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CB500X - Sahara Desert Adventure!
« on: October 15, 2017, 02:54:53 PM »
While I'm usually the one galavanting around somewhere sunny and hot on a LEVEL 3 bike, while John is stuck in the factory... this time it's me who's stuck behind a desk while he is taking a well-earned break - 10 days in Morocco onboard the UK demo bike.

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photo. John is taking part in a marathon group adventure ride from the UK to the Sahara and back, led by UK Dakar racer: Chris (Corky) Cork.


Some riders short of time are having their bikes transported to southern Spain, but John and a few others are of course riding the whole way there and back - John on the current RRP LEVEL 3 demo bike, while everyone else is on a selection of KTMs - there are 5 690 Enduros in various states of ADV modification (including Jeff Webster's very tasty rally bike with a full RRP EVO 2 kit), a KTM 950 Adventure, and a KTM 350 EXC - so that's a solitary CB amongst a sea of orange.

How the CB stacks up against this formidable assembly we'll have to wait and see - although I'm confident there will be some chunks humble pie being eaten along with tagine and cous cous by our Mattighofen cousins over the coming week or so - if only based on John's Simpson Desert excursion a couple of years back ;o)

So for now I'll leave you with a few photos that John forwarded of the bike prep and ride down to southern Spain - I understand they are catching the ferry to Morocco first thing in the morning (Saturday 14th):

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photo. early start for the ferry from the UK to northern Spain.


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photo. Sunshine... I remember that.

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photo. morning of day 2 - Corky tries the CB for size - he'll be riding his monster KTM 950 Adventure based Rally bike.

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photo. The RRP demo bike is fitted with the latest hydraulic preload adjuster option for the rear shock. Makes adjusting the rear end a breeze when laden with luggage.

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photo. John is trialling a new set of soft luggage - these 'Touratech' panniers are made by Ortlieb, and quick-release onto dedicated mounts, which are in-turn attached to the regular Rally Raid soft-luggage racks.

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photo. since they are not planning on camping (at least with their own gear) this trip, the Ortlieb panniers can carry all the tools, spares* and personal effects needed for this 10 day trip into the desert and back...

*note. the only spares John has brought with him are actually those needed to keep the KTMs running - typically fuel pumps and filters - much as was the case with his Australian Simpson Desert trip ;o)

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photo. John showing his rally-bike prep experience. Paint markings on bolts that can potentially come loose, for a quick daily-check.


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photo. similarly, lock-wiring the oil filler plug - not that it's particularly vulnerable to coming loose, but you never know - and it stops anyone stealing it (or those KTM riders playing nasty tricks on him ;o)

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photo. another trick that John uses on his race bikes, is to zip tie the axle spanners in position on their respective nuts - again, not strictly necessary on an ADV ride, but why not?

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photo. stowing the main axle spanner on the bike means it's quick to make any chain adjustments without removing the seat or your luggage for example.


Stand by for more updates as and when I get them!

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Re: CB500X - Sahara Desert Adventure!
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2017, 02:58:44 PM »
A quick update from our man in Morocco, and the Orange entourage...

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photo. After a long (520km) ride into the night, all the riders rendezvous in Midelt, and the following morning prep their bikes for the desert...

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photo. Jeff Webster - who originally left the UK with John for the ferry - only to find he's brought his wife's passport by mistake! Jeff returned home, picked up his passport and played catch-up with the rest of the crew driving his pick-up (with bike loaded in the back) to southern Spain, in the nick of time!

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photo. The KTM 690 [Enduro] would appear to be the dual-sport bike of choice for this trip...


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photo. John's Baja Rally 690 has been rented to a customer - Gary Beaumont from Australia who flew in to join the adventure.

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photo. Ride-leader Chris 'Corky' Cork's 950 Rally bike, resplendent in brand new graphics (he'll be campaigning this bike in the Africa Eco Race next January... the mentalist!)

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photo. The CB500X is no longer the odd-man-out... Joining the team in Morocco is this CCM GP450.

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photo. You meet then nicest people on a Honda...

More soon, once they hit the dunes!

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Re: CB500X - Sahara Desert Adventure!
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2017, 05:23:19 PM »
 Cant wait for the updates.

I exchanged notes with the guy who bought my CB and he has been blown away by how capable it is.
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Re: CB500X - Sahara Desert Adventure!
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2017, 10:59:16 PM »

One of the reasons I bought the Cb500X and RR Level 3 was for my next trip from London to the Sahara in April.   I am in love with the Tiz' n Test having ridden it three times now and can not wait to try it with the CB.

Reading with great interest.

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Re: CB500X - Sahara Desert Adventure!
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2017, 12:55:02 PM »
A few more Morocco photos from John...

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photo. The final piece of the puzzle arrives... Roger Hawkins had ridden his 690 down from Portugal, after a 'tech' issue en route, he was finally united with the rest of the team.


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photo. Jeff with his Rally Raid KTM 690 EVO2 Rally bike (which he also raced in the Baja Rally last year), and John's CB500X Adventure... seemingly parked on a hotel roof?!

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photo. So far the CB has been an exemplary travelling companion.

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photo. The Tuareg Rallye Orga have been on a recent reccy here too - the Tuareg Rallye is typically held in Morocco each March.

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photo. John and Jeff commandeer a local trike as their new support vehicle!

The team are currently heading south for the big dunes in Merzouga... more photos as soon as I have them!

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Re: CB500X - Sahara Desert Adventure!
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2017, 04:45:08 PM »
John hitting the dunes in Morocco - near the Algerian border.

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Re: CB500X - Sahara Desert Adventure!
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2017, 09:26:41 PM »
John has been out and about in southern Morocco today - riding some of the old Tuareg Rallye and Dakar routes...

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photo. and even bumped into old rallying-chum and Dakar racer Tina Meier, leading one of her >>>> link hidden <<<<
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*Make sure you spell that correctly, otherwise who knows what you might find - especially with a German web address ;o)


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