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hi new to site and new to motorcycle travelling. Myself and a mate plan to ride to morocco from fife, Scotland. We are not new to biking and have had a variety of bikes considering our age (23). I know this journey is said to be relatively easy but we have both bought and repaired Honda cb250's for this. We are doing this to a budget and it's not practical to take our sports bikes. We feel that it will be great although hard on a 250 and are looking for advice. Thanks
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CB250s, no problem about being able to do it. All you will really lack is the grunt to carry lost gear without it effecting the bike too much and get moving at a faster pace when the roads allow. Get a comfy seat and break up the riding.

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Much of Morocco, like most of Europe, is entirely suited to sport bikes: good roads, reasonable pavement, radar speed traps, etc. If you're looking for dirt tracks or back roads, you'll appreciate the lightweight bikes--but just like in Europe, you'll be cussing yourselves out when trying to make time on the main roads.

Either way: suit yourselves, not some imaginary image of how it's supposed to be.

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Your biggest issues are comfort and navigation, any bike will do fine. I'm doing a trip myself on a smaller bike and on the few occasions where we do get overtaken we catch them up in the petrol station. 250s will be economical and that helps a lot. Give the bike a full service, check everything and prep with chain, sprockets, tyres, etc to make sure they're really ready and you'll do better on an old small bike than a modern sportster and be more comfortable too.
Be wary of main roads through Europe, Toll roads are everywhere and are very expensive.
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Thanks for advice once I get used to the site I will post a bit about it. Cheers
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Hi Chee,
I stay in Kirkcaldy and my biggest moan is the loss of the Rosyth ferry to Zebbrugge. My euro trips depart from Newcastle now. Have a great time on the CB's they will be fine. Enjoy.
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