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Which Bike?Comments and Questions on what is the best bike for YOU, for YOUR trip. Note that we believe that ANY bike will do, so please remember that it's all down to PERSONAL OPINION. Technical Questions for all brands go in their own forum.
I'm currently working in Morocco. Staying in Tarfaya, It looks like I will be here until next summer, anytime from May until August.
I need some advice on which bike to buy.
I might be driving a van back to Ireland(home) for the Christmas holidays, therefore i might be driving said van back to Morocco, in which case i would put a bike in the back of the van and bring it into Morocco that way.
If i do it like this i was thinking of bringing a motocross bike like a CRF450 Honda, to play in the dunes with. I have a pick up that i could move the bike around in so it would'nt need to be road registered.
That's one option.
If I'm not driving a van back to Morocco from Ireland, the other option is to buy an enduro bike like a Honda XR650R(road registered) put a high capacity fuel tank on it and ride it out to Morocco, if i do this I'll only be able to keep the bike in the country for 6 months at a time or pay the customs duty and permanently import it.
Or I could buy a bike in Morocco.
I want a bike i can ride hard off road for sure, but if I had a bike I could ride on road and travel around the country on I think it would be fun also.
So It's either an offroad bike(CRF450 etc) or an offroad biased road registered bike(Yamaha WR450/Honnda XR650R etc).
I know i have to weigh up the pros and cons of each choice and ultimately make the choice myself.
Insurance, for a road registerd bike
If anyone can give me any advice on which bike/s i should be looking at and any other advice in general it would be very much apprieciated.
Annoyingly most riders only ever seem to recommend the bike they currently own or bikes they have owned in the past. Although it's always helpful to know about a particular bike, it's NOT helpful to ignore all other bikes which may tick the boxes.
In my humble opinion there is ONE modern (current) bike which stands out in the sand -
Yamaha XT660 Tenere.
It ticks all the boxes for a trip to North Africa.
Just look at the XT legend and the pedigree of all older XT models.
Another possibility is KTM but in my (humble) opinion they are over-expensive for what they do and are too highly strung (over-complicated) and expensive to fix. But if money isn't a concern, they do tick all the boxes. They certainly have a huge following here on the HUBB.
But like I said, The Yamaha XT660 Tenere makes ultimate sense for a trip of this kind.
What about the little Suzuki DRZ400? Another excellent off-roader with a huge following here on the HUBB. It performs well in the sand.
The Yamaha is good enough to ride all the way down from the UK. It will cruise all day at 70 MPH. The DRZ400 will struggle a bit at motorway speeds though.
Dunes are fun indeed, they call for HP at the wheel, lightweight and water-cooling. In the desert you need to inflate/deflate tires and need to carry a small compressor or air pump, water and some tools as well, so you need basic carrying capacity.
For the budget you have you can find a good second hand 640 Adv and still have money for installing Michelin Desert or Dunlop 908RR tires, heavy duty tubes and new chain and sprockets before entering the country. It's a no brainer for me, that bike is hard to beat in the desert, including for playing on dunes. Other japanese bikes either lack HP, or are just so heavy that you'll hate yourself digging it out of sand.
Why buy in Ireland or UK? Very expensive.
I think you may find more choice and find better prices in Spain. Also, IIRC, Spanish registered bikes may have a "special" deal with Morocco regards temp. import, not sure on this.
I've been to Spain a couple times, traveling around for a month on each trip.
Spain has easily 5 times the number of bikes Ireland or UK do. It's a BIG deal there. Yes, mostly scooters but lots of all kinds of bikes there. Look around, ask in a few shops.
Since you're not looking for a RTW Overlander type bike, you have lots of choice for a good enduro. All the Japanese dealers are represented in Spain plus a couple good Spanish made bikes and even the Euro brands are there too. Some Japanese bikes are made in Spain ... forgotten which now, but several I remember from Honda and Suzuki are "assembled" in Spain.
I believe a decent KTM may go above your price limit ... but certainly good bikes. I'd look around for a nice XR250R or XR400R, a DRZ400(E) Suzuki would be nice too. Other affordable options: XT600, XR650R (or L version).
Take a few days in Spain, shop around, or use the net to have a look at local adverts.
i would go with a drz,youl get a great buy for 2000euro if you look,but your going to need minor mods.Its water cooled,light,reliable and economical,throw a safari tank on,18lt will be fine + a rear rack for gear and off you go,i would think an xt might be a tad heavy for sand if your a newbie to desert riding,its around 180kg wet but drop another 30kg or more for a drz and youl have a ball of fun minus the anxieties of breaking down or getting bogged in 50 degrees of heat on your own,bare in mind riding in the desert can get you killed from heat exhaustion pretty quickly,dont be a fool and get stranded or lost,do some research before you get too adventurous.
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