Sunday, 22 May 2011

Planning Get Together

Well the 4 of us got  together today to talk about the route and paperwork, we all brought our bikes that we are using for the trip to Bristol Harbour. We took a few photos and and a couple of video pieces talking about how excited we are for this once in a lifetime trip.

A quick reminder for you all to give me a donation at we are raising money for The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign who do wonderful things for people suffering from degenerative muscle disorders.

During the course of today we got our temporary vehicle import documents filled in so we can get our bikes into Morocco and made sure we all had the correct insurance.

The route we are taking sees us leave Bristol on the 17th June (less than 4 Weeks away) and ride to Dover catching and early ferry the following morning. We then have 1800 miles in the next three days to get Algeciras In Spain. We meet Paul en route as the big wet pants is getting the Santander Ferry.

The next day we cross the straights of Gibraltar and enter Morocco at Tanger Med port.and then make our way down to Midelt. It gets hard from there with very little tarmac until we arrive in Marrakech 7 days later. Having crossed my personal goals of The Todra and Dades Gorge then heading south to the Sahara by Zagora.
 We stop in Ouarzazate to deliver a package to Peter at Bikers Home. Then  north to Marrakech crossing one of the Highest passes in the atlas. From Marrakech we'll make the long trip back to Bristol.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Finishing Touches

In 6 weeks time myself and my 3 fellow adventurers will be well on our way to Morocco hopefully having crossed the Spanish border and close to setting up camp near Valladolid.

So today I spent some time in my garage fitting the last few finishing touches to the Harley Davidson MT350 that I shall be riding for the trip. The upgrades that I have done for this trip include:
Removing the air box and fitting a K&N air filter

 Some replica MT 500 pannier frames

A large fuel tank from a Yamaha XT 500

A stage one tune on the carburettor and a new chain & spocket kit.
Last month a friend helped me change the clutch and do an oil change
I have intsalled some brilliant Ridgid Industry spot lights (available from

A front mudguard support and kreiga US 5 dry pack for carrying tools, an electrical socket for power for my GPS, communication units and cameras and
finally a scotoiler to reduce wear on the chain.

The scotoiler was difficult to fit as it e=involved removing the inlet manifold and the silicon sealant to the manifold is setting as I type.

It's worth noting that as much as this is going to be a fantatastic adventure. I am rasing money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campagin. This is a charity that is funding research for the treatment of muscular dystrophies and improves the quality of life for those that suffer from them too. This week research funded by this charity has made a significant breakthrough in the fight against this disease.
TThe story can be veiwed here

Please help me raise as much money as I can for this brilliant charity please visit my just giving page