I'm heading down to Dakar solo next month on a 1200GSA. On the way I will do a few pistes in Morocco.
The reality is that any bike from a scooter to a Harley will do the trip to Dakar, it just depends on the difficulty of the pistes. Sandy pistes are difficult for heavy bikes or indeed ordinary bikes carrying a lot of luggage and petrol.
I haven't done the Mauritanian R2 piste and the others from Atar, but I know some on 1150GSAs who turned back on R2. OK they are extremely heavy bikes and were also carrying 20l of extra fuel and 20l of water, but the sand got them down. Riding on the gravel between the tracks wasn't viable due to the large number of metal shards.
Keeping to the tarmac through Mauri should be fine. The R1 coastal piste might be easier than R2 and I shall probably try that on the way back.
After many trips in Morocco I've decided to downsize from the 1200GSA. I was going to move back to a 1200GS but I have now decided to go lighter and have an F658 (the new twin-cylinder 800cc F650GS) on order. The F658 is about the same weight as the current F650GS and the forthcoming XT660 Ténéré.
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Last edited by Tim Cullis; 16 Dec 2007 at 22:03.