Morocco is a popular destination for motorcyclists, whether hoping to tour for just one day or for a number of weeks. The terrain changes constantly. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy long open roads, rocky mountain rides and the excitement of whipping along the dry, desert dunes. Whatever kind of trip you are hoping for, preparation is necessary.
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Things you need
- - Motorbike
- - Motorbike experience
- - Map
- - First aid kit
- - Puncture repair kit
- - List of motorbike tour organisations
- - Travel insurance
Decide whether you want to make the trip alone or as part of a group. Solo motorbike journeys on the open Moroccan road can be incredibly liberating, but there are a number of things that can go wrong on a motorcycle tour around Morocco. Less experienced motorcyclists might feel more comfortable travelling around as part of a group.
Investigate into the possibility of joining a group of motorcyclists who plan to tour Morocco with the help and support of a tour company. As well as being lots of fun and a great way of meeting people who love to ride, organised tours can make your Moroccan motorcycle tour experience a lot easier in many ways. The back up vehicle will carry your luggage, there’ll never be a shortage of water to hand and the idea of travelling for many weeks over long distances becomes less daunting.
Pack a puncture repair kit, a first aid kit and a map. Even if you have a GPS smart phone with a reliable map app that you like using, it’s really important to carry a paper map with you too. There might be times when your phone loses signal or when your battery dies and in these moments you will need to have a paper version as a backup.
Make sure you get covered with motorbike travel insurance before you leave. Road accidents are always a possibility and your health and safety is very important. If you are out on the road and you need someone to come and rescue you, the costs can be high without the right kind of cover.
Preparations and travel arrangements
Moroccan roads are forever improving. The majority of the main roads in Morocco are clean and open. They are well-maintained and usually constructed using tarmac. If you are hoping for an easy, fast motorcycle ride around Morocco, stick to the main roads and enjoy the feeling of the wind on your face. There are a number of well-constructed, tarmac roads which pass through the Atlas Mountains when leaving Marrakesh. They can provide a great starting point to your motorcycle, Moroccan adventure.
Test your motorcycling skills in the mountainous regions. Morocco is also a wonderful destination for motorcyclists who yearn for a more exciting ride over rocky terrain. Plan a route high up around the High Atlas Mountains if you want to see just how good your tire grip is and if you’re looking to fill your photo album with panoramic shots.
Plan a motorcycle tour through the desert region known as the Draa Valley if you want to feel the scorching heat of the sun on your back. The Draa Valley is made up of a number of amazing, fairly steep sand dunes. It can be a lot of fun when whipping around over these sand dunes on a motorbike. A good place to start would Ouarzazte, a small town located just 3 hours outside to the southeast of Marrakesh.
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Tips and warnings
- There are a number of motorcycle tours in Morocco which actually start from the UK. Travelling from the UK to Morocco with a group of motorcycle fanatics can add to the charm of your Moroccan motorcycle tour experience.
- Don’t carry lots of stuff. Try to keep your motorbike as light as possible for a much more enjoyable ride and to cut down on fuel consumption and petrol costs as a result. What’s more, those motorcyclists who carry lots of stuff (particularly when travelling alone) are more susceptible to theft on the road.
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