Here is the challenge in packing for the upcoming Morocco moto trip: each of us needs to bring our own riding gear (helmet, boots, pants, etc), plus whatever casual clothing to get us through 8 days of riding and seeing the sites. We will be riding rented Husqvarna enduro bikes, with a support truck carrying gear for us, but only limited to what can fit in a 40 liter Ortlieb dry bag (so says the tour company). My solution is this Base Camp Duffle bag from The North Face (full disclosure: that’s an affiliate link, in case you decide you might want to buy one). This is the XL size. Fully stuffed, this bag will hold over 120 liters capacity, but when empty, it folds nice and flat. It has backpack straps to help me get all my shiz through the airport. Since my riding gear will be the bulkiest items I take with me, once I get there and have my riding gear on, this duffle and all my remaining items should fit no problem inside of a 40 liter bag. That’s my plan. I’m thinking I could have gone for the Large size which holds 90 liters, but erred on the side of gigantic. What would you do for a trip like this?
The simple answer, of course, is to sell your BMW F800 GS and buy a new KTM 990 R. Or at least that’s what Bart says. Seriously, that ain’t going to happen right now. I’ve had some issues with the performance of my F800 GS in the rough stuff. The issues are, it just doesn’t perform the way my previous KTM 640 Adventure did, understandably so, as they are totally different bikes. Lately, I’ve been combing the intrawebs for possible solutions. On ADVrider, there is an extensive thread about the mythic Bitubo fork cartridges, imported from Italy. There’s one guy who actually has them, swears by them, but he does most of his riding in Staten Island. Fuck sake, lads. I need a better endorsement than that before I run out and chuck a bunch a dough at new cartridges. First step is to get my damn fork seals replaced, not something I planned on doing at 6,000 miles. But my bike has been to hell and back. I’m thinking about doing the Hyperpro progressive spring upgrade front and rear. Anybody out there with some advice or experience in this matter?
If the soreness in my arm from the first of three Twinrix shots is any indication, our trip to Morocco is getting closer to being reality. Dave has his Morocco map pinned up on his garage wall, somewhere above the KLR. I am starting to brush up on what little french I absorbed and subsequently lost while bicycle racing in France in the early 90′s. It’s still winter here in northern Utah, so not much motorcycle riding has been done. I’m hoping to get at least one weekender down south before packing the bags.
Words I’ve Heard
"I'm not a businessman. I'm a business, man." --Jay-Z
"The only thing keeping us from going is leaving." --Ewan Mcgregor
"Adventures suck, when you're having them." -- Anonymous Rally Car Driver
"It is, absolutely, without question, unequivocally, about the bike. Anyone who says otherwise is obviously a twatwaffle."--RULE #4, Velominati.com
"Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake."--W.C. Fields
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