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Old 12-11-2008, 04:23 AM   #1
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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:


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


Christian, playing with the little one, descending the Col de Belcacem.


The stupid 1200GS rider thought he cold pass throught the herbs.... and he got stuck.


Christian playing in the Sand.


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 !

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Old 12-11-2008, 04:42 AM   #2
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Alors, tu sais bien qu'un voyage au Maroc c'est mon rve!!

Allez-y!!

Merci!

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Old 12-11-2008, 07:28 AM   #3
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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...
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

little test ride around Anton's house


what ? a scratch already ?
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Old 12-11-2008, 08:13 AM   #4
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And the day came !
Meeting point was near Narbonne, where Anton lives.
On a quite early sunday morning.

Encounter of very mature bikers

after a quick ride, we were in Barcelona harbour



"you see, we are on the bigger boat".. ah boys....


Happy birthday, man !


"One day, I'll have my own boat"..... and he has one now !


What to do on a boat ?.... there's nothing to do.....


except sleeping for the oldest


yes, sleeping and ...


..eating of course.... last pork till we're back.
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Old 12-11-2008, 08:26 AM   #5
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Nice report! I'm surprised they let you through the security checkpoints with that nasty pig-sticker knife/corkscrew! 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.

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Old 12-11-2008, 10:13 AM   #6
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we quickly got out of the boat and ride to Fez.


Mandatory pause for tea

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


the little beast





some twistie roads in the almighty Atlas.
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:17 AM   #7
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getting cold around here....


doh... the old buddy seems sick....
1st sign of tourista already !!


let's ride, baby !
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:20 AM   #8
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Missour ! And guess why Anton seems so happy ?


Fooooood ! and meat, good one !


and the mandatory coke to avoid troubles


the beasts, resting.

coz tomorrow, we'll do some "trek", "pistes", off road.
Quite easy. only technical part is le Col de Belkacem.
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So.. how did you get the birthday boy to go with you??

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So beautiful trip!
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Old 12-11-2008, 02:13 PM   #11
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Yo mate, finally your RR bout missing each other

Keep it coming!

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Old 12-12-2008, 01:52 AM   #12
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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
yeah, I know, sheer evil.
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:59 AM   #13
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As we arrived quite early in Missour, we decided to take a little ride to find the beginning of the "piste".

found something ?


cool, it's the "piste"


Guess who's taking the shot ? the boy was in love
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Old 12-12-2008, 02:04 AM   #14
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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

Am I alone or what ?

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.

Now, I know the way, guys !
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at last...

I 'm so jealous! Keep it coming!

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