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Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-16-2014, 03:09 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,586
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, 12:44 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,586
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, 02:34 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 13,033
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, 05:13 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 13,033
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, 03:29 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 13,033
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, 10:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 462
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, 10:48 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 13,033
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, 02:57 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,586
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, 04:00 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,586
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, 03:33 AM
Replies: 4,010
Views: 1,966,746
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, 06:24 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,586
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, 04:32 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,586
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, 05:46 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,586
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, 06:41 PM
Replies: 1,440
Views: 280,345
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...
Forum: Thumpers 01-25-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 1,440
Views: 280,345
Posted By Tim Cullis
I think the standard GP450 tank is fine for most...

I think the standard GP450 tank is fine for most purposes. 4.5L/100km works out at 22km/litre, so if you have a 17 litre tank that gives you a range of 374km or 232 miles. For the times when you...
Forum: Equipment 01-11-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 24,187
Posted By Tim Cullis
http://www.morocco-knowledgebase.net/tim/P1010917e...

http://www.morocco-knowledgebase.net/tim/P1010917e.jpg

Video of above (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Hx2PGeHuP8g)

Exped Mira II 2012
extremely short 15.75", 400mm
Forum: EMEA 01-25-2013, 01:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,199
Posted By Tim Cullis
July will be incredibly hot, undoubtedly above...

July will be incredibly hot, undoubtedly above 35ºC, possibly anything up to 45ºC. I had to severely curtail our route last June and two Portuguese riders died through heat exhaustion.

You...
Forum: EMEA 12-31-2012, 06:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,373
Posted By Tim Cullis
It's tarmac almost all the way, though a lot of...

It's tarmac almost all the way, though a lot of the side roads in Senegal are sand, so something like Metzeler Tourance would be good. Personally I always ride Continental TKC80, but that might be...
Forum: EMEA 12-31-2012, 06:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,723
Posted By Tim Cullis
The Moroccan-Algerian border has been closed for...

The Moroccan-Algerian border has been closed for many years and was only opened once in recent years to allow an aid relief convoy through that was on its way to Gaza.

You can't go south to enter...
Forum: Thumpers 12-31-2012, 06:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,089
Posted By Tim Cullis
One of the most important mods on the XT660Z is...

One of the most important mods on the XT660Z is to improve the sealing and fit of the regulator to prevent arcing. Undo the connection to the wiring loom, fill it with silicon and refit.

(Mine...
Forum: EMEA 12-30-2012, 10:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,986
Posted By Tim Cullis
Morocco is a country of weather extremes and...

Morocco is a country of weather extremes and outside of the summer months is not at all predictable. "A cold country with a hot sun," is the best description—if there's sun it will be warm in the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-09-2012, 08:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,412
Posted By Tim Cullis
Perfectly feasible, Moroccans love children,...

Perfectly feasible, Moroccans love children, you'd get a warm welcome everywhere. My wife and I took our children to Morocco a lot when they were 3-10 years old. Morocco is far safer than North...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-26-2012, 12:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,763
Posted By Tim Cullis
There's many that appreciate the different tune...

There's many that appreciate the different tune of the F650GS. Anyway, it's torque that matters, not horsepower. Coming back from Poland I did 960 miles plus the cross-Channel ferry to the UK in...
Forum: Ride reports 06-25-2012, 08:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,412
Posted By Tim Cullis
Six weeks in Morocco in May/June 2012

Just back having covered 8,100km on my second trip this year. I've written up the first four weeks and should have the rest finished in a couple of days.

I managed to cram in a lot of...
Forum: Europe 08-09-2011, 03:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,224
Posted By Tim Cullis
Not many people rent in Spain with the ability to...

Not many people rent in Spain with the ability to take the bikes to Morocco, but two companies that do are GS Heaven (http://www.gsheaven.com/) who rent BMW 1200 GS Adventures and MotoAdvenTours...
Forum: Ride reports 04-30-2011, 09:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,167
Posted By Tim Cullis
Thought I knew most of the trails in the Middle...

Thought I knew most of the trails in the Middle Atlas but I've never seen this before. Any clues where you went?

Tim
Forum: Ride reports 04-29-2011, 12:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,167
Posted By Tim Cullis
http://www.morocco-knowledgebase.net/photos/m22047...

http://www.morocco-knowledgebase.net/photos/m22047.jpg

I recognise the scene above, it's on the piste south from Azrou through the cedar forests...
Forum: Europe 03-03-2011, 06:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 906
Posted By Tim Cullis
If you want somewhere secure to store you...

If you want somewhere secure to store you vehicle/trailer, you could talk to Hana at MotoAdvenTours (http://motoadventours.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=24&Itemid=25&lang=en). I...
Forum: EMEA 03-03-2011, 06:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,949
Posted By Tim Cullis
Yes, it's tarmac almost the whole way, standard...

Yes, it's tarmac almost the whole way, standard tyres should be OK.

The 50cc scooters in this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulN9TEOgtHY) were each towing a homemade trailer and had taken 6...
Forum: Africa & Mid East 01-09-2011, 03:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 773
Posted By Tim Cullis
I'm surprised nobody has responded to this. ...

I'm surprised nobody has responded to this.

Your plan is fatally flawed, you can't cross from Morocco to Algeria, the border has been closed for decades.

Algeria and Libya are 'difficult'...
Forum: Ride reports 11-14-2010, 01:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,963
Posted By Tim Cullis
When I was over 21 stone (300lb, 135kg) and built...

When I was over 21 stone (300lb, 135kg) and built like a brick shitehouse I didn't worry about being physically hassled but after now losing over 9st (130lb, 60kg) I feel a bit weedy--even the wife...
Forum: Ride reports 11-13-2010, 10:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,963
Posted By Tim Cullis
Morocco: Bandits on the Cirque de Jaffar

30 Oct 2010: Today I came into the south western end of the Cirque de Jaffar piste by tarmac from the N13 road near Timnay 4x4 Centre with the intention of riding north east along the cirque piste...
Forum: EMEA 11-03-2010, 09:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,641
Posted By Tim Cullis
One of the best quotes about the weather in...

One of the best quotes about the weather in Morocco came from the first French governor-general who said "It is a cold country with a hot sun." So if it's nice and sunny, the middle of the day will...
Forum: Africa & Mid East 10-20-2010, 05:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,651
Posted By Tim Cullis
Ramadan is a moveable feast and is currently mid...

Ramadan is a moveable feast and is currently mid summer, coming earlier by two weeks per annum.

Outside of the summer months the weather in Morocco is as unpredictable as anywhere else in the...
Forum: Ride reports 10-19-2010, 02:37 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 26,169
Posted By Tim Cullis
Great report, fabulous pictures. I obviously...

Great report, fabulous pictures. I obviously need a new camera!

Tim
(currently on way to Casablanca to source a new rear tyre for the Tenere)
Forum: Australia 09-14-2010, 12:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,217
Posted By Tim Cullis
Morocco is an excellent biking destination--safe,...

Morocco is an excellent biking destination--safe, exciting and inexpensive. You can either hire a bike in Marrakech and go off by yourself, or join an organised trip.

Relations with the USA are...
Forum: Europe 09-06-2010, 05:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 596
Posted By Tim Cullis
If you're going to Ouarzazate you should stop at...

If you're going to Ouarzazate you should stop at http://www.bikershome.net Peter is a great source of info on the many pistes in the area. To find Bikershome take the Zagora road out of Ouarzazate...
Forum: EMEA 09-06-2010, 05:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 957
Posted By Tim Cullis
My Tenere is also with Hana and David at...

My Tenere is also with Hana and David at Estepona. Will be flying into Malaga again in a couple of weeks for my *fourth* Moroccan trip this year.

They can organise a 'shakedown' on Spanish pistes...
Forum: Ride reports 08-31-2010, 04:20 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 15,799
Posted By Tim Cullis
Dont miss the Barbary Apes around Azrou The...

Dont miss the Barbary Apes around Azrou

The macaque silvanus (Barbary Ape, though it's a monkey not an ape) inhabits the cedar forests of Morocco. Cedar trees typically only grow at over...
Forum: Ride reports 08-28-2010, 08:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,234
Posted By Tim Cullis
Morocco: Lixus Roman ruins, necropolis and a familiar plant

A couple of pics from my July trip...

http://www.morocco-knowledgebase.net/photos/lixus1.jpg

The Roman ruins of Lixus are on the outskirts of Larache on the Atlantic coast. They are overgrown...
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