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Old 11-22-2013, 09:04 AM   #1
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Morocco: Fly-Rent-Roost 2013

Our annual motorcycle adventure for 2013 took us to Morocco. It's a place I have always wanted to visit , we had the time, so we went for it.

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Our plan for this trip was simple. We would fly in and rent a bike, pack light and go 2 up. We would also bring along camping gear for the nights we could stay out under the stars.

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Old 11-22-2013, 06:13 PM   #2
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Ride reports, especially to Morocco, are required to contain at least 75 words and two pictures. . Or everybody gets a T shirt.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:20 AM   #3
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Our first task was finding maps and info to help plan a route that would keep us on our toes but not be to challenging. We would be on just one bike and traveling solo with no back up from other riders. We wanted to pick a nice combination between twisty paved roads over high mountain passes and dirt routes through scenic desert terrain.

We purchased 2 maps from Amazon.com of Morocco. The "REISE Know-How" map seemed to be the map with the most detail so we left the Michelin map home.
We also purchased "Morocco Overland" By Chris Scott. This book was helpful and he did provide a couple of great ideas on linking things up and I would recommend his book to anyone looking to tour Morocco by bike.

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Old 11-23-2013, 10:28 AM   #4
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:44 AM   #5
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On this trip we would be traveling as "Stand by travelers" which means we don't have confirmed seats on the flights taking us to Paris. From there we have confirmed seats on "EasyJet" down to Marrakech. We missed our first flight direct to Paris and we were able to get on an empty 757 headed to MSP.

This huge jet with only 9 people on board.
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We bevy in a nice spot in the MSP airport.
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We hang out in the airport all day in and catch our flight to Morocco. 48 hours of travel and we are spent.Untitled
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:50 AM   #6
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Good report up to now, but could you give us an idea of the costs involved & which rental company did you use!?!?!?!
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:31 AM   #7
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Finding a Bike.

During the planning stages of this trip I looked everywhere for some good information on bike rentals in Morocco. There really isn't a lot of options out there. I started contacting companies by email and only had one company get back to me.

Reda with Palm Road www.palm-road.com got back to me about renting a BMW GS800. He knew exactly what we were looking for and had a bike that would be perfect. The only problem was he wanted us to send him 600 euros to hold the bike. He had a website that was under construction and a couple of things just didn't add up. Having done many trips internationally on Motos, we have had our share of guys taking advantage of or just working a shady deal. So I told him we couldn't send him the money. With no disrespect I explained I understood if he couldn't guarantee he would have a bike when we got there but we would have to take that chance.


We woke up early and started asking around for a bike. The guys at the Riad said they would work on it. I contacted Reda at Palm Road and he couldn't meet us till 5pm.

The guys from the Riad www.dar-ourika.com hooked us up with Ali. He had a bike and was on his way. He showed up with a yamaha xt660 that would of worked but we wanted the Tenere. He had one at the office. Off we went to his place.
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He told us for 80 Euros a day the bike was ours. We got him down to 70 with new rubber, bags and a top case. I told him I still needed to meet with the Palm-road guys and would let him know. He said he would take 65. I liked his style but I said I needed to meet with Reda because he was the only one who had responded to my emails. I'm not going to say anything about the conversation I had with Reda. Let's just say he was very upset I had found another bike and ended the conversation abruptly.

That made it easy to call Ali back and tell him we would be happy to rent the bike for 70 euros a day if he completed the upgrades we needed.Untitled

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Old 11-23-2013, 04:38 PM   #8
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:03 AM   #9
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With a bike lined up we had the rest of the day to check out the town.

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We went and checked out the tannery.
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Gnarly working conditions for these guys. I don't have the words to describe the smell.
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Then we went to the Djemaa el-Fna. The main square in Marrakech where all the action is.
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Moroccan Blue Grass
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Cheapest meal of the trip. $.40 for a great bowl of soup.
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It is not easy navigating the streets in the medina. We managed to make it back to the Riad safe and sound.
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:45 AM   #10
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Day 1 Depart Marrakech

So I met with Ali around 9am at his place and paid him the remainder of the rental fee for the bike. We ended up paying a little more than we had hoped for a bike and definitely more than we have paid on any trip to date. But we felt good about it. When I showed up Ali had the bike ready to go. Fresh rubber, oil, bags. The bike looked great.
I rode back to grab BB and load up the bike.
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Loaded up and ready to Roost. Hit the road around noon.
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Once we get out of town we hit smaller roads headed south. Looks just like southern Utah.
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We drive for about 2 hours and come across this guy selling rocks. This was a major delay. BB loves rocks and promised this nice man we would be back in 2 weeks to buy rocks.
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Heading up into the mountains.
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Yep crazy Voodoo truckers in Morocco.
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Great riding here.
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We make it to the Tizi-N-Test pass and pitched a tent on the summit at 7200ft.
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Enjoying the views looking south into the desert.
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About 140km of easy riding today. Good day.
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What's your opinion on the XTZ660 Tenéré for 2 up riding ? Any good ?
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Yamaha 660 Tenere

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What's your opinion on the XTZ660 Tenéré for 2 up riding ? Any good ?
I really like the 660 Tenere. Plenty of power, the suspension was good and it did great on gas. It had a 25 liter tank and fuel never seemed to be an issue. BB felt comfortable on the back with the top case to lean against.
I would consider this bike if it were sold in the USA.
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I really like the 660 Tenere. Plenty of power, the suspension was good and it did great on gas. It had a 25 liter tank and fuel never seemed to be an issue. BB felt comfortable on the back with the top case to lean against.
I would consider this bike if it were sold in the USA.
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Day 2: Tizi-N-Test to Tamrhakht

After a somewhat sleepless night due to dogs barking and big rigs climbing over the pass all night, we took it easy packing up camp. Loaded up we started out of the mountains headed south.
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We come out of the mountains and into the desert. Things heated up quick. So we decide to punch it for the coast.
Then we come across this scene. Goats that climb trees.
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BB thought it would be funny if they harvested goats like our friend from Michigan harvests cherries. With a big a tree shaker. The goat harvest would be great this year.
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We scratched our heads and carried on through Taroudant to Agadir. We weren't impressed with Agidir so we continued North to Tamrhakht.
Its a little tourist spot with mostly locals hanging out.
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BB picked up a cold on the flight over so we rented this "Tuff Shed" on the beach. It was comfy inside but not really our style. 400dh a night.
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Nice African sunset.
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200 km on the bike today. It was a Hot mother in the desert. Temps felt nice on the coast.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:30 AM   #15
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Day 3 Tamrhakht to Tiznit

Originally we had thought we would stay for 2 nights to get BB back on her feet and hang by the ocean. So had a great nights sleep and got up well rested, had breakfast and starting looking at the map and reading the book. I wanted t o head to Sidi Ifni because it is so beautiful and BB wanted to visit Tiznit because there is silver shops there. Tizinit is a short ride down the road so we checked out of our tuff shed and punched it south. We stopped in Agadir and hit the Liquor store. Something we are beginning to understand is a rare opportunity.
Stopped for a little road side snack. The road south bound was smooth, straight and fast.
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Made to Tiznit for a Harerra(its like a lentil soup) and berber whiskey (Mint tea)
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We rented a room at the Hotel Tiznit for 300dh. It was an OK room with a leaky toilet. This place ended up being the local hooch dealer. When we came back from a walk we were surprised to find out this place was full of locals boozing it up. The bar was full of men smoking and drinking cheap liquor. We decided not to join them and hit our stash up in the room.
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90km of fresh pavement. super easy riding.
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