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Old 09-27-2011, 07:17 AM   #76
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must be really hot now

greets from me to the Kasbah of Ali "el cojo", awwwww........ how I wish I was there now

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Old 09-27-2011, 07:20 AM   #77
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Merzouga - The Dunes




















The quality of the images is different because they are all video captures ... we spent a lot of time with the video camera in the dunes :)
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:22 AM   #78
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Great pics!

Judging from the size of that cable thru the front tires, the lesson's been learned.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:48 AM   #79
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This place looks familiar to me


I've been there five months ago
It's a nice place to rest indeed.

Did you meet Naima?
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:22 AM   #80
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Great pics!

Judging from the size of that cable thru the front tires, the lesson's been learned.
Once bitten twice shy ... as they say
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:29 AM   #81
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Judging from the size of that cable thru the front tires, the lesson's been learned.
Yep - he clearly prefers to have a front wheel to sell than an old luggage frame that needed much attention.
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Boy - that sand !!

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Old 09-27-2011, 09:50 AM   #82
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Did you meet Naima?
Not that i know of.

Unless Naima is a Scorpion that likes sleeping in peoples jackets ... in which case I have some good video of Roman meeting it - with more than a subtle amount of surprise, shall we say.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:32 AM   #83
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Walter, please a shot of this new rear rack! I am in the market for one and was about to order one from a metal fab when I saw your post. Does it mount on the standard TT pannier rack?
Tom, I have put some pics and detail on the luggage rack here mate:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...6#post16947516
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:01 AM   #84
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Not that i know of.

Unless Naima is a Scorpion that likes sleeping in peoples jackets ... in which case I have some good video of Roman meeting it - with more than a subtle amount of surprise, shall we say.
When I met her she was not a scorpion and as far as I know she hasn't suffered that kind of transformation

Have a nice trip and keep posting about it for our enjoyment
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:42 AM   #85
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oh boy! "no trips this year, still preparing for adventurous rides for the next year"
like my friend said: this is a walk in a park for you
glad to see you back, Walter!
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:13 PM   #86
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The Dunes, part 2

This was meant to be a light day of fooling around in the dunes, but the heat and the sand got the better or us. After a couple of hours in the sand in 40 degree heat, we were out of energy, and it was showing in our riding. While the first hour was just a playful hoot around in the dunes, but when you are hot and exhausted, your riding gets sloppy and as time went on we began picking the bikes up out of the sand a few times. The show came to an end when Igor’s throttle got jammed when sand entered his throttle cable assembly effectively denying him control of his engine. Grom rode back to summon a rescue crew, while I stayed with Igor, sheltered in the shade of a rare tree in the dunes. I noticed while waiting here in the shade that the sore and tender chest / right armpit area, that I thought was bruised in my first fall, barely an hour into the first piste, not only wasn’t showing any bruising, but was very painful when there was muscle movement in the area. The most intense pain of all came when I coughed or sneezed. I now realised I cracked or broke a rib in that fall.

Here is Igor's bike being rescued:



And an odd sight on the way back ... buried in the hot sand ... apparently a cure for rheumatism

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Old 09-28-2011, 12:19 PM   #87
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... apparently a cure for rheumatism
or maybe he just signed life insurance
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:21 PM   #88
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By the time we got back to Merzouga it was well and truly lunchtime and I noticed the highly dodgy subframe bolt repair from yesterday had not held. It came apart somewhere in the dunes. It would need to be repaired again. We went for what we thought would be a relaxing lunch in town.

As we were finishing our lamb tajine on the outdoor patio, a couple of european backpacker girls walked nervously across the street towards us. One of them was crying. They came directly to us and asked us to help. Soon after an angry, seemingly drunk, local followed them in and began trying to hassle the girls. We told them to sit behind us and tried to calm down the local, who was by now quite dramatic and erratic. The management came out and asked him to leave. He refused, and started throwing tables and chairs about. It was becoming quite a dramatic lunchtime. The girls explained that he had claimed to be a tour guide, was hassling them and even began trying to touch them. The manager of the restaurant, who was already on the verge of calling in the gendarme, did so once he saw the mad guy kicking his chairs and throwing his tables around. The gendarme showed up after a pretty long 30 – 40 minutes and began trying to talk to the guy. After they either realised he was drunk or decided he was a bit psycho, they cuffed him and bundled him into the back of the cop car. The girls left with the cops and I left Grom and Igor to try and sort out my subframe bolt.

It took about 90 minutes to get the 2nd snapped bolt out. Instead of trying to drill it out like the bloke yesterday, this bodgy mechanic spent over an hour trying to weld a rod to the snapped bolt (snapped at least 5mm inside the bolt hole). Eventually, on about the 7th attempt, it took, and he was able to twist out the bolt stub of the crappy bolt that was installed yesterday. A new 6mm bolt was fitted (the hole by now was no longer a 6mm bolt hole) and we all hoped for the best. I rejoined the boys, still mulling over the crazy day we had experienced so far at the lunch spot.

By 5pm, we took the 1km ride back to our hotel. On arrival I found out just how crap the subframe bolt “repair” had been. The bolt we just screwed in was gone. The upside was there was no bolt stub in there. It didn’t snap off. It meant we could actually effect our own repair - to our own quality standards. We decided to try and bolt through the butchered bolt hole rather than to try and get a thread to take in it. It meant removing the wheel, unbolting the shock, jacking the bike up etc etc etc. Dinner came in the middle of the operation. It was almost 10pm by the time we were satisfied with the repair. It was truly a crazy old day.
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12.09.11 Merzouga - Mhamid (Part 1)

A full Dakar Piste day … from Merzouga we were headed for Tagounite, across the edge of the Sahara. It began with everyone at our hotel telling us its not recommended for motorcycles because of the Fesh Fesh section about a third of the way along. The edge of the Sahara is full of sand, but the sand in Morocco is pretty consistent, granular orange pieces. The Fesh Fesh is different. It's like fine dust, the consistency of well milled flour. There was a 5km section along a riverbed, about 80 km from Merzouga. We were constantly told it’s very difficult for large motorcycles. Each time we heard that, we were determined to do it. We decided to ride to the edge of the Fesh Fesh, check it out and make our minds up then.

I had my own decision to make. The chest pain caused by the cracked / broken rib was not getting any better. If anything it was getting more obvious. I couldn’t even blow my nose without considerable pain. Pushing the bike around the parking lot was difficult (it seems you need two arms and some degree of co-ordination between them to make that happen – and that wasn’t happening for my right arm). Riding the bike would be no problem. The weight of the arm is not held up by chest muscles but by the handlebars. If I did the piste, I would have to make sure I stayed upright. A fall could mean further damage to the chest and I would annoy the hell out of the other guys having to pick my bike up. Faced with the possibility of returning by asphalt and not doing this piste, I decided to risk it, take it a little carefully and make sure I finished the piste upright.



We refuelled and left Merzouga about 8:30, loaded up with over 6 litres of water each, and reached the end of the asphalt 25 km later at the village of Taouz, where we were again told that it would be impossible on our motorcycles without a vehicle escort to pull us out of trouble. I hadnt quite worked out whether that was good advice, or soliciting for a guide with a 4WD. In any case, we ignored them and continued on.



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Dammit...now I'm hanging, I WANT TO SEE THE FESH FESH!!
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