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Moroccan Shopping List

This April I shall be heading off on an offroad adventure in Morocco. This isn’t your average off-the-shelf adventure tour where 90% of the riding is on the black stuff. This tour is a bespoke tour being organised by Trailmasters. Within an hour of entering Morocco we’ll be hitting the trails and that’s where we’ll stay for most of the trip.

As I have a basically standard R1200GS, I have to do some shopping to make sure my bike is ready for the challenge, so I’m adding protection, replacing warn parts and making sure I’ve got all the tools to do running repairs on the road. Then I’ve got to make sure that the gear I’m wearing is comfortable and provides adequate protection. We could be riding in sub-zero temperature and snow in the Atlas mountains up to 30+ in the desert around Zagora and Erg Chebbi.

Of course, getting there and getting back is only half the story. I also want to be able to share the story with others. And that means having some gadgets to be able to record it.

So here’s my shopping list:

  • Gadgets:
    • Garmin Rino 530HCx GPS
    • Contour GPS Camera + Mounts + Batteries : Contour-HD
    • GPS Mount : AltRider

The above is only the list of items that I’m specifically buying for this trip. I also have a long list of other items that I’ve already purchased for off-roading around Guernsey: body armour, boots, helmet.

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Adrian Ritchie

Aidy has been riding motorbikes since just after he left university in 2003. His first bike was a 1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 bought for £1000. His second bike was a Suzuki GSF600 Bandit, bought for his adventure to Norway in 2005. Two years later he sold the Bandit to Shane (for him to learn on) and upgrade to a BMW R1200GS... which was promptly trashed one month later by a SMIDSY. Having had the R1200GS repaired, Aidy has spent the next three years giving it a damn good thrashing off-road. 2011 saw the R1200GS take to the remote tracks and desert pistes of Morocco... it managed to keep up with the 650 enduro bikes that make up the rest of the group and made it back to Guernsey in (mostly) one piece. In January 2012, he traded in the R1200GS for a new R1200GS Adventure, planning to use the Pegaso 650 for off-road racing. However, the lure of smaller enduro bikes proved too strong and in April 2012 purchased a BMS G450X