Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Morocco

Morocco Topics specific to Morocco, including Western Sahara west of the berm
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Morocco Overland: From the Atlas to the Sahara - 4WD, Motorcycle, Van, Mountain Bike

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 2 Jan 2013
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 13
February

Hi all,

Here's a question which, I'm sure, has been answered 100 times already.

I just got an automated e-mail from HR saying that I've got 22 days of leave to take before the end of the tax year. Not sure how I achieved this, but here...

So I was thinking about heading over to Morocco in February.

Now, I've got a Deauville. I've never ridden off-road properly (an "experience day" at an off-road track doesn't count, I don't think). I've never been to Morocco. I don't have lots of money to spend. I don't speak Arabic, and my French is limited to "Bonjour, comment ca va, je ne parle pas Francais".

On the plus side, because of my job, I've travelled extensively around the world as a journalist - working not playing, so I should be able to deal with most stuff life throws at me.

I don't intend to ride like a maniac. I'm no off-road hero. What I want to do is ride a bit, stop to take photographs, then ride a bit more; repeat as needed.

I would be grateful for any advice on:
- Whether I'm mad contemplating Morocco in late Feb
- Whether you guys think I should ride the Deauville down there, or hire something more "off-roady" in Morocco
- What routes you think would work for a beginner like me

Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 2 Jan 2013
chris's Avatar
Probably out riding
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: God's Own County
Posts: 2,257
It has been asked a lot. But here's number 101
*Use the search function, top right of every page
*Click the advert at top middle of this page or visit Morocco Overland ~ the website for the book and buy the book. Lots of route descriptions...
*Visit Morocco Knowledgebase
*For a free gps map: GPS Vector Map Morocco

Feb is a great time. A Deauville will ride the ever expanding Moroccan tarmac network just fine.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 2 Jan 2013
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 244
Feb is a great time for a Morocco trip, temps are reasonable, snow is still on the mountains and the almond blossom out.

IMHO its also one of the best times for photos.

Get Chris Scotts book for route planning. In terms of which are best for you and on a bike I'm not sure as my experience is in a 4x4. But I would reccomend you decide roughly what you want to see and where you want to go and look for Routes the meet these requirements.

I've been travelling morocco wodely for over 10 years with english and a little arabic to get by on and had no problems. Where you can't speak the language sign language and good humour will get you by but you can normally find someone who speaks english now.

For a first time visit I would take in
Marrakech
High Atlas via the Tizi n Test pass and/or Route MS2 from Morocco Overland (all tarmac now so easy if snow free).
Essaouira
Taroudannt and then get down through the Anti Atlas towards the desert edges along the borders towards Zagora etc.
The N12 Desert Highway is mostly tarmac from Figuig all the way to the Atlantic and has some stunning scenery

Last edited by TheWarden; 2 Jan 2013 at 19:52.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 2 Jan 2013
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 13
Thanks guys - bought the book, so just about to immerse myself in studying...
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wanted: tourbike in Argentina end of february TobiasdeGraaf TRAVEL Bikes for Sale / Wanted 2 19 Dec 2012 13:58
Atar or Faya in February? priffe Sahara Travel Forum 11 2 Jul 2012 15:22
FS: Kawasaki Versys (KLE650), Buenos Aires (February 2012) Rogier TRAVEL Bikes for Sale / Wanted 2 19 Feb 2012 22:39
Darwin - Dili Container Sharing in February 2012 TTSoli Trip Transport 0 11 Jan 2012 21:50
Honda XR650L 2008 ADVENTURE READY, Argentina, February 2012 Ruthrad TRAVEL Bikes for Sale / Wanted 1 25 Nov 2011 03:29

 
 


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 10:36.