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Red face Cambridgeshire to Morocco HELP????

Hi please excuse as new to this
Help needed planning motorbike ride for charity from Cambridgeshire to Morocco.
I have no bike riding experiance dont even have a licence as yet but put my mouth in motion now it must happen.
I now own bmw 1100 cc which arrived today along with motorcycle theory book.
Planning this trip took place in the pub after a boozy session my wifes brother an experienced rider decided to start the challenge I then engaged mouth before brain and now have far too many donations for great ormond street hospital to back out.
any advice, route planning, kit needed or any advice at all would be greatly appreciated.and greatfully received
Please help wife is hoping i follow the mark thatcher route and get lost in desert
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I would normally encourage anybody to get up and go, but as you have no riding experience at all I would suggest that you reconsider such a long journey on foreign roads.

Your major obstacle will be the bike. As far as i am aware you will not be able to ride the 1100cc as a new rider, unless the rules have changed again.

That bike will be a handfull for a novice rider anyway.

Also insurance for a new rider on such a big bike would be bloody expensive.

Sorry to be negative, but i really think that you have bitten off much more than you can chew.

But good luck anyway

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Are you crazy,

An 1100cc bike for your first long haul ?

Serious thought must go into swapping this bike for some thing much more manageable, perhaps a a 500cc or a 650cc.

This 1100cc is not the best bike you could have picked, the challenge won't be the road, the tracks or the sand, not even driving on other side of road ! it will simply be a challenge to ride such a heavy bike.
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Look on the bright side, at least he found this site.

Or is it a wind up?

I wouldn't be so worried about the size of the bike (given that much of the route will be main roads and motorways) but riding in Spain can be really hazardous. I just hope your brother-in-law looks after you.

Allow probably four or five days each way for the trip through France and Spain.

Check the knowledgebase in my signature for Morocco info.

Don't be too ambitious for Morocco unless you have lots of time. There's some Morocco route ideas in the http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...eginners-28996 thread. If you only have a few days don't go further south than Khénifra or thereabouts.
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Go for it

Go for it all the info you need is on this site Tims knowledgebase is a good place to start.You will soon get use to the bike you dont want to let your sponsers down will you?
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I would normally encourage anybody to get up and go, but as you have no riding experience at all I would suggest that you reconsider such a long journey on foreign roads.

Your major obstacle will be the bike. As far as i am aware you will not be able to ride the 1100cc as a new rider, unless the rules have changed again.

That bike will be a handfull for a novice rider anyway.

Also insurance for a new rider on such a big bike would be bloody expensive.

Sorry to be negative, but i really think that you have bitten off much more than you can chew.

But good luck anyway

Lee
Hi lee thanks for reply i have today checked with dvla and i can ride this motorbike once passed the full test its the younger rider that cannot, i have plenty of experience driving hgv abroad so im familliar with the roads, insurance wise i think your right they are going to sting me real hard
thanks for your advice Chris
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Are you crazy,

An 1100cc bike for your first long haul ?

Serious thought must go into swapping this bike for some thing much more manageable, perhaps a a 500cc or a 650cc.

This 1100cc is not the best bike you could have picked, the challenge won't be the road, the tracks or the sand, not even driving on other side of road ! it will simply be a challenge to ride such a heavy bike.
Hi i think your right about the bike but its here now so i will have to learn prety fast
thanks for your reply
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Look on the bright side, at least he found this site.

Or is it a wind up?

I wouldn't be so worried about the size of the bike (given that much of the route will be main roads and motorways) but riding in Spain can be really hazardous. I just hope your brother-in-law looks after you.

Allow probably four or five days each way for the trip through France and Spain.

Check the knowledgebase in my signature for Morocco info.

Don't be too ambitious for Morocco unless you have lots of time. There's some Morocco route ideas in the http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...eginners-28996 thread. If you only have a few days don't go further south than Khénifra or thereabouts.
Hi thanks for your advice
Chris
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Go for it all the info you need is on this site Tims knowledgebase is a good place to start.You will soon get use to the bike you dont want to let your sponsers down will you?

Hi im going for it and will raise as much cash for charity as possible
thanks for your reply
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