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Forum: Ride reports 06-27-2014, 02:33 AM
Replies: 3,551
Views: 1,605,372
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: Orange Crush 06-05-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,043
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: Orange Crush 06-02-2014, 03:32 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,043
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: Orange Crush 05-14-2014, 04:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,043
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: 1,167
Views: 207,166
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, 04:38 PM
Replies: 1,167
Views: 207,166
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, 08:38 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 18,881
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, 12:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,086
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, 05:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,180
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, 05:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,523
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, 05:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,496
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, 09:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,790
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, 07:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,359
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, 11:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,638
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, 07:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,359
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, 02:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,141
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, 08:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,037
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, 11:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,037
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, 05:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 857
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, 05:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,011
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, 02:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 712
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, 12:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,810
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, 09:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,810
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, 08:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,583
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, 04:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,530
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, 01:37 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 25,681
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, 11:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,115
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, 04:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 568
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, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 921
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, 03:20 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 15,295
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, 07:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,160
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...
Forum: Europe 08-26-2010, 11:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 568
Posted By Tim Cullis
Funkyrola? I lived there in the early '70s! Bit...

Funkyrola? I lived there in the early '70s! Bit smaller then.

You could contact Hana at MotoAdvenTours (http://motoadventours.com/), she should have some room. She's at Estepona which is a bit...
Forum: Australia 08-24-2010, 01:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 780
Posted By Tim Cullis
After my father died I found some airmail letters...

After my father died I found some airmail letters I had written home from my first trip to Morocco in 1972. Fascinating looking back.
Forum: Ride reports 08-08-2010, 11:36 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 15,295
Posted By Tim Cullis
Great adventure so far, but try to spend more...

Great adventure so far, but try to spend more time with gorgeous girls on Van Vans than toothless paunchy "flaming homos". :rofl
Forum: EMEA 07-26-2010, 02:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,383
Posted By Tim Cullis
Things are a lot cheaper in Morocco than most...

Things are a lot cheaper in Morocco than most travellers realise. Many locals earn less than 100dh per day, so amounts of 5dh are quite a lot. For having someone look after your bike you shouldn't...
Forum: Ride reports 06-07-2010, 01:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,674
Posted By Tim Cullis
Cascades d'Ouzoud.

Cascades d'Ouzoud.
Forum: EMEA 05-20-2010, 03:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,360
Posted By Tim Cullis
You might well find Morocco is no hotter than...

You might well find Morocco is no hotter than southern Spain. I've been several times in the middle of summer and am planning to go again at the end of July.

If it is really hot then you need...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-12-2010, 11:50 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,151
Posted By Tim Cullis
Joel, I was talking about the fuel pump...

Joel, I was talking about the fuel pump controller, not the fuel pressure sensor.

Tim
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-12-2010, 11:28 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,151
Posted By Tim Cullis
Having suffered from a fuel pump controller...

Having suffered from a fuel pump controller failure I led a campaign against BMW by collating more than 350 instances of FPC failures (http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?t=152727) on the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-12-2010, 10:10 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,151
Posted By Tim Cullis
There was an early recall in the UK on the F800GS...

There was an early recall in the UK on the F800GS fuel pressure sensor, see

http://www.vosa.gov.uk/vosa/apps/recalls/searches/expand.asp?uniqueID=38BBDD4E60FDC9568025740B00300396&freeText=Blank
...
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