happen in Hawes on a Sunday ride out and if youve got the mechanical skills of the rest of the forum with you, youve cracked it.

P.s. I can tell you how to start a 990 with a flat battery if you like without bump starting or jumper leads. ;-)
 

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Guys

Sorry for letting this hang, I was away with work and I was cut off from't t'internet!!!


I was hoping to take some time for the trip, if you only take two weeks you'll lose two days on the boat, two in Spain and another getting into Morocco on the border, assuming you get straight back into Spain afterwards that's still 9 of your 14 days gone already and it seems like a lot of traveling to rush round the place when you eventually get there...

For the folks interested in bringing their significant others either on the back or on their own bikes, I hadn't planned it as a road trip, the idea would be to do as little road miles as possible, sand/mountains/rivers etc etc - See the third video in the linked thread back in the OP for the type of terrain that's in my head, you'd need a lunacy level close to that of Nick Sanders if you want to take a speed triple there:eek::D

Urgh, anyway, I'm shattered, I need some food then I'll have a trawl through everyone's replies and see if we can make a plan:cool:
 

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thanks righanger. Staying in a hotel tonight, so that makes a change from the pron. I can give my hand held pogo stick a rest for a night.
 

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First post updated, a couple if things...

Seems most people are interested in a loose plan rather than a structured tour - my ideal trip would be similar to farmboy's adventure up through the mountains, something to push myself a bit and actually have a bit of an adventure instead of a normal road biased biking trip - not sure how others feel about this, especially with folks who want to bring pillions etc - I'd hate to say "yeah everybody show up" only to find some people were expecting roads and got mule tracks or vice-versa depending on what we end up doing

Other thing I've not mentioned yet is numbers, we've got eight interesteds now - that's quite a few bikes to get from place to place and find accommodation for riders etc etc - Not sure how other people feel about riding in big groups, I was kind of thinking between five and ten riders otherwise the logistics get a bit complicated!!
 

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My choice would be going for an adventure (with a loose plan, but flexible enough to change it as we went on) with an off-road bias. I would be looking at doing 3 week minimum and hopefully can take off 4. This is dependant on my work situation.
 

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I was hoping to take some time for the trip, if you only take two weeks you'll lose two days on the boat, two in Spain and another getting into Morocco on the border, assuming you get straight back into Spain afterwards that's still 9 of your 14 days gone already and it seems like a lot of traveling to rush round the place when you eventually get there...
The Brittany Ferries boat to Santander from Plymouth is 20 hours (24 from Portsmouth), so that's two days saved - it's also cheaper than the Bilbao boat.

I can possibly stretch the two weeks (might need to) but holiday isn't in abundant supply :frown:
 
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