Timbuktu Tour
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 13:39

What's Included

What's Included


Description of the KTM Tour with 5 riding days.


The tour has 7 days in total.
Day 1. Arrival in the hotel in Ouarzazate.
Day 2. First tour day.
Day 6. Last tour day.
Day 7. Departure from Ouarzazate.

Area where we ride:
Ouarzazate, Nkob, Oum-Jrane, Zagora, Chegaga dunes, Foumzguid, Tazenakhte, Ouarzazate.
Total length of the tour is about 900km from which 95% off-road.

Tour is including:
5 days rental of KTM 450EXC or KTM 690R.
All fuel during the tour.
6 nights accommodation, 5x hotel, 1x bivouac in desert tents.
All days dinner breakfast lunch.
4x4 support follows the bikers on short distance via the same tracks.
In the support vehicle; luggage, tools, tubes, spare fuel, fridge.
Mineral water for your Camelbak's is free available from the 4x4 during the day.
Free transfers from Ouarzazate airport to the hotel in Ouarzazate and back.

Not included are:
Flight tickets, riding gear, drinks from hotels and beers from the 4x4's fridge.

Additional information:
1. Clients need to bring their credit card for the damage deposit; A bike-rental contract must be read and signed by each client, then a roll-off print will be made and signed at the start of the tour.
2. Client is responsable for the motorcycle during the rental period, damages occurred due to fall, crash, bike abuse, dent in rim, etc will be for the account of the client. The bikes will be checked for optical damages directly after the tour. Usual "battle scrathes" are no problem.
3. Clients need to bring and show us their valid motorcycle drivers licence A.
4. All bikes have third party insurrance.
5. Minimum number of participants is 4p
6. Renting a full set of riding gear is possible for 35 euro per day

Tour price:
1895 euro pp on KTM 450/690
1495 euro pp on Yamaha TTR
Join the tour in our 4x4. 995 euro pp

Published in Bikershome
Sunday, 26 January 2014 00:00

Desert Tour

Desert Tour


DESERT TOUR, 7 day arrangement with 5 days off-road riding.

This tour is highly recommended for enduro bikers who love desert riding. You will be respectfully provided a KTM 450 EXC off-road bike, excellent tool for this kind of work. Guiding is done by GPS on the handle bars, one GPS per 2 bikes. A detailed track on the GPS screen shows you exactly where to go. You’ll ride an average of 150 km’s per day from which 95% off-road.
The whole tour is accompanied by our fast 4x4 support vehicle; it’ll be there when you need it. We move as a group so nobody wanders off and we keep a comfortable distance between bikes and car. Too close means eating dust and too far might result in losing each other so keep an eye on the group. Logic.

Tour description:

At arrival in Ouarzazate we welcome you in our ***hotel where we have dinner at 20:00h. Accommodation during the tour is twin-share. If you prefer a single room let us know and we arrange it for you. Breakfast is at 8:00h and after that we pick up the KTM’s at our garage. Between 9:00h and 10:00h we’re on track heading south, crossing the 1500m high Jebel Bani mountain range. In a small village we spend the night in a mid-class hotel. It’s a traditional cozy place, hot showers, good food, with friends we know for many years. The next morning, after breakfast and filling up fuel we ride into the desert. Just outside the village smooth trails leads us south towards the Algerian border. Thanks to our 39 years of Morocco experience we avoid most of the stony tracks. We move straight over the flat plains of the dry Iriki Lake in order to reach the largest dune area of Morocco, Erg Chegaga. Here we find our way up to the highest dune top. Sand as far as the eye can see. That night we stay in a luxurious bivouac in Berber tents at the foot of the sand dunes. Next day we head east towards Mhamid for lunch and fuel in Tagounite. Afternoon we arrive at our ***star hotel in Zagora. Here we take time to relax beside the swimming pool enjoying a cool drink. After all, we are on holiday.
From Zagora we head north east to the Sahro mountains. Hotel for that night is a 150 year old Kasbah, all build from 1m thick clay walls. Also here we have a swimming pool at our disposal and delicious dinner in the garden.
The last riding day will be on 120km winding mountain tracks finalizing with a 40km road section back to Ouarzazate where we bring the bikes back to the Bikershome garage, give them a short damage check, and drive to the hotel.

Task of the 4x4 support truck:

As mentioned before, our 4×4 pick-up truck with mechanic follows the same track as the bikers. Assistance is therefore always close by.
A puncture will be repaired by our mechanic… your help is appreciated.
If case of a crash where medical care is required the rider is brought immediately to the nearest doctor/hospital.
On board the 4×4 service vehicle we carry: Fuel supplies, air-compressor, tubes, tires, spares, tools, fridge and your personal luggage. The amount and size of personal luggage you can take on tour is restricted to one (1) “ryanair-hand-luggage-sized” duffle bag. Your big riding-gear bag is kept safe in the first/last hotel.

Included are:

• 5 days rent of KTM 450EXC
• All fuel during the tour
• GPS on the handle bars with track information
• 4×4 service truck with mechanic follows the same track
• Drinking water during the ride
• All days dinner breakfast and lunch
• 5 nights hotels and 1 night Desert Bivouac
• Transfers between Ouarzazate Airport & Hotel
• In case of emergency: Repatriation to nearest doctor/hospital

Not included are:

• Airplane ticket
• Riding gear
• Drinks in hotels and beer from the 4x4 fridge

Group size: 4 to 6 persons
Price for this 7 day arrangement on KTM 450 EXC: 1895 euro pp
Price for this tour on your own KTM 450 or similar machine: 1195 euro pp

Note: Obligatory to have travel/health insurance that includes personal repatriation.

Additional information:

1. Tour can be partially or totally adapted to your personal preference.
2. At special request a guide on KTM can be in front. This brings extra costs of 250 euro per day, shared by all the group members.
3. A similar version of this Desert Tour goes on Yamaha TTR600E. In that case we skip riding in the dunes.
Price on Yamaha: 1495 euro pp.

E-Mail Peter now for more information or general advice: info@bikershome.net

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Published in Tours
Thursday, 23 January 2014 17:31

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks


(for those who travel by own transport)

Temporary import of vehicles / Border regulations

To enter Morocco with your vehicle you need to temporary import your vehicle. This can be done at the border in 15 minutes… but it always takes « a little » more time.
To make the border crossing go smoother you could hire one of the un-official helpers… the know the way and get things done others don’t.

Easier to do it at home via this website: http://www.douane.gov.ma/EDouane/vehicule.htm (D16ter)

Rule 2014 : Only one vehicle per person is admitted into the country

Formalities on the border

• Have your passport stamped by the Customs (Douane)
• Give your motorbike registration papers to the Police. They will hand you a green and a white paper. That’s your temporary import document. Don’t loose it…!
• Finally a check-up by the customs just before you enter the country.

Obligatory 3rd party motorbike insurance in Morocco

Only for those whose insurance does not cover Morocco…
Usually you can get vehicle insurance at the border. However, it can happen that the office of the insurance company on the border is closed.

No problem, AXA has offices all over Morocco where you can buy temporary insurance. AXA in Ouarzazate arranges all for you within 15 minutes and cost 65 euro for 10-day coverage.

Speed control by radar

Speed limitations in Morocco are 60km/h in cities (unless signs indicate different), 100km/h on the main roads outside towns and 120km/h on the highway. Especially at the entrance/exit of villages police can be waiting for you, armed with a speed gun. The fine for speeding is 400dh / 36 euro per violation, and 7000 dh when more than 50km/h too fast.
Option to solve it ‘as friends’ is many times possible…

Rules in Morocco considering stolen vehicles

Be careful to protect your bike or car from getting stolen during your holidays in Morocco because if it does the authorities will hold you responsible to pay import duty.
We know people who had to pay 8500 euro import tax for their 18 year old stolen Nissan Patrol. These victims tried to get help from their embassy but also they could do nothing about it.

You are on holiday and need to fly back home unexpected

A person who came in the counrty with a temporary imported vehicle is not allowed to leave the country without his/her vehicle. The customs at the border will not let you pass. Bikershome can arrange a permit with the customs in Ouarzazate which allows you to leave Morocco without your vehicle.
Costs per case is 800dh to seal the bikes and 200dh to undo the seals when you are back in Morocco to pick up the bike.
• This price inludes our mediation and driving to town both times.
• During your absence the bikes are parked safe in the Bikershome garage.
• Storage costs are 5 euro per day, per bike. For more than a month 4 euro per day.

Note: There is a 6-months-limit. This means that you must be back and with your vehicle out of the country before the 6 months limit is reached. The 6 months counting start on the day that you+vehicle entered the country.

How long can you stay in Morocco

As a tourist you are welcome to stay in Morocco for as long as you like.
One restriction; every 3 months you have to cross the border. There you exit-stamp your passport, walk around the office to the other side and entrée-stamp your passport. Ready… you can stay another 3 months.
Note: Only 6 months per year you can be in the country with a vehicle.

Email Peter if you have any questions info@bikershome.net

Published in Bikershome
Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00

Timbuktu Tour

Timbuktu Tour


From Malaga to Timbuktu and back in 30 days

The urge for adventure is in every one of us… we search the internet and read travel stories about faraway places with imaginary names as Timbuktu Dakar Dogon and Bandiagara. Picture yourself riding over endless desert planes… or through a green jungle… past small villages with African people… so now and then a river crossing… breath taking views from top of a mountain pass… freedom as far as the eye can reach.
Until now you were maybe wondering how to travel the region in a safe way… questions such as; “what if I get engine trouble” or “who comes for my recovery in case of a serious crash”?

Bikershome offers you 4×4 support all the way from Malaga to Timbuktu and back. Our support vehicle follows the motorcycle group on short distance. In case of an emergency (injuries, engine failure) assistance is immediately there, a rider can take place in the support vehicle and the motorcycle goes on the back of the pick-up truck.

On board of the support truck we carry an Engel fridge, 200L spare fuel-cans, water-cans, tire-compressor, tools, bike stand. Besides that, every member of the group has the possibility to put some spare luggage in the support vehicle. This is limited to a max of 10kg, confirming to the Ryanair hand-luggage rules.

What do you need to take care of:

A motorbike that you can handle on-road & off-road, you need further good travel condition, valid driver license, a passport with minimum 7 months validity, visas, documents for your bike, vaccinations, credit card and enough cash money to cover all personal expenses such as fuel, food, drinks, accommodation, bribes, etc.
Important is a positive attitude as things can change unexpected.

Timbuktu Tour

Route:

Malaga, Fes, Imilchil, Dades-Canyon, Ouarzazate, Tata, Assa, Hawza, Smara, Laayoune, Dakhla, Nouadhibou, Atar krater, Tidjikja, Kiffa, Ayoun el Atrous, Nema, Timbouctou, Niger river-crossing, Hombori, Mopti, Bandiagara, Dogon-Valley, Felou waterfalls, Bamako, Kayes, Nouakchot, Nouadhibou, Dakhla, Agadir, Ouarzazate, Malaga.
This trip is about 11.000km

Important note:

With 10 participants the tour goes… but:
The possibility to ride this epic tour fully depends on the political situation in the region.

Costs

Join this 11000km long adventure in 30 days from Ouarzazate to Malaga Timbuktu and back for the crazy low price of 950 euro pp.

Like to come along but you have no motorbike? There’s a seat for you in the 4x4 support vehicle.

For more info please contact Peter.

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Published in Tours
Thursday, 23 January 2014 17:11

Desert Atlantic Tour

Desert Atlantic Tour


Desert Atlantic Tour
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•  Looking for something special in the deep south of Morocco?
•  Off-road riding in remote areas? Camp out in nature? Swim in oasis?
•  Find fossilized sea animals in the desert? Visit 6000 years old rock paintings?
•  Ride your bike over 2500m high mountain passes, explore deep canyons?
•  Have a rewarding jump in the sea once we reached the Atlantic Ocean?

Then the Desert Atlantic Tour is exactly what you need.

13 days tour from which 11 days off-road riding with 1 day relaxing at the beach

Starting from Ouarzazate we follow the Draa River through the southern deserts of Morocco all the way to the Atlantic coast and back through the Siroua Mountains. With its total of over 1600km this is the longest off-road tour we offer in Morocco. Daily average of riding is between 100km and 200km per day, depending on the terrain. Due to the extreme heat this tour can not be done during the summer.

Motorbikes

Yamaha TT600Re with 42hp air-cooled engine, no electronics, easy electric starter. Guiding is done by GPS on the handle bars. Detailed track information on the screen shows you exactly where to go. All fuel is included. You can also choose to do the tour on KTM 450 EXC.

4×4 assistance truck

Depending on the group’s size one or two 4×4 service trucks follow the participants over the exact same tracks and carry on board: Mechanic/tour leader, fridge with coke and beer, fridge with food, your personal luggage, 180 litre petrol, spare-parts, tools, tyres, tubes, 12 volt compressor, water, tents, sleeping bags, inner sheets, mattresses, cooking materials, etc

Dinner Breakfast Lunch

We buy fresh vegetables and meat during the day in local villages. Where possible we have lunch in small restaurants along the track. On other places we enjoy a picnic lunch under the shade of a tree. Dinner is prepared “en group” that means we all give a hand, also with cleaning the dishes.

Bivouac

You have the benefit of our 40 years Morocco experience. Our wild-camps are carefully chosen spots next to a well or near a spring. On 2 bivouac locations we camp beside a natural pool in the desert. Both great places for a refreshing swim after a dusty ride. You’ll be provided with a Decathlon “2-seconds” tent. Easy to put up, throw it in the air and your room is there! For a comfortable night we have self-inflating mattresses. Sleeping bags with proper clean inner sheets keep you warm at night. In the morning we break up camp and after a group-prepared breakfast we head out further into the desert.

Campfire

During the day the guys in the 4×4 collect wood for the evening campfire. We all have a good time sitting together around the fire, enjoying a cold beer or coke, talking about the days ride and staring at the stars… This beats any hotel.

Hotels

We spend 4 nights in hotels. There we find all the comfort; hot showers, dinner at a table, drinks from the bar, a real bed to sleep in, etc.

Group size

4 to 6 persons

Included are

•  11 days rent of motor cycle
•  GPS on the handle bars with detailed track information
•  All fuel during the Tour
•  4×4 service truck with mechanic follows the same track
•  All luggage, spare fuel, tools, tubes, bivouac materials etc are transported by the 4x4
•  Bottled water and energy bars are provided free during the days ride
•  12 nights accommodation in bivouacs and hotels
•  All day dinner breakfast lunch
•  Transfers from and to Ouarzazate Airport

Not included are

• Drinks in hotels and beer from the 4x4 fridge
• Riding gear
• Airplane ticket

Price for this 13 day arrangement

13-day Desert Atlantic Tour with 11 riding days on Yamaha TTR for 3250 euro pp.
13-day Desert Atlantic Tour with 11 riding days on KTM 450 EXC for 3950 euro pp.
Start and finish is in Ouarzazate. Total length of this trip is 1600km.

E-Mail him now for more information or general advice: info@bikershome.net

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Published in Tours
Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:34

About Us

Peter Buitelaar

Vehicles used during his tours: Nissan King-Cab, Toyota Hi-lux, Unimog 1300, Daf 4440 dutch-army-truck, Yamaha XT600 en BMW R100GS type “paris-dakar”, Mahindra Scorpio pick-up, Toyota Landcruiser BJ45, HJ45, HJ61, HZJ80 and now a Toyota Landcruiser KXR special edition.

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