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kktos 12-11-2008 03:23 AM

Morocco 2008: a F800GS test ride
 
Here is a long overdue RR.
Winter is the perfect time to write RR as you spend less time riding ;)
Special note for GadgetBoy: thread title ;)

This little trip to Morocco was our 3rd attempt to discover the country.
This time, the vtrom rider changed it for a brand new F800GS.
So it was a test ride for him.
Anton (Africa Twin) and I (1200GS) rode our bikes already here.
I'm gathering and uploading the pictures so right now, just a teaser:

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG4878.jpg
Anton was a virgin on sand so he wanted to try it a little in Erfoud. His first attempt was not the success he thought he would be :rofl

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG4852.jpg
Christian, playing with the little one, descending the Col de Belcacem.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG4905.jpg
The stupid 1200GS rider thought he cold pass throught the herbs.... and he got stuck.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG4931.jpg
Christian playing in the Sand.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG4859.jpg
Jorguen's gang, a nice chaps we encountered at the bottom of Col de Belkacem.

Story will follow.

Note for Aurel: you can skip this RR. we did the same trip with Anton we did with you. And more, you wont see a lot of orange bikes here. sorry about that.... but it may be different for the next trip ;)

Note for the Mad German: that's what you missed !

/thierry

GB 12-11-2008 03:42 AM

Alors, tu sais bien qu'un voyage au Maroc c'est mon rÍve!!

Allez-y!! :thumb

Merci!

:lurk

kktos 12-11-2008 06:28 AM

so first things first, all started in March, a Saturday end of March, when Christian took his brand new 800GS.
Christian and I were officially going to Morocco in May.
We went to visit Anton who was not "allowed" to come... :D
Wife, children, work... u know the deal.
But....bastards as we are, we decided to pay him a visit to play around his house and to tease him about Morocco.
he was smiling but also thinking that we make such fine bastards !
Because Anton was 40 this year... and guess what.... Morocco's trip was his birthday present.... but he didnt know it yet :wink:
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/P1050656.jpg
little test ride around Anton's house

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/P1050659.jpg
what ? a scratch already ?

kktos 12-11-2008 07:13 AM

And the day came !
Meeting point was near Narbonne, where Anton lives.
On a quite early sunday morning.
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5348.jpg
Encounter of very mature bikers :huh

after a quick ride, we were in Barcelona harbour
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5349.jpg

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/P1050997.jpg
"you see, we are on the bigger boat".. ah boys....

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5352.jpg
Happy birthday, man !

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/P1060002.jpg
"One day, I'll have my own boat"..... and he has one now !

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/P1060005.jpg
What to do on a boat ?.... there's nothing to do.....

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/P1060004.jpg
except sleeping for the oldest

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5354.jpg
yes, sleeping and ...

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5355.jpg
..eating of course.... last pork till we're back.

manfromthestix 12-11-2008 07:26 AM

Nice report! I'm surprised they let you through the security checkpoints with that nasty pig-sticker knife/corkscrew! :huh The Somali pirates hi-jacked an oil tanker with less-wicked weaponry!

I love my 1150GS but the F800GS appeals greatly for it's lighter weight and thus better agility for dirt and off-road applications.

Doug

kktos 12-11-2008 09:13 AM

we quickly got out of the boat and ride to Fez.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5357.jpg
Mandatory pause for tea

the next day we had to cross the Atlas mountain towards Missour.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5358.jpg
the little beast

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5360.jpg
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5361.jpg
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5362.jpg
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5363.jpg
some twistie roads in the almighty Atlas.

kktos 12-11-2008 09:17 AM

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG4808.jpg
getting cold around here....

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG4814.jpg
doh... the old buddy seems sick....
1st sign of tourista already !!

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG4823.jpg
let's ride, baby !

kktos 12-11-2008 09:20 AM

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5364.jpg
Missour ! And guess why Anton seems so happy ?

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG4825.jpg
Fooooood ! and meat, good one !

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG4826.jpg
and the mandatory coke to avoid troubles :D

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5365.jpg
the beasts, resting.

coz tomorrow, we'll do some "trek", "pistes", off road.
Quite easy. only technical part is le Col de Belkacem.

GB 12-11-2008 09:50 AM

So.. how did you get the birthday boy to go with you?? :scratch

:lurk :lurk

Duscherck 12-11-2008 12:45 PM

So beautiful trip! :thumb

kimangao 12-11-2008 01:13 PM

Yo mate, finally your RR bout missing each other :D

Keep it coming!

Dirk

kktos 12-12-2008 12:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gadget Boy
So.. how did you get the birthday boy to go with you??

The trip was his birthday present.
Meaning that his wife "allowed" him to go and also pay for the trip.
Of course, we knew it all along so we kept teasing him about our trip :D
yeah, I know, sheer evil.

kktos 12-12-2008 12:59 AM

As we arrived quite early in Missour, we decided to take a little ride to find the beginning of the "piste".
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5367.jpg
found something ?

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5368.jpg
cool, it's the "piste"

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5372.jpg
Guess who's taking the shot ? :D the boy was in love :huh

kktos 12-12-2008 01:04 AM

Next morning, we took our way to Boudnib going east of Gourrama and crossing the Col de Belkacem. South of Rekkam region (plateau).
Kind of stoney :D
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5378.jpg
Am I alone or what ?
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5379.jpg
Ah. one of the multiple forks there is on this "piste". Last year, with Aurel instead of Anton, we took many times the wrong way.
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...8/CIMG5380.jpg
Now, I know the way, guys !

lefteris 12-12-2008 01:09 AM

at last...
 
I 'm so jealous! Keep it coming!

Lefteris


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