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Forum: Ride reports 04-13-2015, 02:48 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Visiting 'The Mummy' The first part of the...

Visiting 'The Mummy'
The first part of the day's plan was to revisit what I now know to be the crater of a domant volcano to the west of Rissani. It was used as one of the locations in the 1999...
Forum: Ride reports 04-12-2015, 03:37 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Slavery in Morocco If you ever read Daniel...

Slavery in Morocco
If you ever read Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, you might recall the book opens with Robinson being brought into the port of Salé on Morocco's Atlantic coast as a captive of...
Forum: Ride reports 04-10-2015, 11:51 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Some good sections in there. You can ride...

Some good sections in there.

You can ride off tarmac from (near to the) Cascades Akchaour to the Azlane campsite—from N35 14.865 W5 11.810 head east to N35 16.041 W5 06.678 then south to N35...
Forum: Ride reports 04-09-2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Frog: I mainly just turned up. The exception was...

Frog: I mainly just turned up. The exception was Kanz Erremel in Merzouga and a place at Mhamid where I wanted to take advantage of the booking.com rates.

Arthurwg: There was a shootout between...
Forum: Ride reports 04-09-2015, 09:11 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Great report. Very interesting seeing the setup...

Great report. Very interesting seeing the setup of your bike. You were carrying full camping gear, whilst I had just a stove, but then I probably had a more cold/wet weather gear.

I met...
Forum: Ride reports 04-09-2015, 04:02 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Unfortunately, kids being kids they pick up on...

Unfortunately, kids being kids they pick up on what other do, so when it comes to bad behaviour I don't take prisoners. On one occasion a girl deliberately held out a branch that I hit with my...
Forum: Ride reports 04-08-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Well I try to resist the temptation to let it...

Well I try to resist the temptation to let it rip, partly in case anything happens when I'm on my own, partly because I'm nursing the bike to finish the trip, and actually because I am there mainly...
Forum: Ride reports 04-08-2015, 02:39 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,515
Posted By Tim Cullis
One of the snake charmers was bitten and died...

One of the snake charmers was bitten and died (http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2014/02/123333/a-snake-charmer-in-marrakech-dies-from-snakebite/) last year.
Forum: Ride reports 04-08-2015, 01:52 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Riding off tarmac The biggest danger when...

Riding off tarmac
The biggest danger when riding tarmac roads in Morocco is riding too fast for the conditions, especially in built-up areas. The converse is true when riding off tarmac—the biggest...
Forum: Ride reports 04-07-2015, 12:45 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Circular tour to Hassi Bahallou Refreshed by...

Circular tour to Hassi Bahallou
Refreshed by the half day break, I was up to see dawn breaking over the camels and sand dunes.

http://www.morocco-knowledgebase.net/tim/1501m-dawnkanz.jpg

The...
Forum: Ride reports 04-06-2015, 12:37 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Yes, diesel was available but no petrol of any...

Yes, diesel was available but no petrol of any kind.

I've no idea why there were fuel shortages. The only time I've experienced this before in Morocco was when there was a national transport...
Forum: Ride reports 04-05-2015, 02:06 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Leaded fuel was phased out in Morocco about three...

Leaded fuel was phased out in Morocco about three or four years ago.

It's been generally accepted that leaded fuel was responsible for violence in young people, see...
Forum: Ride reports 04-05-2015, 01:26 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Errachidia to Merzouga Until now I had been...

Errachidia to Merzouga
Until now I had been 'far from the madding crowd' and hadn't seen a single traveller or tourist, but now I was about to head towards prime time tourism in the area around...
Forum: Ride reports 04-04-2015, 03:59 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Errachidia Errachidia is pretty much just a...

Errachidia
Errachidia is pretty much just a coffee break town for me. I once stayed overnight when we were following the Dakar Rally in 2006. All the hotels were full and we ended up sharing a small...
Forum: Ride reports 04-03-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Bouarfa and Iche I really excelled myself with...

Bouarfa and Iche
I really excelled myself with Hotel Sahara in Bouarfa which was just 60 dh/night ($6). Once the customers in the cafe area had left I was invited to park the bike inside overnight...
Forum: Ride reports 04-03-2015, 05:23 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Adding maps to the write-ups

Adding maps to the write-ups
Forum: Ride reports 04-02-2015, 06:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
ErikMotoMan: Cellphone coverage is good. ...

ErikMotoMan: Cellphone coverage is good.

I've ridden solo literally tens of thousands of km off tarmac in Morocco. In some ways it's extremely liberating—I can stop when I want for photos or...
Forum: Ride reports 04-02-2015, 02:35 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Around Ain Beni Mathar I stayed overnight at...

Around Ain Beni Mathar
I stayed overnight at Hotel El Gara which was 100dh for a single room. There's a car park opposite with an overnight guardian whom I paid 20 dh. The hotel has wifi but is...
Forum: Ride reports 04-02-2015, 02:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Jerada coal mine and the Cascades Oued Lhay I...

Jerada coal mine and the Cascades Oued Lhay
I continued west from Tiouli, crossed the N17 and made for Jerada which is a pretty town surrounded by spoil heaps.
...
Forum: Ride reports 04-02-2015, 02:09 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Mobile phones and Internet in Morocco One of my...

Mobile phones and Internet in Morocco
One of my first jobs in Oujda was to get a Moroccan SIM for my iPhone so I could use data services on the move.

For most people there's little need to get a...
Forum: Ride reports 04-02-2015, 01:45 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Melilla to Oujda Melilla is still part of...

Melilla to Oujda
Melilla is still part of Spain, so once ashore you navigate to the border crossing at Beni Enzal. I headed into Melilla first to fill up with fuel and take a look around the old...
Forum: Ride reports 04-02-2015, 01:43 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Solar gain and wind chill One of the best...

Solar gain and wind chill
One of the best expressions to describe the Moroccan climate is that it is a 'cold country with a hot sun', so if there's no sun, especially in winter, it can be cold....
Forum: Ride reports 04-02-2015, 01:38 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,469
Posted By Tim Cullis
Morocco: slave labour camps, fossils and wild desert flowers

I didn't get around to writing up my last two big trips in Morocco, so here goes for the Jan/Feb 2015 trip covering four weeks and 7,800 km.

Basic plan
As always I did lots of planning in the...
Forum: GPS Tracks - Europe, Africa, & Middle East 03-31-2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,275
Posted By Tim Cullis
Could never get on with Basecamp, so I run...

Could never get on with Basecamp, so I run Mapsource on a Macbook Air using Parallels Desktop. This allows you to run Windows apps in a window on the Mac desktop.
Forum: Ride reports 03-31-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,515
Posted By Tim Cullis
I'm in.

I'm in.
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2015, 05:44 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,725
Posted By Tim Cullis
Added my details to the survey. ...

Added my details to the survey. Spanish-registered 2013 model with 16000 km on clock. Both mirror stems broke with probably metal fatigue. Otherwise zero problems.

Great fuel consumption, no...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-16-2014, 02:09 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,354
Posted By Tim Cullis
That started in September. This thread started...

That started in September. This thread started in May.

Feel free to fold the other thread into this one. :D
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-15-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,354
Posted By Tim Cullis
From August 21 above... One of the biggest...

From August 21 above...
One of the biggest surprises of the season is the possibility that KTM, in addition to the previously announced Super Adventure 1290, will also unveil a 1050 Adventure. This...
Forum: Thumpers 10-14-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 24,284
Posted By Tim Cullis
Given AJP's projection of first deliveries at end...

Given AJP's projection of first deliveries at end 2015/early 2016, it's a long way off and specs might well change. As it stands, yes you would gain from having 21/18 wheels rather than the 'street'...
Forum: Thumpers 10-14-2014, 04:13 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 24,284
Posted By Tim Cullis
Well maybe the heavy Minarelli engine from the...

Well maybe the heavy Minarelli engine from the Tenere isn't the best starting point?

My 139-kg dry weight KTM 690 Enduro comes with pillion footpegs and whilst I'm not confident it would take a...
Forum: Thumpers 10-13-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 24,284
Posted By Tim Cullis
As you say, your opinion. Mine differs. I've...

As you say, your opinion. Mine differs. I've already said I prefer hard luggage for security. I often park up in the middle of nowhere to go exploring and would like my stuff to still be there...
Forum: Ride reports 10-13-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 537
Posted By Tim Cullis
Fording rivers—the good, the bad and the ugly

Some lessons on how not to cross rivers in Morocco from my recent 5000km four week trip.

The good—after waiting 24 hours for the water levels to drop


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Forum: Thumpers 10-13-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 24,284
Posted By Tim Cullis
A rear tank isn't that inconvenient when...

A rear tank isn't that inconvenient when travelling, it only takes 10-15 seconds for me to move the roll bag to access the rear filler on my KTM 690 Enduro, pretty much the same as moving a tank bag...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-22-2014, 01:57 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,354
Posted By Tim Cullis
By its very nature this type of document is...

By its very nature this type of document is backward looking. I've had a quick scan and the only interesting thing I can see regarding future plans is "development of a new 2-cylinder engine...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-21-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,354
Posted By Tim Cullis
Hmm. 1050cc v-twin, possibly called 1090, and...

Hmm. 1050cc v-twin, possibly called 1090, and lighter than previous 990 model. Likely to be at Intermot in Köln in October.
Forum: Ride reports 06-27-2014, 02:33 AM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,200,288
Posted By Tim Cullis
I do a lot of winter riding in Spain and Morocco,...

I do a lot of winter riding in Spain and Morocco, much of which can be at altitude, and I am an enthusiastic fan of Tucano gear.

In case anyone googles this, the gauchos that fit the KTM 690...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-05-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,354
Posted By Tim Cullis
I had missed the news release of the 500/800cc...

I had missed the news release of the 500/800cc parallel twins, but these sound a long way off, and it looks like they are intended at least initially for the Indian market. Similarly the 390...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-02-2014, 03:32 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,354
Posted By Tim Cullis
Had a second source. V-twin which I guess...

Had a second source.

V-twin which I guess means it's using the 990cc engine. But supposedly lighter than previous 990 Adventure.

I wonder if this will be a 990 Super Enduro model?
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-14-2014, 04:46 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,354
Posted By Tim Cullis
Mid-range KTM Adventure bike at EICMA in Nov 2014?

Had a snippet a month or so back about a new Adventure-styled bike from KTM above the 690 and below the 1190. The source is someone in the industry who should know, but I've not had a second source...
Forum: Thumpers 01-25-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 1,644
Views: 345,456
Posted By Tim Cullis
There's undoubtedly some cost benefits for CCM...

There's undoubtedly some cost benefits for CCM about being located in Bolton, but the south east of England (i.e. London) is where the money is, and the company really needs dealer presence down...
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