1) I'm hiring a box trailer for the bikes and the owner has asked me to get specific insurance for it - any ideas?
So the bike is not in your name, right? Do you know that you need a written (in French), signed by the owner and stamped paper that he allows you to take it to Morocco?
2) Currency - is it better to take Good Old Sterling, USD or Euros, and what are the protocols for exchange?
You take your EC-card and slip it into a ATM-Machine.
3) how much cash do you think I should take?? We'll be doing a few nights under canvas, some in hotels (when we stink!) and we enjoy decent food and wine. I've no idea what food or meals are likely to cost.
The EC card and maybe 300 Euro (if banks are closed and ATMs empty) is enough. A meal in a nice restaurant serving alcohol might be around 150 DH, wine included.
4) I think our trip coincides with Ramadan. Is this likely to have an impact on what we can do ..? Do we out of courtesy refrain from eating until the locals do? Is Ramadan observed by people outside of towns?
They will not object if you eat, but out of courtesy you should not do it on the street. A restaurant where they serve during the day will be fine.
If you need any help in Ouarzazate for bike here is the right address:
The Bikershome Off-Roadcentre, Route du Zagora (N30º53.864, W06º54.083), Tel. Mobil 070 - 78 56 40, www.derek-jan.nl/marokko/
Have a safe trip