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Old 9 Sep 2022
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Based on my single experience with M2R, I would not go back.
A clapped out Tornado with problems from day 1 - but I suppose it did get me back.

Just as before, their website shows loads of stock photos of amazing machines.
But their actual gallery has the usual BMWs and maybe a few old Tornados.

I would ask to see a photo of the actual CRF250L they will rent you before taking it further. I tried this once with their AT and got no reply.

Could be wrong, but I don't believe anyone rents CRF 250Ls in Mk; the import hoops are too numerous for the huge cost. All they ever had were the as-good Tornados made in Latin America (police still use them). But the rentals are all over 10 years old now and they can no longer be imported.

For peace of mind I would sooner rent a more street oriented 310GS from Loc.
It is possible some of the places in southern Spain may rent a 250L - and not insist you join them on a tour. But I think we would have heard about it by now.
Big road bikes are more popular all round.
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Marrakech Roues?

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I rented a bike from Marrakesch Roues in Marrakech for 12 days on Christmas holidays.
I haven’t seen anyone other than guycassode258 talk about Marrakech Roues here, but I’ve been emailing with them about renting some Royal Enfield Himalayans for a 3 week trip. Quick response time and seemingly professional, so far so good, though I haven’t asked for proof of the bikes yet. I found them through Riderly then contacted them directly through their website before I discovered the info in this helpful thread. If we’re building a list that’s more than Loc and M2R, I’ll add that one, but can’t vouch for it yet. Anyone have experience with them and care to share? Guycassode258?

We also saw some Tornados available somewhere… can’t remember where, I will update once I find it again, but hoping they aren’t the last remaining of the 10+ year old dregs mentioned here.

Marrakech Roues is asking 70€ per day (after a 10€ per day discount for the extended rental) for the Enfields. Is that a good price? It’s about 400€ over the total for the Tornados but seems appropriate for the bike.

We love Royal Enfields after riding them in India, especially since I’m short and sick of tipping in front of the locals at every stop (can’t show my face in Colombia again after the Kawasaki Incident of 2017), but are they good for Morocco? I like a mix of off-road and paved, and in 3 weeks we could cover decent ground but will be more north-south, probably not farther east than Ouarzazate I think since we want to get as far south as possible. But who knows, I guess the bikes may help us make that decision.

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Had a quick look at the website but can't see any evidence of Himalayans. A few of Tornados there. Doubt they'll be any younger than the original ~2011 intake. Had anyone been available to import more (from South America) many would happily have done so.
I will be in Mk next week though won't have free time in Marrakech for another week or more. I may pop down and ask about the Hims (sourced from Turkey, afaik). 700dh seems in the ballpark for a Him.
I know that I'd sooner tool around backcountry Mk on a Him than a 310GS, providing it's been well looked after; a tall order with a rental after a year or two.

I had a great time there on my Him in 2019 all the way down to Western Sahara. That's the bike on the right on the cover of the current AMH.
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Marrekech Roues?

Thanks Chris, so great to get your opinions. Diving into your Overland blog as well.

D'oh - Marrakech Roues did actually provide proof of the Hims, without prompt - just noticed they attached a real (not stock) photo of a bike to their original email response to me. Looking further, they seem to have a good social media presence (on Facebook and Insta), and I'm seeing the Hims in action there too. Seems quite legit, though it would be great to hear from others who have had experience with them. I might have to be the one to report back on my own question after our trip in April.

Found the Tornados we saw. I think this is a different company, not Loc? Called Moto 2 Sahara Berbere. No idea of reputation, but continuing to grow this list.

We're far from signing an agreement yet, but a problem mentioned here is charges on return of the bike. Is any charge a concern, or just unreasonable charges? Not sure what to make of this. In other places I've toured, we bust up the bikes pretty good while off-roading, but we pay for the cost of any service needed on the road (which is usually very cheap), then because the bike has had half its parts replaced with new by the time we get back, they've never charged me extra. I don't want to get nickle-and-dimed at the end of a great trip, but I'm not sure if it seems reasonable to expect the upfront cost to be all-inclusive if we're rough on the bikes. What should we expect is warranted and what should we make sure is stated in the agreement?

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Yep, I see the Him, looks near new and well equipped.
There’s an XT250 there too (assume it’s a rental).
Nearly as good as a Tornado and a lower seat height for sure.
It's another South America built bike (or at least not sold in Europe)

In my experience as rentals pile on the miles they get less fussy about scratches.
Usually just broken mirrors when falling over parked.
But near new is a different thing. ‘Bust up the bikes pretty good’ is going to cost you ;-)
It’s not like India with an Enfield metal basher in every village.
You would be staggered to know what these bikes cost to import into Morocco - way more than we’d pay at home.
Best to ride within the bike’s limits.

Thanks for digging up these rental places.
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Hi All!

Just rented a BMW GS 310 from Loc2Roues BM Attitude in Marrakech for 10 days for 60 euros per day.

Bike was in good condition with new Mitas tyres, didn't have a single issue during the whole rental, except using my battery booster to start it after a chilly night in Atlas.

Noureddine was helpful and lent me a tubeless puncture kit.

The bike was really good on the twisty back roads, and performed well on the trails, where indeed it would be even better with a 21 inches front wheel and a lower 1st gear!

To carry stuff it comes with a small rear rack where I was able to strap a 20 kgs duffle bag + back pack on top.
I wasn't able to strap my crash bars luggages on the crash bars but I was able to strap 2 bottles holders on them.

All in all would really recommend that place for a rental!
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Hey again,

So Marrakech Rous was very responsive and gave proof of the Royal Enfield Hims, but I guess there was a communication breakdown since despite asking to confirm reservation multiple times, it didn't get locked down and now they've gone to someone else during our travel dates. Dang it.

I'm quite short and I don't want another trip of dropping a tall bike at every stop. The low riding Himalayan seemed ideal, and I had my heart set on it. They can't be the only company in Marrakech that has them, right?? Is there some way I can investigate this beyond googling? I'm sure there are plenty of rental places in town, just not all with a good internet presence.

If anyone knows of another bike common in-country that's good for very short riders, I'm open to suggestion. But if anyone will be there in the next couple months and can keep their eye out for Hims, I would find some way to thank you generously! I'm real bummed. I've got friend there, but he knows nothing about motorcycles.
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Sorry to hear the Him didn't work out.
This disconnect with comms is common here.

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They can't be the only company in Marrakech that has them, right??
I think they may be for the moment and googling will be the best way to find out.
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Thumbs up UPDATE: Still chasing the Enfield Hims

Thanks for the help, Chris. As luck (and persistence, and Google Translate) would have it, I was able to get the Hims reserved after all
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The 790s are alongside newer 890s now and they're getting more of them. These may be big bikes but at least on the 790 I saw, the wide seat looks really low for a bike of this type...

They're ditching the two 850GSs which have proved to be unreliable (camchain tensioner?); the more road oriented 750GS I tried one time is solid. So are the 1200/1250 boxers.

Loc have a new website, fyi. The old loc url redirects to:
https://bm-attitude.com/location-moto/
Belated response... The KTM 790 seat is height adjustable, so can be raised 2.5cm. I agree the BMW 750 is a cracking bike, I used the 650 twin predecessor for several trips in Morocco.

Interestingly, KTM has resurrected the 790 Adventure alongside the 890 range as a lower cost (£9,999) alternative to the 890 Adventure (£11,999) and 890 Adventure R (£13,299). The BMW F750 GS is currently £8,995 base price.
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Thanks for the help, Chris. As luck (and persistence, and Google Translate) would have it, I was able to get the Hims reserved after all
How long did you rent the HIM? At what price?
I've emailed Marrakech Rous for almost 3 weeks in december (today so no response yet)
I'm also looking at riderly.com but I have no experience with them.
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riderly.com is just a reseller of rental places that sign up to it, but you may find other Him rentals in Mk. I am sure I have seen Hims here last few weeks.

I just heard from an Italian chap: Maestro Lux Moto Agency in Marrakech does Hims for 800d/day

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riderly.com is just a reseller of rental places that sign up to it, but you may find other Him rentals in Mk. I am sure I have seen Hims here last few weeks.

I just heard from an Italian chap: Maestro Lux Moto Agency in Marrakech does Hims for 800d/day
Thanks!
Marrakech Rous responded with a Himalayan for €80,- per day. Since I want it for 3 weeks i searched a bit further.
I found and reserverd a Himalayan at tenereriders.com with a very attractive rental quote, more than 5 days : 50 €/day

Unless someone has really bad experiences with this rental company I'll tell how it was in 4 weeks.
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Thanks!
Marrakech Rous responded with a Himalayan for €80,- per day. Since I want it for 3 weeks i searched a bit further.
I found and reserverd a Himalayan at tenereriders.com with a very attractive rental quote, more than 5 days : 50 €/day

Unless someone has really bad experiences with this rental company I'll tell how it was in 4 weeks.
So I'm back after 3 weeks and 4500 kms of excellent tarmac and mind-blowing offroad pistes (thanks Chris!!)
I can only say that I will rent again at Tenere Riders! Aissam is very helpful, the bike is well maintained and equipped for exploring the country. Perfect communication (English, French, other...), unlimited mileage, smooth pickup and return without nasty surprises. Highly recommended!
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I've seen at least two Him's for rent at Tenere Riders but maybe he has more.
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