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Old 10-14-2014, 03:49 AM   #1
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Talking From Freetown, Sierra Leone to Sollies Ville, France

Hello Everyone,

I would like to share my minidaventure on a small bike (160 cc) with a minimalist equipment. I decided to travel with a light and cheap motorbike and give it away in case of problems.
I had no idea how to enter in Europe with an Indian motorbike purchased in Sierra Leone, I really thought I could just sell it or leave it without knowing that in Mauritania and Morocco the customs write on your passport that you enter with a motorbike and you have to show it when you exit to get the clearance.
The Trip:
Freetown, Sierra Leone to Sollies Ville, France - 7,100 Km
5,800 Km From Freetown, Sierra Leone to Nador, Morocco
1,300 Km From Almeria, Spain to Sollies Ville, France
3 weeks (I had limited time, I have to admit…) and 7 countries
Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco, Spain and France
Cost: 1,500 USD (all included) for the trip, 1,800 USD for the bike (brand new)
Visa for Guinea and Mauritania (100 USD each) done at the Embassy in Freetown and Dakar
Visa for Senegal and Morocco done at the border
Driving License: Sierra Leonean and Italian (no problems with Police and controls)
Permit for the motorbike done at the border ( 10 USD for each country, excluding Europe).
Insurance: One for Ecowas, 100 USD (covering Sierra Leone, Guinea and Senegal) and done locally for Mauritania and Morocco (20 and 80 USD)

The Bike
TVS Apache RTR 160 CC (Indian purchased in Sierra Leone)
Cost: 1,800 USD (new and with papers)
Used in Sierra Leone for one year to explore and go to work (12,000 Km)
No spare parts with me(impossible to find them on the way) and few tools
Tank 16 l. Consume: 32-38 km/l. Max speed 110 km/h (in Mauritania and Western Sahara 22-28 Km/l Dam wind!!!)
Two bicycle bag (15 l each side) and one magnetic bag for the tank. One aluminum bottle (1,5 l), some sardine cans, one tripod and few clothes (bought on the way). No tent or sleeping bags but one small carpet.

Problems
I had to change the back tire and the inner tube in Senegal and replace with a bigger one (impossible to find the same size).
The back wheel was a little bit ‘shaking’ towards the end

And then a small video to show the adventure in six minuts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeOQ6wYqqRI
Hope you will enjoy it!
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:26 AM   #2
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Wow! That's an adventure! Thanks for sharing it
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:48 AM   #3
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Thanks GB!
The bike looks like this, not really all around but I like the shape!
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:17 AM   #4
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Great Adventure
"tu sei fuori di testa" in a good way.

I loved the video
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:45 AM   #5
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FAN-Amazing-TASTIC!!!
Your minimalistic approach is very refreshing and educational (for me at least). I take more stuff on a much, much, much, much larger displacement bike for a weekend trip
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Old 10-15-2014, 01:52 AM   #6
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Thanks guys!

Traveling minimalist for a long trip means that you always hope to find a miracle and a solution in case of problems! At least what I did...

But the good thing is that in West Africa you always find somebody willing to help!
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Old 10-15-2014, 02:15 AM   #7
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Awesome ride you had and video/sound track.
Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

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Old 10-16-2014, 01:51 AM   #8
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ops I have noticed the link for the video was not working: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeOQ6wYqqRI
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Old 10-16-2014, 07:07 AM   #9
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Very nice and a great Adventure. Reminded me of the times when I use to take my 80 cc Suzuki on trips back in the the 1960's.

Love the minimalist approach. Now roughing it for me is if there is no Sommelier on staff and I have to order the wine with no advice.
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Old 10-16-2014, 12:03 PM   #10
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Great video! Can't travel around there now with EBOLA everywhere.
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Old 10-19-2014, 04:57 AM   #11
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True...let s hope it will get better soon,West Africa is an amazing place!
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