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Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego – some of the most sought after destinations in the world

Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, beside harboring some of the most exquisite natural gems of our planet’ Like the Torres del Paine national park in Chile and the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina, fires up adventurers imagination for it being literally the road to ‘The End of The World’.

IMAGE-PATAGONIA-4.jpgTAMARBIKES on the road to the end of the world – the Carratera Austral

South means cold

The TAMARBIKES Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego Adventure begins in Osorno Chile, 40 degrees south and runs all the way down to Ushuaia Argentina, that at 54 degree south is the most southern city on earth! these facts coupled dictate both somewhat extreme weather conditions year round, and a very limited season of about 3 and half months – November to March, the summer of the southern hemisphere.

23-1.pngThe mandatory group picture with the Fin del Mundo sign in Ushuaia harbor

No hotels no bike no guides

You can always, bring your bike and camp our in some time sub zero temperatures, however if you are not the extreme adventurer and you expect to mitigate risks and have some comfort at the end of day you should book month if not a year in advance.

As an established tour operator in this territory we book well in advance offering you now the unique opportunity to have a full motorcycle experience to the end of the world in just over 6 weeks. There are only 2 seats left so hurry.

For more info about this tour and booking information go to the tour page

Don’t miss it!

3-1.pngRain and strong winds not uncommon for the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago


The Invitation

I was a warm summer afternoon a few weeks back when I received a call from the Yamaha Israel sales manager Yotam. “Have you heard of the Niken?” he asked. “Sure” I said “why?” “Well we’re launching it in Israel and we wanted you to come do a test ride tell us what you think.” Truth be said I had never ridden a trike before let alone a sports trike, so I jumped at the opportunity. someone also mentioned a free lunch so who could resist.

4.pngThe growling beast

Off to the mountains

on the designated sunny afternoon I set off towards Jerusalem. Its a cool 120km, from my office in the north of Israel, but my Super Tenere just loves when clock the long hauls on it so no sweat. Almost. I arrived at the Cramim (vineyards in Hebrew) Hotel around 14:00 which was the designated time for our 30 minute ride on it. A refreshment, some signatures, a short briefing (It’s a MT-09 with 2 wheels in the front) , and we’re off.

7.pngWelcome to the Cramim Hotel

The Ride

I through my leg over, straitened it off the stand – you need to hold it like a bike – and took a look at the dashboard. It’s huge, wide, and very plush, giving you a sense of something very expensive and luxurious. Nice displays, a  good on-board computer all the functionality you can hope for and the Yamaha 900 triple growling from underneath.

2.pngThe Niken Cockpit

Every thing is very much Mt-09 in its feeling as we launch off, and I’m waiting to get going so that I can see what this funny front end is really about. After a few curves the Niken feels positively easy and I am finding it very conventional in its behavior.  Once we are on the High way its sure footedness comes in handy and acceleration is smooth as it is rapid. Its only a short ride on the Highway when we break off to the mountain twisty lanes. Here few things become apparent: The extra rubber can be used for running extra speed into corners, which otherwise we may have not taken. Here is where things get a little interesting, While grip is better through corners, counter steering is less pronounced (due to the smaller wheels probably) which in turn causes you to turn with the need for a more sure kind of a shove to the handlebars. Another dynamic phenomenon I found is the ability of the Niken to hold a line in a corner and react to throttle changes. I felt I needed to hold the bar to keep the line unlike MY Super Tenere where once a I’ve set the lean it will hold the line as long as you hold the throttle at its current position.

Riding back

3.pngWhat a head turner 3 Nikens

Riding back we try the grip at a hard stop and get excellent results including a dual ABS up front, I also ride over road bumps at a relatively high speed and got great results in terms of damping the bumps.we head back to the hotel for another drink, a very good finger-food lunch, and some motorcycling mingling and talk over this new innovative motorcycle.

6.pngBeautiful surroundings for a motorcycle launch.

So what the hell is it?

Well if its not a bird and its not a plane then it must be superman. This is something new, refreshing, out of box. Just as we like it. It seems less demanding than a motorcycle. this may be a call for heavy scooters to take the next step toward motorcycling through the Niken. The luxury ad comfort it brings with it and the extra grip, may also appeal to the end of the road cyclist, an extend his riding days for another 5 years that maybe without the Niken would not hold. Last but not least if you are a scooter man and want something like it but manual and very powerful maybe this could be it. All in all its a brilliant piece of machinery that only time will tell if it will cut itself a little niche of the motorcycle market.

5.pngThe Niken innovative front

Way to go Yamaha.

Eytan Magen is the CEO of TAMARBIKES ( the leading boutique motorcycle touring company, with tours world wide. Eytan is an entrepreneur and an adventure riding with thousands of miles on all 5 continents.

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1-1.pngTour map and Logo

23.pngThe Expedition at the Ushuaia port famous landmark


When we started TAMARBIKES, 4 years ago, it was one of our life’s dreams to reach South America, and especially, Ushuaia the most southern city on earth. Consequently, when I finally reached with our first Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego Adventure, it was a threefold success for us: 1. We had reached the End of the earth Ushuaia and made one dream come true; 2. We came leading a tour with 8 other riders, making us one of the few touring companies that go to the end of the earth, and; 3. This was also the end to a year where we were on 4 continents in one year Asia (Himalaya Adventure). Europe, Africa (Africa Expedition & Morocco, and South America.

19-1.pngThe armada on its way south

15-1.pngOsorno – 1000Km south of Santiago de chile


Our tour begins in Osorno Chile, a medium sized town in the middle of the agricultural hub of Chile. “They sell here milk and meat”, told me our driver on the way from the Airport into town we see cows laying in the meadows all very beautiful well kept and cared for with a very strong feeling of France or Switzerland, but on second look it is more beautiful. Its spring time here the air is crisp, and the back drop is snow-capped volcanoes all around and tomorrow pristine alpine lakes of amazing beauty. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Arrival day is always about welcome, getting acquainted, having a first briefing and having the traditional welcome festive dinner and off to an early night to sleep away the Jet lag. And get ready to the long and challenging ride to el Fin del Mundo.

25-1.pngBriefings and Instructions – Making a perfect tour better.

11-1.pngOn the way to Bariloche

Leg 1 – The lake district

Our first days of the tour are relatively easy we cross to Argentina and back to Chile the next day and roll round some breathtaking views some great asphalt as well as a little gravel to make thing interesting. Rumbling rivers amazing flowers lakes and Bariloche the St Moritz of Argentina all make for a fabulous warm up for the road ahead. We still don know what the fuss was about as things are still easy and we are all still very fresh on the bikes.

9-1.pngThe Lake district

13-1.pngThe colors on the way down

Leg 2 – The Carratera Austral

Day 4 begins with a roll down from Futalefu through the mountains down towards our second chapter – the Carratera Austral – This Mega project of the Generalissimo Pinochet the head of the military Coup that headed a military regime over Chile during the 70 and 80s. For many years there was no real land connection between central Chile and the southern region of Patagonia which is very lightly populated. Transportation was based on a 3-day ferry ride up to Poerto Montt, or simply crossing to Argentina and riding up the Quarenta, Highway 40 that crosses Argentina from north to south.

20-1.pngTha Carratera Austral

The Carratera Austral is still not paved its full length so you can find yourself winding through tricky curves climbing steep inclines on gravel. If you happen to hit some rain, which is not unlikely, you may be riding on some tricky muddy or slippery surfaces so bare this in mind. As we work our way south, villages become smaller and more picturesque. We find German villages (Puyuhapy), and beside one regional town of Coyhaique, its wilderness and small villages right the way down. The Chileans call HW 7, The Caraterra Austral the road to the end of the world however it only reaches the end of the Chilean world. We however will take this task a little more seriously when we cross to Argentina for our third Leg across the planes of Argentina through its Estancias and very long roads (1 specific one – AR40) continuing our voyage southbound.

26-1.pngA selfie over the valley with the guys

10-1.pngAmazing riding

Leg 3 – Glaciers and granite massifs.

We start the third Leg of our ride when we leave the Carratera Austral and cross over to Argentina once again. The remainder of the day and the next day are all about getting some serious miles under our belt and we are going to break for the night at a genuine Estancia (farm house) where the gauchos (Cowboys) will prepare for us a real Argentinian BBQ. Food is fabulous, we drink ourselves silly with local beer and wine and were off to our beds which are in large rooms of a number of beds (3-4) in each for a cozy but intensive sleep after a long ride. Next day we are on our way to El Calafate, The Mecca of trekkers and our rest day destination.

6-1.pngThe Perito Moreno

El Calafate is a typical trekkers town with lots of hotels of all levels, god restaurants if you know where to go, a souvenirs market, and much more. We rest get some laundry arranged for all – after 9 days – and get ready for the Perito Moreno – the famous collapsing glacier that keeps this town alive among others. The well-known trek of Mt Fitz Roy is also less than a day’s ride away as well as our next stop. We opt for a van instead of riding the next morning leaving the bikes behind which is a good decision. It’s a short ride to the Glacier and then a couple of hours of the best nature scenery and photography and areal show by mother nature crackling and collapsing into the lake with a thundering roll ever so often. Amazing!

14-1.pngAR40 – Highway 40 longest national road on earth

Next day we are back on the bikes and heading to, yet another top of the world nature reserves this time on the Chilean side. Torres del Paine is undoubtedly one of the most amazing nature reserves in the world. It built for trekking and also has a Luxury flare to it with in park luxury hotels however we are riding through it. A prehistoric giant bear, and the huge and magnificent granite mountains creating a postcard like picture from almost any lookout you stop to take in the view. It’s a great easy gravel riding and a fabulous way to get some of the best nature pictures possible.

30-1.pngRelaxing at the end of a long riding days – Smiles included

21-1.pngOn the shores of Tierra del Fuego

Leg 4 – Tierra-del-Fuego and Fin-del-Mundo

This is our Final Leg. It will take us 2 days to reach Ushuaia as we stop in Cerro Sombrero before we cross again to Argentina. This allows for some time for the ferry over the Magellan straits, something which can be tricky, and very prone to weather and tides, as we would find out the hard ways on our way back. So, we ride by the turnoff to the southern port of Puerto Natales on our way to the Tierra del Fuego Island. The ferry is bumpy but it’s a 15 minute run across these straits at their slimmest part of the “waist” and then another hour to the Cerro Sombrero village and Hotel.

2-1.pngThe mandatory Photo-Op at the gates of Ushuaia

Nest day its an early start and we are on our way to the end of the earth. When the wind picks up we find ourselves riding at ridiculous angels while riding in a straight line. However, once we get the hang of it its actually fun. Another challenging situation we get to master on this tour. Ushuaia welcomes us with its famous gates 2 columns bearing the name of the city which creates a photo op and an opportunity to hug and pat each other’s egos for a job well done. Tomorrow is a day for rest and reflection, some excursions are available to us too. We take the last morning in Ushuaia to really hit h end of AR3 right to the end of the road and tour around the Tierra del Fuego national park. Then its off back north we will stay at Rio Grande tonight just to break the ride and Finish in Punta Arenas the next day.

5-1.pngFerry across the Magellan straits

The mandatory photo-op at the entrance to Ushuaia

4-1.pngGetting packed at the end of the ride

Departures and goodbyes

The Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego adventure brings with it a real sense of accomplishment. Reaching the most southern city on earth is considered by many an adventurer a ‘must do’ for their adventure list. For my first time it was as exciting as imagined it would be. I’m going to hazard a guess that coming back this year will be different. However this ride is certainly up there with my very favorites in the world. The Patagonia Adventure encompasses so much of what we love about Adventure riding.
Don’t miss out on it.

22-1.pngThe end of the Pan American Highway 17,848 Km from Alaska

Always Ride safe


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By Eytan Magen – Managing Director of TAMAR Mediterranean Mototours ltd.

For an SMB paving it way in the oceans of international motorcycle touring marketing this question has been out hovering out there since day one. While branding, reputation and client awareness take time and money, finding the right established partners can be for some, the difference between survival or even success, and failure.

While ‘on Line’ has clear and apparent advantages to a young touring SMB. It is at a very low ticket to create your initial presence and have to potential to reach the full potential of the market worldwide. You can create a maintain an image with limited resources.  And you can build a niche business without being afraid of lack of potential clients.

Alternatively, referrals from tour agents can give you the much-needed credibility and professional image once you have convinced the agent of your ability to provide quality dependable services. However, the remains the need to convince such agent of such abilities a task that may be a hard task if the agent is doing his job properly.

While contemplating these dilemmas I am wondering if this is not the real challenge that travel agents are facing these days. Where can they find their added value to remain relevant for both tour providers and tourists alike in a ever diminishing market being dominated by online.

Over the years I have found that the smaller the niche the less likely you are to find a specialized agent able to properly address your niche market. The agent tries to cater to the largest clientele he can acquire and thus does not target inherently specific specialized niches. Moreover, selling a niche product requires expertise and understanding of the activity in order to sell its intricacies.

Going back to motorcycle guided tours and adventures I have that there very few agencies who have branded themselves and tat have the ability to send Motorcycle guided tours. These are usually the exception and not the general rule and many a time they will become an agent for one of the large companies in the market forgoing the ability to work with any other company.

Lately a new kind of player is arising in these touring products marketing arenas. Portals, or online agencies that pride themselves about working with everyone. These “online agencies” attract on line traffic that enables them to come up high or first on search engines and thus by cooperating with them a niche touring SMB can bring himself to the front of the line with a commission-based fee only. However, you are packed I with the crowd, so it will be hard to impossible to rise above unless you are paying to be promoted.  Another issue is that the “big boys” don’t use these portals thus you will be branded small fish by the mere registration to one of these portals.

There are 3 important conclusions I would like to stress: 1. New SMB while may use agencies or portals as the case may be on there way to establishment, must consider on line marketing as a core competence of their business and rapidly develop their own digital assets and image on the way to success; 2. Travel agencies who have been losing ground to the digital marketing arena must develop specialties and focused markets where there marketing power and prestige is an asset for SMB touring companies either in their initial stages or even further on when a relation has been established and the agent can create volume for the SMB; 3. There is a new kind of travel agency on the horizon – the specialized focused portal. If you are an agency at war with declining business maybe this is your solution for survival.

The writer is a manger and an entrepreneur the founder of TAMARBIKES a leading boutique motorcycle touring company and the pioneer of motorcycle touring In Israel.


An Israel Classic on demand

Going on tour in your home country Israel is always a treat for us, so naturally when Carlos my pal called to say he wanted to do a pre-tour run I was more than happy to accommodate him. Carlos only has 4 days for us to do a 9-day Israel Classic tour but a he agrees, we will cram things in. So, we set a course that will take in most of the major attractions knowing we may need to leave some out on the way, but for sure will have some very long days.

17.pngPre-Tour Planning

Carlos came through the southern border crossing between Aqaba and Eilat. This is the southernmost tip of Israel, so I had to get down there to meet him with 2 bikes. The TAMARBIKES Logistics took care of the new 2018 Matt Black Super Tenere XT1200ZE for Carlos and it was trucked down to Eilat. I decided to ride down on my 2017 Grey and Blue Super Tenere XT1200ZE. Zikhron Yaakov, my home, is a small village on mount Carmel, a 413 KM ride to Eilat. I set out Tuesday afternoon for the ride. The ST did this with relative ease and comfort even with a full load of luggage for the week ahead. I rolled in to Eilat just before 19:00. Met a friend for dinner and packed it in early to get ready for the long couple of days ahead.

Israel motorcycle tourGetting ready to leave

Day 1 – Eilat – To Jerusalem 500km

There is a big desert north of Eilat – The Negev. Its an amazing beautiful and full of ‘surprises’ if you know where you are going. Geology, archaeology, culture and great riding are all part of its characteristics. Carlos came across the border (the first) from Jordan a little after 09:00 and after a short briefing, packing the bikes and getting our first hydration for the day we headed south and west up into the Eilat granite mountains running up right next to Egyptian Border (The second). These granite rocks are the backdrop to Eilat creating a dramatic effect of a town nestled between mountain and sea, in this case the turquoise Red Sea.

15.pngIt’s a climb from sea level to the Ovda plateau at 500 meters elevation. Roads roll from side to side and you are sure that the middle of the tire is getting very little use. Once on the Plateau things level out and roads straightened out and become longer yet a little cooler (only 36 degrees!). Once past the 75km marker, we are heading back down into the Syria -Africa rift and temperatures sore to 42 when we stop for our fist break at 101 km station.

motorcycle tour israelRider over looking the Sinai desert.

The second stage of the day is about the great crater (aka Yeruham crater) and the Scorpions Ascent. The Ascent is part of the old abandoned road from Tel Aviv to Eilat and was opened in the fifties by the engineer’s corps. We arrived to find it partially washed away by the recent flash floods, but no real challenge for the Super Teneres. Up on the pegs and off we went. This series of switchbacks overlooking breath-taking views is only the first course before entering a small canyon and finding yourself on the floor of the Great Crater. This is an erosion crater which makes it unique to this part of the world and ‘jam packed’ with geological phenomena. But it’s the road and outlook at the top that set the tone for the day and wrap up the ride through this amazing desert.

24.pngLunch in Arad’s famous Muza bikers stop restaurant with its great burgers and cold lemonade, and we have more than half behind us and its only 14:00. After lunch we are pushing north. Scenery changes dramatically as we head to inner plains with their green crops and low hills. Temperatures are cooler, and bikes are running on great deserted tarmac at high speeds. Carlos and I are getting to learn each other’s riding style and feeling more confident. He is a well-seasoned adventure rider so there is nothing I can throw at him that he can’t easily take.

IMG_8060-4-e1528322301170.jpgriding the twisties up to Jerusalem

Last leg of the day is the climb up the Judean hills into Jerusalem. I choose the back roads that will take us in from what I know to be some of the best riding roads. These are, and we end the day with a wide grin on our faces inside the helmets as we approach the most fascinating city on earth.

14.pngAfter the mandatory shower we venture out to the Mahane Yehuda market for the famous authentic Jerusalem Mixed Grill. At 22:00 we are in bed and fast asleep after a very challenging day.

7.pngDay 2  – Jerusalem  – Kibutz  Senir – 320km

We spend the first part of the day walking the Old City of Jerusalem. For me it is a first experience every time and I lose myself between the people, the alleys, the markets and the holy sites.  Getting a first-time visitor to grasp the intensity of this epicenter of religion and history is always a fascinating challenge and with Carlos its no exception. It’s a spiritual as well as a sensual experience even to non-religious person. One finally gets it – This is where it all begun.

17.pngWe explore Mt. Zion, home to the room of the Last Supper, King David’s tomb, the Western Wall. Then we go to the The Temple Mount with the Mosque of Omar and El Aqsa on it, and then through the Via Dolorosa right up to the Holy Sepulchre. These mega sites all get crammed in to a 4-hour walk. Truth be said this really needs 3 days to get it right, but as we say ‘sunlight is diminishing’ and we still have a small country to cross.

18.pngSo, we head back to the hotel checkout and head out. We’re taking the central toll road #6 highway going north. Within an hour we are north taking a sandwich at the service station. Then the amazing Gilboa view road with its birds-eye view of the Jezreel Valley, down the twisty 6666 to Beit Shean and from there up onto the Golan hs to the Peace look out, one of the most amazing spots overlooking the Sea of Galilee. We get some great footage on these twisties and continue north to the a volcanic (non-active) mountain Bental overlooking the Syrian Border (our 3rd). The view is spectacular, it is evening and sun is in the west, the view east over Syria and the photography are exceptional.

22.pngWe get back on the bikes for our final run through Magdal Shams an Alpine Druze village on mount Hermon, and down to Kibutz Senir to our boutique bungalow. Dinner is great burgers and beer (It is cowboy land here after all) and we hit the sack deeply gratified.

21.pngDay 3 – Senir to Haifa – 240km

Kibbutz life is laid back. Breakfast is at 08:00 and our first stop the Banias nature reserve opening at 09:00 is only 5 minutes away so we take this morning easy. After a short hike into the gorge and the magnificent water fall, we are back on the bikes and skimming the Lebanese border (our 4th) which will be the main part of our day as we cut west on the “Northern Road”. This is a real treat of ‘rollercoaster’, outstanding tarmac rolling between lush vegetation and ever-changing inclines and descents. It’s an hour and we are climbing to our final set of switchbacks to the Keshet Cave.  The view, the air, the arch are all as they should be, and Carlos is smiling too. We stop at a road side stand for the mandatory Pita and Labane (bread with a sour goat cheese) a local Druze dish, on our way to Rosh Hanikra.

23.pngWe descend in the ‘steepest cable car on earth’ to these natural lime grottos. It’s a wonderful photo-op as well as house some of Israel history. We cool off in the mandatory movie and finish with coffee and cake at the restaurant overlooking the bay. This is also an official border crossing between Israel and Lebanon so a picture with the sign 120km to Beirut (240km to Jerusalem) and we are ready for a quick run to our Haifa digs. Dinner is at the Libira Microbrewery in the bustling port area and were turn in for the night.

9.pngDay 4 – Haifa – Tel Aviv – 200km

If you look at google maps Haifa Tel Aviv is only 100km but we are taking the long way around. The day starts with a walking tour through Acre. A World Heritage city with Crusaders, Templers, Saladin, and Napoleon all featuring from every wall. The displays are world class and the market and little fisherman’s port are all great to walk about and taste Arab Jewish culture mixed together. After the mandatory Humus and Falafel we mount our bikes and climb onto the Carmel mountain for a last look out over the Jezreel valley from the Carmelite monastery atop. We take an off-road ride through the forest just for fun and land in Caesarea. The famous preserved old city and port from the Roman times.

12.pngCaesarea was in roman times the most important city in Israel and it was grand beyond the size of the place as a result of Herod’s fetish for large projects. It is also named after Julius Caesar the emperor of Rome at the time. We finish off with a walk-through palace, the Hippodrome, The theater, and the ramparts all as the sun is setting over the Mediterranean Sea.

IMG_8323-e1528323642954.jpgDinner in the Jaffa port in Tel Aviv and we run back to the hotel to watch Real Madrid (with the help of Liverpool’s goal keeper Karius) take the Champions league finals.

IMG_8334-1-e1528324063200.jpgTel Aviv

Day 5 – goodbyes

Breakfast in the Rothschild Boulevard, return the bike, and hugs and goodbyes. Its been a trying week for me as I’m sure it was for Carlos. Israel is challenging destination. You can spend a lifetime exploring it and still not get enough, bur understanding the interrelations of Religions, Politics, Cultures, Heritage and the people are all fascinating as they can be mind boggling.

3.pngAll of this is set in some magnificent and diverse scenery, with state of the art infrastructure. Be it hotels, roads, communications, guides, museums or restaurants Israel offers some of the best of each so just take your pick.

Israel has become one of the hottest destinations in the Near East with tourism soaring to an all-time high. More and more airlines making it a direct destination. Flights from China, India, Australia and South America are all on the way adding to the hundreds of flights from Europe and North America already established, many of which are low cost. A new Ramon airport is about to open in the Arava this year increasing the possibilities even more.

1.pngTAMARBIKES is ready to accommodate the riders and touring companies wanting to explore this unique destination, and I thank Carlos for being a pioneer in coming and taking the time to prepare his.


For more about the Israel Classic and next dates go the tour page


History is being made today!

The first Stage May 4th – Jerusalem – Jerusalem – 10km Time Trial

The Giro Italia the second most important cycling event in the world is starting out for the first time outside of Europe. The giro will start to day May 4th with a 10km Time Trial section circling Jerusalem.

600 representatives of the world sport media are here to cover this extraordinary event with the amazing backdrop of Jerusalem and the amazing view of Israel.


The second stage May 5th  – Haifa – Tel-Aviv – 170Km

This Giro has also been called Jerusalem to Roma an historical ride which corresponds with history and the Roman times when Israel was one of the focal points and strong holds of the Roman empire. Anyone visiting Israel will see an abundance of Roman architecture and ruins of Roman Cities one Important port will be passed tomorrow by the cyclists – Caesarea – once the most important port of Israel.

This stage begins in the northern part city of Haifa also the main gate way if you want to come by ferry with your bike to Israel. The Carmel Mountain rolling into the Haifa bay this is one of the most beautiful cities you can visit anywhere. Couple it with cultural diversity and tolerance, and some spectacular history and it is a must visit on an Israel tour.

This is second stage that may actual be in rain part of the way works it way down south through the coastal plain road. not before taking a short visit to our very own Zikhron Yaakov home town. This fast run relatively flat will end in Israel cultural, culinary and business hub Tel-Aviv, also known as the city that doesn’t goes to sleep.

This 3 day, 30M Euro project, brings to Israel  the Largest most important sport event in its history, giving it  the opportunity to prove to the world it both worthy and able to host such events.


Stage 3 May 6th – Be’er Sheva – Eilat – 226Km

Be’er Sheva is the capital of the Negev the Israel southern desert. this heat stricken city is a wonder of its own with a thriving Hi-Tech industry, the Israel air-force academy and one of the largest universities in Israel, The Ben-Gurion University. A small trivia point is that Be’er Shaeva holds the world record in the number of Chess Grandmasters per capita.

Leaving Be’er Sheva south towards Eilat they will be crossing the Negev desert.  Excellent asphalt wide fast sweepers and climbs  in and out of the largest erosion crater in the world the Ramos Crater, are only part of the features of this fascinating ride to Eilat the most southern city of Israel and its only port to the red sea.

Arriving to Eilat is breathtaking with the sudden appearance of the Red Sea bay the palms and  the ever lasting sunshine that has turned this city to a beloved destination to Europeans wanting to escape the cold of winter.

The weather – its going to be hot!

With temperatures nearing 35 degrees today in Jerusalem and the heat wave continuing tomorrow, riders will be facing challenging conditions during the whole ride. The Negev is always hot so that is no news!

Thank you Giro Italia thank you Sylvan Adams A visionary cycling enthusiast that was behind this amazing event and bold step for the Giro Italia.

If you wan to ride Israel you can also do so on motorcycles with TAMARBIKES and its Israel Classic so what are you waiting for come ride Israel – the Giro Italia did.


Well this was an unexpected pleasure. Moto Guzzi and the Italian organizer GoBiker Invited my wife Tamar and myself to a weekend of the Moto Guzzi Experience at Is Molas Sardegna 4th edition.

8-1.pngThe full Moto Guzzi Catalogue

As it was also the weekend of my birthday (thank you all for the blessings) we jumped at the occasion pushed aside some other plans and hopped a flight to Cagliari to start what will definitely be a great weekend of surprises.

1st Surprise – the Moto Guzzi Brand

Truth being said, Israel our home country, is not Moto Guzzi’s largest market, to put it mildly. However, Moto Guzzi is one of the first brands to enter the Israeli market some 40 + years ago, and thus it is definitely part of our childhood scene and loved by its followers back home too.

9-1.pngThe brand

It was therefore a very pleasant surprise to finally meet Moto Guzzi in the flesh.  Great people great bikes a great heritage and a bunch of almost religious followers and lovers of a century old brand.

Once you get riding the magic begins the forward-facing V engines, the trademark of moto Guzzi, the purring sound, the Italian eye for detail, and the somewhat retro look of gages and other accessories on the bike, all amount to a unique identity of this brand.

2nd Surprise – Sardegna

It was my first time in Sardegna. So, while I was preparing asked Andrea our host how is the food going to be? “The best Italian food you’ve ever eaten” came the answer. True, Sardegna as an island has developed its own kitchen with its unique specialties and flavors, however it doesn’t get much better and after two tours in Italy these past months this island certainly offers it very differently, and very good.

6-1.pngThe group parked for lunch

In addition, most of the day we were riding either along rocks hanging over the Mediterranean Sea or through mountain roads and passes. Both created an infinite number of outstanding vistas and endless winding roads.

3rd  Surprise  – the staff

As a boutique tour organizer, we limit our groups around the world to no more than 12 bikes on each tour this is more or less the max number you can manage safely and still have a sense of control over the group.

2-1.pngSmooth riding with the great staff of the factory

Here Moto Guzzi and their tour leader GoBiker lead a group of 47 bikes! However, the pace and the route were managed in addition to the tour guide and sweeper by 3 Marshals on 3 factory editions of Aprilia Tuono. These were riding up and down the peloton blocking off intersections marking the next leg and generally making everything run smoother as this long group of Moto Guzzi bikes made its way winding through the hills of Sardegna effortlessly.

4th surprise – the roads

1-1.pngThe Moto Guzzi organization

Even though Sardegna (and Corsica) are known for the riding roads the magnitude and quality of the asphalt and the riding was out of this world. There were legs of an hour or more when you felt you hadn’t been a single minute on the center of the rubber of your tiers, unless it was to change a left hander to a right hander turn or vice versa. Endless curves for miles and miles with the right bikes and you simply can’t get enough. A truly amazing experience, and we’ve ridden on almost every continent on earth.

In summery

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Everything came together for this weekend making it a unique experience. The riding, the people, the roads, the bikes and a great group of international riders that turned out to be a fun bunch sharing their passion for motorcycling in general and for the Moto Guzzi brand in particular,

Thank you, Moto Guzzi hope to ride, with you soon again.

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The Morocco Adventure

This 2600km, 11 day, 10 nights, 9 riding day tour, takes our riding groups across and through some of morocco’s finest scenes vies and sites. Don’t miss this Adventure into eastern Islamic Berber and African cultures and flavors. this is a high power Luxury ride packed with the best Morocco has to offer.

2.pngAdmiring the Moroccan landscape

The Reef mountains and Mid Atlas the road to Marrakech.

We start the tour with a short run down the Spanish Costa del Sol past Gibraltar to Tariffe where we board a fast ferry and an hour later we are in Tangier. After the boarder necessities and lunch, we are off and climbing through amazing views into the Reef mountains. Our destination of the first day will be the amazing blue city of Chefchauen but we will realize its beauty only tomorrow when we stroll its medina in the morning.

1.pngthe Blue City in actual colors

We will have a stop on the imperial city of Fez, with its amazing Kasbah with its 9400 streets and allies it is mesmerizing as it is fascinating.  The great Dar and traditional dinner are a perfect way to end the day before we hit the sack.

22.pngThe Hotels on the Morocco Adventure

Next day we are climbing again this time into the Atlas. The Alpine village of Ifran, the Ceder forests the monkeys and the off-road ride are all part of this morning venture into the mountains, roads are getting smaller and weather is less than perfect as we are riding through some fog and sub 10 degrees temperatures. Things clear up as we head out to the mid Atlas getting ready for one of the most amazing roads we’ve ridden anywhere on our way to the Bin-il-Widiane lake side spa resort.

10.pngThe Ouzud Falls

Our last day of the Mid-Atlas on our way to Marakech our mid tour marker, begins with a tour of the amazing Ouzud water falls. They are very thing they set out to be, powerful, high and very beautiful. After this we are strolling into the Marrakech valley letting the km melt away. An evening stroll to the Jama El Fna and dinner at a local booth will end a perfect day and the first half of our tour.

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Marrakech – hitting the half way marker.

This much needed rest day is an opportunity not only to rest and massage our aching limbs, but also to stroll the markets, meet the local folk and even get invited into a family for tea and sweats, as our crowed did. I spent most of the morning getting the tons of footage and photos on to our hard drive and the afternoon is spent strolling this amazing Souq I love and getting some gifts for the family and dried fruit for the rest of the tour. Were all too tiered for the 320 km to Asweira and back so the option remains un-used.

15.pngThe Marrakech Souq

One can’t talk about Marrakech without talking about the Jama-el-Fna. This amazing unique square piazza place or whatever you want to call it in your home language is the epicenter of Marrakech’ perhaps of Morocco. A stage for Berber shows of Music, snakes, dancing and commerce by day, and a never-ending food festival by night don’t miss coming back to this it at different times of the day for the full Marrakech experience. Our last visit we sat on the roof terrace of the café de France overlooking this bustling square from above.

14.pngThe Jama-al-Fna

Complimented by one of the best Souqs in the world this is a place you can spend days at not hours and never get enough.

Off to the Sahara

Marרakech is the end of many routes of merchandise running from the desert, so it is no surprise that the road between Marrakech and the Sahara is jam packed with sites and points of interest. We start our day with a climb to the Highest paved pass in morocco, The Tiz’n’Tichka.

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Eid ben Hadou one of the oldest, biggest, and certainly the most famous Kasbah in Morocco, is our next stop on the way to Boulamne du Dades our stop for the night. We won’t arrive there before stopping at the Ourzazate film studios for some photo ops at the Game of thrones and Gladiator sets.

21.pngEid ben Hadou

The next day begins by climbing to the fabulous Dades pass, if you’re a biker you haven’t been in Morocco without the mandatory ride up and down this crazy road. Next in line is the Todra gorge always packed with tourists and Berber merchants selling you their creations.  From here it’s a run against sundown to reach the desert in time to get there in time for a ride out to the luxury desert camps, by Camel or 4X4 your choice.

26.pngThe Dades Pass – a must for any biker

The Sahara is a unique and exceptional experience every time. The endless dunes, the stars at night the sunrise in the morning are all exceptional experiences and all together leave you with a sense of awe and true connection to nature and all its majestic beauty. Unforgettable!

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The road back from the desert

The road back to the Mediterranean coast line will take us through the Ziz valley and the Legionnaires road and Tunnel. After a stop in Midelt for the night we hit the road with the final run to the ancient fort city of Melilla. This is a Spanish strong hold in north Africa and our port of boarding the overnight ferry to Malaga. Our last day is our longest and fastest and we cover 490 km in one day a grand finale to an amazing tour.

23.pngThe Legionnaires Tunnel

After our farewell dinner celebrating a great tour in the old port of Melilla we board the ferry take our cabins and wake up 6 hours later in the port of Malaga. A short ride to the depo, return the bike sand a shuttle to the airport. It’s been a great ride now we need to prepare our next ride. Hope to see you soon with us.

25.pngThe Todra Gorge

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Riding across hard territory always runs the risk of getting a flat tire. While on our last tour to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego one of the F800GS started loosing air rapidly and we had to stop and change it. Luckily Roberto our support driver was well equipped and we were back on the road in no time (23 Minutes to be precise) but still we had a great time practicing this ever so important skill.

Here are some pictures from this event:


Here is a video I came across with a really professional guy from BMW of America explaining how to do it correctly.


and Ride Safe please.


2017, Our best year yet!

It's December 31st, I am sitting in my living room thinking about what we’ve done in the motorcycle guided tour field this year and frankly, I never dreamed TAMARBIKES would accomplish so much, what did we have?! We toured 4 continents this year: Africa, Europe, South America and Asia - some more than once. We continued establishing and building the TAMARBIKES brand with the unique offering of our tours. These included besides in-depth route planning, major sites and attractions, professional tour leaders, support vehicle for luggage and hand-picked accommodation, also a selected offering of local cuisine and in-depth cultural interactions.  
13-2.pngA TAMARBIKES group selfie

Each tour also came with, top of the line maps, the Tamarbikes combination of tour Dri-fit T-Shirt and the TAMARBIKES Base-Ball cap and a changing variety of giveaways. This year we introduced an option to purchase a tour Soft-Shell Jacket, which turned out to be a great success.

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We are also gradually becoming a world leader in self-guided tours, a popular product line expanding alongside the growth of our guided tours. We entertained guests crossing France, Africa and Greece, solo or in small groups - all routes and accommodation prearranged by TAMARBIKES. All riders and pillions returned with amazing stories and feedback.
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The highlights:

On our Morocco tour, we visited the largest desert on earth taking a ride and an overnight in the Sahara Desert. Together with 10 days of great riding, part gravel, we got to know better this amazing country and its friendly people.
IMG_3746-e1514987989260.jpgAit ben Haddou – 1300 year old casba
Later this year we visited the highest village on earth, Komic, as part of our Himalaya Adventure. Manali, the Spiti Valley, and the Kinnaur Valley were all part of an exceptional and grueling ride. Much of this route runs high over 3000m (9000 ft.) with peaks above 4500m (13,500 ft.), with beauty beyond imagination but also some challenges to overcome. Certainly, a must for any rider whether of the more adventurous type or less.
1.pngRiding The TAMARBIKES Himalaya Adventure
The end of this year was about reaching the ‘Ends of the Earth’! Our Patagonia and Tierra-del-Fuego adventure took us to the most southern city on earth, Ushuaia, also known locally as ‘Fin Del Mundo’. This, once in a lifetime ride also took us on the longest national road on earth - Argentina’s AR40 - and to some of the most famous natural attractions on earth such as the Perito Moreno Glacier and the Torres del Paine national park, certainly one of the top 10 in the world.
16.pngThe Argentina Lake District

What’s up for 2018?!

There is a wider availability of all these fabulous adventures for 2018. However, tours are filling up fast even as we speak. The TAMARBIKES offering is going to expand with additional destinations varying from the Leh-Ladak in the Himalayas, through Rajasthan in India, Peru Bolivia Argentina high Andes,  Japan and to a Vietnam Adventures.
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This is a first account from the road of the beginning of our TAMARBIKES Patagonia Adventure 

Osorno to Bariloche

We started our first riding day by heading for the Argentinian border on our way to Barilolche. The Bikes are perfect and we are off to a great beginning. The run to the border is a delight the weather is a perfect 20 degrees spring is in the air and Chile has dressed up for us.

3.pngThe Argentinian Chilean Border

The border is also a moderate Pass with views of surrounding volcanoes and the first meeting with the Andes. Surprisingly they are not very high at this point and we are rolling down and skimming the Nahuel Huapi  lake right round till we enter Bariloche on the other shore.

tamarbikes patagonia adventureWelcome to Argentina

Beers, dinner, some laughs and drinks with the guys and we are off to rest as there is a long day tomorrow.

Bariloche to Futalefu

Day 3 of the tour and its off to Futalefu a charming Chilean village just across from Argentina. We begin teh day with a loop round some of the most amazing scenery once can imagine. lakes, snow caped mountains, and nature blooming in all its glory leave us all with our jaws dragging on the asphalt.

15.pngLakes an d nature out of Bariloche

And were off. its a beautiful and relaxing ride till we hit the turn of Routa 40 where we hit gravel for the first time on our climb back to Chile and our final destination Futalefu.

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Namibia is the third country on the TAMARBIKES Africa Expedition, an Africa motorcycle adventure spanning 14-day , 3600km and 4 countries. This Africa motorcycle tour begins in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe, and crosses some of Botswana’s finest. We reach Namibia through the Trans-Kalahari border crossing. After a visit to Windhoek the amazing capital, we head for the Sussusvlei Dunes, (Including Dune 45 the tallest in the world) in the Namib Naukloft sanctuary. We then tour the Sestriem gorge and continue to the Fish River Canyon, second only to the Grand Canyon. Ultimately, we continue our tour and leave Namibia after 5 days when we cross the Orange river into South Africa.

Namib-Naukluft-CDRSVC17-Tamar-GI-e151022Dunes and Deadvlei

Namibia is a mostly arid nation of wild barren beauty. Classic deserts, thorn bush savanna, desolate wind damaged coastlines, marvelous canyons, and sun-baked salt-pans are the bounty that waits for the tourist.

Namibia’s deserts are jam packed with extreme and other sport activities. These activities include, among others, abseiling – that most incredible of rock sports, coastal and fresh water angling, desert camel riding, scuba diving, 4×4 desert runs, trekking and mountaineering, and of course some of the best motorcycle ridding one can imagine.

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Namibia has four distinct geographical areas. Along the coast is the Namib Desert, which at the age of 80 million years old, is said to be the world’s oldest desert. At the coast, the icy cold Atlantic satisfies the blazing African desert, resulting in thick fogs, in the east the Kalahari desert extending across Botswana and Zimbabwe, and in the North the Etosha Nature reserve and the Caparivi strip stretching across to the Chobe National park in Botswana.

Namibia, one and half times the size of France, is very sparsely populated and carries just 2.2 million people. The people are as distinct as the land they live on. The San are the most intriguing of these tribes and are otherwise known as Bushmen. These most hardy of individuals have a highly sophisticated knowledge of their environment. It is a marvelous thing how well they are adjusted to their difficult habitat. Just time out and think that these are the only people worldwide who live with no permanent access to water. In one of their main residences, the Kalahari Desert, water is scarce, and not to be found on the surface. Tubers, melons, and other water bearing plants in addition to underground sip wells provide their water requirements.

8.pngThe San Bushmen

In Namibia today, Bushmen number about 50,000. Historians approximate that they have lived, primarily as gatherers and hunters, for a minimum of 25,000 years in these parts of the world. Bushmen speak in a strange click language and are extremely talented in the arts of dance, mimicry, and storytelling. Namibia’s other individuals, who are native to the continent, are mainly of Bantu origin. They are thought to have actually arrived from western Africa from about 2,400 years back. The African groups consist of the Owambo, Kavango, Caprivians, Herero, Himba, Damara, Nama and Tswana.

White Namibians amount to about 120,000 and are mainly of German and Afrikaner heritage. Germans arrived in considerable numbers after 1884 when Bismarck stated the nation a German Protectorate.

Two other distinct groups finish the spectrum of Namibia’s individuals – Basters and Coloreds. Colored in Namibia and southern Africa refers to individuals of blended racial heritage, black- white. This makes sense considering that Namibia was run by South Africa after the First World War.

Windhoek_Christuskirche_Reiterdenkmal-CoGerman Architecture and Art in Windhoek

Namibia’s unwelcoming and barren shorelines served as a natural deterrent to the ambitions of European explorers. Consequently, Bismarck  declared the territory covered by Namibia a German colony and called it Sudwestafrika or South West Africa.

The German occupation was an especially unhappy experience for the Herero. The Herero felt bitter the German’s extreme and racist guideline and the impact of the advancement on their arrive at their income and way of living. On the very first day of the year 1904, the Herero led by Chief Samuel Maharero, rose suddenly and suddenly in arms versus their colonial overlords. The Nama signed up with the insurrection and the authorities did not restore control after 6 months of attempting. Over 100 German settlers and soldiers died in the uprising. Historians now think about occasions that followed to constitute the first genocide of the twentieth century.

Bismark argued that the Herero need to be destroyed as a people and he did not recoil at the murder of children or women. At the end of it all, 100,000 Nama and Herero were eliminated. The Herero fared extremely badly and 80% of them perished. Namibia’s other individuals, who are native to the continent, are mainly of Bantu origin.

6.pngThe Africa Expedition on route

Namibia’s road system (which you pay a special fee when you enter the country) consists of very few main paved roads running across the country and through Windhoek the capital. Consequently, the major part of the road system is not paved. Surprisingly, this network of dirt roads is excellently maintained and well signed. More over, when riding the Namib road system, you will constantly encounter maintenance vehicles smoothing out these white roads enabling one to travel the immense distances in ease and safety. Although off road experience can come in handy while riding Namibian roads any rider can tackle this challenge.  Occasionally on secondary roads (D-XXX), you will find sand traps that have covered the road so keep your eyes open.

Finally, riding almost 1500km through this amazing land and stopping at its world class natural gems is very much what the Africa Expedition is all about a unique once in a lifetime motorcycle adventure, serving you a lifetime of memories.

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It has been the TAMARBIKES mission to bring to the motorcycling community around the world, the most interesting and exciting destinations our little globe has to offer. So, this year we’re adding The Himalaya Adventure to our offerings. As we always do we start a new destination by taking a scouting ride with some of our more adventurous clients to come along for the ride. This is our Himalaya Adventure TAMARBIKES first impressions.

Himalay motorcycle tourArriving at Kullu Manali airport

The Kullu valley and Manali

The TAMARBIKES Himalaya Adventure begins when we land at Kullu airport near Manali the unofficial capital of trekkers and shopping in the Himalaya.  Manali is a bustling place. It’s a soft landing, Hotel is nice, food is great, even if already a bit on the spicy side, and our hosts the local guides are great. We finish off the first day with some sightseeing, a local temple and a walk through the Manali old city.

Himalay motorcycle tourRiding around Manali

Next day it is riding time. After signing for the bikes that have been delivered to the hotel we head out to the mountains around Manali for an orientation ride. There is a lot to get used to. The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 singles are surprisingly fun and comfortable, the views are breath taking with green peaks all around, and once you are out of traffic, riding is fun and weather is perfect.

This is an important day before we hit the heavy stuff lying ahead to get ourselves accommodated to altitude, traffic, and the bikes. It is an easy day.

The formidable Spiti Valley

We start the day with the Rohtang La pass. It’s a climb to 13000 feet (3550 meters) and we reach it early in the morning.  As we climb into the clouds it’s raining lightly, the road is partly washed away. Trucks and buses are everywhere hindering our progress. Reaching the Rohtang La pass we feel a sense of achievement. It’s the first Himalayan Pass and we’re only 2 hours out of our starting point.

Himalay motorcycle tourThe Rohtang la (pass)

Coming down from the other side on the ‘Manali – Leh’ road we learn about the havoc the winter reeks with the Himalayan roads. This will be the main motto of this tour and will dictate much of the itinerary later down the line. After a 30-minute roll down the northern part of the pass, we turn off on to HW 505 the main road running the length of the Spiti valley west to east.

The Spiti valley (meaning in between) has a floor of about 3000 meters and the peaks around it run between 6500 to 7500 meters. Some are in Tibet and some in India. It is only once you start exerting yourself in water crossings and other hard terrains that you begin to feel the altitude and the lack of oxygen. But mostly, it is breath taking views of incredibly barren mountains with a lot of water running across the roads.

Himalay motorcycle tourWater crossings in the Spiti Valley

We stopped counting at 10 crossings in the first hour and we now focus on the major water crossings which are immense and challenging. Things get even more challenging as the day is hot and we are running late. The pace is painfully slow we are barely getting 10 -15 km/h on average and the surface of this road is so bad that you are afraid the bike will come apart right under you. My bike is the first to go, so we stop and get some rest while the tour mechanic, a must on such a ride, takes my ‘Bullet’ to pieces.  A rock has pierced a hole in the block and there is no compression. It’s fixed with epoxy glue and this fix will hold to the end of the tour with no further problems.  We reach Chandra Taal the Moon Lake just before sun down and get settled into our ‘Swiss Tents’. It’s been a grueling yet amazing first day.

Himalay motorcycle tourThe Spiti Valley dry harsh and breathtakingly beautiful.

For the next couple of days we continue through this harsh but awesome land. We will cross our highest pass on this tour, the Kunzum la pass 15000 feet (4650 meters), we will reach the king of Spiti’s home in Kaza, visit the Key monastery where the Dalai Lama visited then Komic the highest village on earth. We will also visit Tabo, home of a 1000-year-old monastery.

Himalay motorcycle tourChandra Taal (Moon Lake) 4300m and very sacred.

It’s here things start to go seriously wrong! We begin to get news that the road east out of the Spiti has been washed away and we will not be able to reach the Kinnaur valley continuing east.  Our hosts spread their arms and tell us that this is the Himalaya where the only thing unexpected is ‘no surprises’.

Himalay motorcycle tourThe Kunzum la (pass) 4550m, the highest pass of the tour.

For the next few days we will be back tracking the route to Manali to reach the Kinnaur valley through its western entrance, but that is still to come.

The Pin Valley

Himalay motorcycle tourA foot bridge in the Pin Valley

Just before Tabo, we ride south into The Pin valley with its picturesque end-village of Mud, (pronounced Mood). Mud is an important trekking center as we learn several major Himalayan treks begin here including a few days’ hike towards the Kullu valley. However, there are no rideable roads so we will have to back track a very long way to reach Manali again. The Pin is beautiful, quiet, mystical and the stay in Mud at 3800 meters Is when the altitude first gets to me. The guest house is comfortable and the host welcoming. The locals are fascinated by the bikes and show genuine affection to us everywhere.

Himalay motorcycle tourMud children waving goodbye to the TAMARBIKES envoy

We start the day with a walk to the river. Climbing back up literally knocks the air out of our lungs. But everything is like a post card and so beautiful.

The Kinnaur Valley

Contrary to the barren Spiti the Kinnaur is lush and green year-round. We head out and visit the village of Kosol a trekker’s heaven and the ‘weed’ capital of the area. We settle for Momo, a local dumpling’ for lunch and continue to our final destination of the day Banjar.

Himalay motorcycle tourThe Kinnaur Valley – green all over

The green is eye-popping after the week of high-mountain deserts. Much like the Kullu valley only higher and greener. We are staying in a private home stay with a great couple, and their 3 children. Their 5-year-old daughter Jaisha turns to be the highlight of our stay. Our plans to ride further the next day are quashed by fog and rain and we stay and take a walking hike of the Banjar forests around us. It’s an amazing relaxing day, and we are getting ready to wrap up the tour up and go home. A much-needed relaxation after a long hard ride.

Himalay motorcycle tourRidding back to Manali through the busy villages of the Kinnaur

We return to Manali, return bikes, and have a festive farewell dinner. Tomorrow we all take off and go our separate ways from the Kullu airport on the long voyage home.

The himalaya adventureFlying back to Delhi

Agra and Delhi

Tamar, my partner in life and crime, had done extensive traveling in India 25 years ago before we met. She has been ‘on my case’ ever since to go back with her to India. Tamar loves India and so I took advantage of this scouting tour and her long love to convince her to join te scouting tour with us. As there was some shopping to do for the kids left behind, and I insisted on ticking off yet another one of the Seven wonders of the world, The famous ‘Taj Mahal’, we crammed into 24 hours a ride to Agra and shopping in Delhi. Our best shot was going to be pre-booked train rides, which we did, adding yet another ‘must experience’ of India.

Himalay motorcycle tourThe Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is spectacular and does not live down from its promise. Take a guide and go see the Taj at Sun rise. It’s worth the effort. A true and amazing shrine to the love of a King for his wife. It is glorious and leaves you at awe at this unbelievable effort and expense just to put up a mausoleum. It is A lifetime experience. Don’t miss it.

Himalay motorcycle tourIndia Rail

Coming back to Delhi after 2 weeks of wilderness and desolation hit you like a rock. The most noise polluted city on earth, its takes a westerner time to understand that you simply cant drive without a horn, the car will not go.  We hit the famous DLF mall near the airport coming off the train at the eastern old station, and just barely make it back to the hotel to take a shower repack and get on the cab to the airport. We started out in Agra at 4:00am so sleep on the flight home is not going to be the least of our problems.

Himalay motorcycle tourNew Delhi

This Motorcycle guided tour or should I say Motorcycle Adventure will take you by surprise. You cannot prepare or plan, you can only come ready for what the Himalaya will throw at you, day in and day out. Be it a washed away road, or be it changing weather. Be it altitude sickness or be it mechanical failures, simply come prepared. The sooner you get into the Himalaya state of mind the sooner you will begin to enjoy one of the most challenging regions on earth. It’s worth every effort and it must be on any serious rider’s bucket list.

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A Moroccan motorcycle guided tour

The Moroccan adventure – a Morocco motorcycle tour was once again a combination of warm and friendly riders, mixed with great new BMW bikes in an amazing setup of mountains, culture and deserts, all of this for a tour bringing together people for an unforgettable experience.

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Climbing into the Atlas

After the initial mandatories of arriving being picked up having the traditional Moroccan welcome dinner (belly dancers included) we got on our bikes and headed for our longest day of riding up into the Atlas Mountains. It’s a celebration of lush green surroundings, winding mountain roads. Small villages with people just thrilled to meet you and an alpine like Chalet at the end of the day to relax in in Azrou.

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Highlands, Mountain Ranges and Great Canyons

Consequently, the next couple of days are about crossing this mighty mountain range with its multitude of micro-climates and vegetation. While starting our ride at a cedar forest in the morning (not just any cedar – but the cedar of Africa) and working our way over dry highlands laced by green veins of life such as the Ziz, the Todra or the Dades valleys and gorges.

Additionaly, some off-roading with endless little points of interest such as old mining ghost towns or even hidden fortresses.

morocco motorcycle tourA Berber Omlet and a happy JoshMorococo motorcycle tourThe amazing Dunes of Mezougamorocco motorcycle tourBreakfast out in the Sahara dunes

Out to the Sahara

Consequently, the next couple of days are about reaching the edge of the Sahara almost at the border with Algeria, and experiencing these mighty sand dunes. Having a 4X4 get stuck in one and watching a Berber nomad ride through them with ease on a 2X4 making us look ridiculous.

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Back to civilization

Beginning this day of our Morocco motorcycle tour with the Famous Dades Gorge and all its beauty, we are working our way across the southern atlas through the route of a thousand Kasbahs, to the Movie town of Ourzazat, it pretty little Oasis of Fint and then across the Atlas one last time in to the bustling heat of Marakech with its beauty, ugliness, never ending action and amazing market one of the best in the world.

Morocco motorcycle tour“Conquering” the game of thrones castle at the Ourzazat Movie Studios.Morocco motorcycle tourThe Tichka – the highest paved pass of morocco.morocco motorcycle tourMarakech Jama Al’Fna food market

Cities Markets and Goodbuyes

While, relaxing by the pool and enjoying the walkabout through the Jama al’Fna Square and the market alleys around it, its time to head back to Casablanca and say our goodbyes.

Its mixed feeling sad to say goodbye to the guys, yet happy we made yet some more new friends which we take with us.

We will be back Morocco don’t you worry.

morocco motorcycle tourThe Gang Morocco May 2017


An epic ride through nature

The TAMARBIKES Victoria Falls to Cape Town dual ride is a classic Africa motorcycle tour. This 14 day Dual ride is probably one of the best adventure rides one can take. It is for this reason tat this tour is listed high on so many bikers ‘bucket lists’ and why it is in such high demand. TAMARBIKES’ Africa Expedition is more about a “multimedia” kind of an experience. It fuses riding challenges, Nature at its glory, extreme activities, culture and some of Africa’s finest cuisine. This Africa motorcycle tour will never let you down.

Zimbabwe – Vic Falls

Vic-Falls-Air-300x190.jpgThis was really my first opportunity to Ride this epic ride across Africa from Zimbabwe to South Africa. Moreover this Africa motorcycle tour was also an initial venture into the heart of wild and primal Africa. Starting in Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls, you get hit by this amazing natural force.  The mighty Victoria Falls. These are neither the tallest nor the biggest nor the most powerful you’ve ever seen, yet, and this is a sure thing, they are unique and inspiring. Spread almost 1.7 km wide, and plunging over 100 meters into a narrow gorge, these thundering waters leave WWraft-Oared-300x212.jpgyou at owe. While walking the tip of the gorge you simply can not get enough of these sites.

before leaving Victoria Falls on our 3600 km ride south, we took the famous white water experience in this same Zambezi. Its a day of rushing through stage three and four rapids and rushing the Adrenalin through your veins at an even higher flow.

Botswana  – A land of Savannah

elephants-458990_1920-300x200.jpgRoaming herds of Elephants in Botswana

Next its crossing the border into Botswana and reaching Kasane, a mere hour ride, including an easy border crossing takes you into a different world. This is Savannah land and Big game parks.  Here we took our time. sailing through the Chobe marshes sucking in sightings of herds of elephants, buffalo, hippos and crocodiles. We could go on with this for hours but the sun, and the Botswana national park ranger, are telling us its time to go.

Following on this Africa motorcycle tour agenda, after crossing a vast savannah, are the Magkalakadi Salt flats, an

2015-07-08-16.40.52-300x225.jpgThe Makuroo Kanoos maybe the most famous culture landmark of the Okavango Delta

amazing phenomenon housing yet again more game and natural beauty in a dryer surrounding.

Last but not least on the Botswana tour is the mighty Okavango Delta. This inland delta, is a wander of beauty. Considered one of the largest in world, the Okavango delta floods vast parts of the Kalahari desert giving it life.

Namibia – The African Diamond

IMG_1115-225x300.jpgAn authentic local family

Surprisingly, crossing the Trans Kalahari border crossing is not just crossing a political border. Historically, Namibia has had decades of occupation, by Germans and South Africans. Additionally, Namibia is also home to some of the most primitive tribes still in existence enabling a peek to cultures soon to disappear. Windhoek the capital, looks like a groomed bavarian bustling town.  Eventually we stop to have some of the best Apple Strudel in the world presented in old fashioned colonial china. Later that evening its a time for some beer and steaks at a local eatery, again some of the best I’ve ever tasted. However, tomorrow its off into endless deserts. I contrast to this surreal experience, we are now in the a desolated wildernes. This is the least inhabited country on earth, and the connection between all its towns is a network of unpaved roads.

Next we continue our Africa motorcycle tour south, to the dunes of Sussuvlei. These dunes are probably

IMG_1234-300x225.jpgClimbing the dunes of Sussuvlei

the most famous and some of the tallest in the world, so we are up at the crack of dawn to go climb them.  Next its down south to Aus.  Later we cross east to the fish river Canyon, second deepest canyon in the world (after the Grand canyon). Surprisingly,its a magnificent ride. The occasional giraffe here and there the Elephants and the hundreds of miles of wilderness and old ghost manning towns give the place its flavour.

South Africa  – The land of 2 oceans

IMG_1577-300x225.jpg5000 year old cave paintings

Finally crossing the Orange river border crossing we are engulfed by the beauty and lushness of the South African country side. This is no desert. We climb into the Cederberg mountain for a day of off road site seeing. Ancient paintings, natural rock formations, and recent history mix together, as a back drop to fabulous vineyards and small vileges. Its a 2 day run from the border to the cape where we will

IMG_1520-300x225.jpgThe Cederberg vineyards the highest in Africa

explore the nature reserve as well as table mount if we are lucky with the weather.

Later as we are bringing to an end this “once in a life time ride”. Finally some time to relaxi at our 5 star hotel near the V&A wharf, shopping sightseeing and just enjoy the amazing Cape Town sun and views.  Tomorrow its goodbyes and we are off each to his own country. However sad to end we are each loaded with memories, hundreds of pictures and a whole bunch of new friends.



The get up and go spirit

Israel motorcycle tourGetting ready to leave

Thursday the 13th of April, 23:00, and Tamar my wife and I are still discussing the coming festivities of my 55th. “An amazing motorcycle ride” I say “if its up to me”. Even though I usually prescribe to the notion that my birthday is other peoples problem as is there’s mine. Where? What?, asks Tamar a little alarmed, at the nering task. “Well”, I answer,  “There is HW 10 that is opened for the holiday”. Never done that one supposed to be amazing. “That’s the end of world” comes the answer. well yes but it is beautiful and it is my birthday, I conclude. so it is set.

Day 1  – Zichron to Eilat 496Km

mtorcycle tour israelThe funky Muza Caffe

The next day, we’re getting stuff together, booking a last minute camping site, and getting the kids sorted out. So we head off. Its 11:00 when we head out and we decide to head down HW 6 the fastest shortest (toll road) straight to Arad.

The Muza restaurant our favorite, is a funky footballers place with tons of beer and great burgers. We opt for a salad and share a beer (me one taste, Tamar the rest), to keep us alive for the afternoon ride in the sun. It works and with one more stop we make it to the Yeelim Campsite at 17:00. A 80K pop to Eilat for diner and back to hit the sack (literally) but were too tired to be fussy. 496KM on the clock.

israel motorcycle tourMorning coffee at the king Solomon mines of Timna

Day 2  – Eilat to Zichron  520Km

I wake up at the crack of dawn, no alarm, and manage to get in a few pictures of the Sun rising over the Moab mountains in Jordan. We love Jordan, and we love the Jordanians. Historically the promised land or the holy land sat on both sides of the Jordan river and until recent times, end of the 19th century these 2 countries were all ruled as one by the Ottoman empire. If you ever come and do a tour of both, you will find similarities in the history, the biblical stories, on both sides.

Back to our little adventure. The day begins a top one of King Solomon 3000 year old copper mines in Timna. the soil is still wet from the recent rain fall but the Super Tenre handles it with ease climbing over the mud and rocks. We fire up the coffee pot and begin what is going to be a fabulous birthday I am sure.

Israel motorcycle tourBreath taking view of the Red Canyon just north of Eilat on HW12

Eilat and the Red canyon

Tamar my beloved wife of 21 years is the adventures one of us. Consequently we are going to begin the touring part, after breakfast in Eilat, with a hike of the Red Canyon. This turns out to be a natural delight, a very short walk all of 2.5Km. Heading into what becomes a  true delight to the eyes and and feet. It shouldn’t take more than an hour, says the ranger at the entrance, and it doesn’t. After climbing 4 ladders, and walking through sheer walls of red rock, climbing out and hiking. Trail is well marked and we are back in just under 48 min.

Finally after coming out of the canyon we meet a couple, who were turned away only 2 days ago when the rain had the place closed for fear of flash-floods.  The chat quickly turns to bikes of course. my newly acquired friend used to ride bikes, and now, after his retirement, he wants to get back in the saddle. This couple is well traveled, but the TAMARBIKES Africa Expedition  our motorcycle guided tour hit their fancy, and they take our card with eyes burning with a new excitement in them, as we hop back on and we are off still along way to ride today.

Motorcycle tour IsraelEvidence that you don’t want to wander off this road

HW 10 – The lost High way of the southern border

HW10 runs between Sayarim Jct. 30Km north of Eilat on HW12, along the Israel – Egypt border theoretically  right up to the Gaza Strip. Practically even in its good days it never had any civilian use north of Nitzana border crossing point. Initially, as a result of the security situation in the area, the I.D.F. limited the ride on this road to daylight and to convoys of 2 vehicles or more. Later, the army closed it off completely for civilian use.

The Israel Egypt border is a straight line running from Eilat to Gaza negotiated between Britain (Occupier of Egypt at the time) and the ottoman empire occupier of the territories know as southern Syria back in 1906.  Britain occupied Israel only after 1917 when general Alenby conquers it and runs the Turks out of it. The British are the first to call it Palestine – A.i (I standing for Israel).

motorcycle tour israelRider over looking the Sinai desert.

Back to HW 10 an amazing motorcycle ride

After this short history lesson HW 10 is a 200Km almost completely straight run through desolated yet breathtaking  desert scenery with the Negev desert on one side and the Sinai desert on the other, with the

Motorcyle tour israelCoffee with new friends on the road

road roller-coasting,  threading through long plains high mountain peaks with look-outs and military out-posts from both sides of this very quiet border. Finally, we stop for a coffee break. As we are about to sit an R1200GSA trots by. We invite him to join us and he stops and drinks with us. Again more talk about riding, motorcycle touring, kit and Itzhak, this lone rider with full camping gear, is interested in my D-Explore 4 season adventure suit. After many thousands of miles I can say it is the best on the market. As he is rides off, I promise to get him some info about it.

israel motorcycle tourRecent floods still evident on road

Ezuz and Nitzana

Israel motorcycle tourThe Ezuz Cafe a wonder in the middle of the desert.

So its back on the road heading north again. Pushing hard towards the edge of HW 10 The Tenere for the Nitzana border post. Additionally, the neglected asphalt is challenging and rewarding at the same time. Likewise, an occasional flood from a river crossing just adds to the challenge. Soon, we arrive at the Ezuz Cafe, a local desert bar, is our final food stop before we head home. It is a surprising delight. Just before Ezuz, we are on gravel. As a result I’m singing in the helmet. This has to be the best birthday ever. Later, after a short break and a chat with another group of bikers, we are off. Finally, It’s 250Km to home, but on perfect roads, with the cruise control set to 150 KMH, it shouldn’t be long.

israel motorcycle tourBikes floods and HW 10

Home sweet home – 1016KM!!

motorcycle tour israelOver a 1000KM in this little land in 2 days

Arriving just as the sun is setting and temperatures are dropping. it’s getting chilly since we are dressed for the desert. I see 1016 Km on the tach as I drive into the driveway. As a result, I can feel the ride in my bones, but I’m happy. Tamar is exhausted and within an hour after a quick shower and unpacking she is fast asleep. Later that night, I am still fiddling with the cameras and Dropbox. Wouldn’t swap it for any other celebration.


A Motorcycle guided tour preparation!

It was a delightful surprise when our Parisien friends Myriam and Jean-Louis offered us to join them for a weekend in Normandy on a brand new 2016 R1200Gs Triple Black. It would be a great opportunity to put in some panning for a motorcycle guided tour as well as try out the brand new 2016 BMW R1200GS TripleBlack. Later that month, we met the bike and Jean Louis in Paris in a dark underground parking late at night. At first site in low light it is a “regular” GS but once you get closer the minor visual  differences are apparent.

R1200GSR1200GSRiding in Paris through the Champs ElyssesLe Arc du Triumph

We threw our gear on and went for an introduction ride through Paris at night.  Paris on a warm summer Friday night is magical and riding was easy as we were following our host and could focus on the view and getting acquainted to this new bike.

The second part trivial. if you’ve ridden a GS in your life, and if you’ve ridden many like I have, getting used to a new GS is easy. You feel right at home in minutes, not taking into account the new cockpit and endless features of the on board computer, those can take a couple of hours of ridding to master, or as we like to say RTFM (Read The F***ing Manual) instead. The first part is the harder one to get used too. There have been more time than I can count that I have returned to Paris and it always is new refreshing and all so beautiful, you never get used to it.

Day 1 – Giverny -Rouen – Heunfleur – Etretat – Deauville.

Next morning we are off to Normandy. We  meet Jean Louis at his home in the 17th Arr., with warm Croissant he is all ready with his K1600GLT, a short coffee and we are off west towards Rouen (The place of Jean d’Arc). On the way we will stop at the “Fundation de Claude Monet” to see the famous gardens he cultivated and then drew in numerous pictures.

A Claude Monet OriginalA Claude Monet Original – GivernyIMG_8848-225x300.jpgThe Akrapovitch – great sound and Looks

The A13 out of Paris is a good time to get a feel of the on board computer. Tamar my wife, and co-owner of TAMARBIKES, is happy, which is a good sign, the engine is purring in a throaty note through the Akrpovitch that the bike came with and there is a general feeling of comfort and relaxation, yes we can do this all day.

Even after leaving the main road for some country lanes towards Giverny and to Rouen the TripleBlack is as easy as you would expect a GS to be. Once I have figured out the Computer.

Dynamic Electronic Suspension Control

I set the suspension electronically to 2 up as we are heavy with the BMW Luggage full to the rim, handling relaxes a bit and ground clearance is back to its normal, with me holding the bike up on only the front half of my feet heels in the air.

IMG_8847-225x300.jpgDynamic ESCIMG_2101-300x169.jpgEtretat teh famous lime rocks of Normandie

After Rouen and a visit to The beautiful Heunfleur. After lunch, we leave our hosts to rest while we dash to the Cliffs of Etretat. This amazing spectacle is on the top 10 list of Normandy in most books. The GPS says 55 minutes when we leave and we hit the town in 30. Roads are good and dry, weather is perfect and the TripleBlack fires away down the highway with the cruise control set just a tad above the formal speed limit. We park the bike on the oceanfront hike to the top of the cliffs and just manage to get back over the Normandy

bridge to Deauville for diner and a good nights rest. Tach says over 300km, body says, ‘can’t be’  too easy.

The Impressive Normandy BridgeThe Impressive Normandy Bridge

Day 2 – Deauville – Caburg – Bayeux – Omaha Beach – Mont St. Michelle

IMG_8854-225x300.jpgThe New Quick-shifter

Next day we are riding along the Normandy shores to a small town called Cabourg, A coffee in the bustling main street and we are off to Bayeux home of the Famous tapestry.

The Quick Shifter

Today I am getting acquainted to the Beemers quick-shifter. Even though its a great idea on paper. You shift up or down, and the engine

IMG_8714-e1489358948220-225x300.jpgOn the beaches of Normandy

management system will retard the ignition for a fraction of a second, just enough time for the gearbox to slip into the next gear. All without touching the clutch. The reason I say on paper, is because in low gears and speed and in high revs the transition is not yet perfect. Overtly it is accompanied by a ‘clanck’ and a jolt. This may be due tio the fact the bike is brand new with under 100KM on the clock. However, if you’ve been long enough on motorcycles you know that clutchless shifting is possible with no electronic aid. Consequently either I need to perfect my technique with the bike or the system needs still a little more tweaking.

We part ways with our hosts who need to get back to work Monday morning. while this motorcycle guided tour team heads south to the amazing Mont St. Michel. The road there will ride the coasts of the landing of Normandy.

The beauty and serenity are a contrast to the hell the allies soldiers went through, while landing on these beaches June 6th, 1944, changing the course of history and bringing the second world war to an end on the European front with Germany. The Japanese will surrender only after 2 nuclear bombs will be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Its a meaningful visit and an honor to honor these brave men who impacted all our lives years before we were even born.

A Monument at Omaha Beach for the 1st US Betalion.A Monument at Omaha Beach for the 1st US Betalion.

Key-Less Ignition

Back to the machine. Another toy on the TripleBlack is the key-less ignition. At first I thought this is really over the top. After 3 days use of this gadget, (No not a necessity), its a very nice feature, a luxury. Key holes have a tendency to be cruddy, keys bend or even

IMG_8851-e1491599009358-225x300.jpgThe Keyless ignition

break. Moreover if you have a lot of keys on the key-chain, just cases and a lock, its a fuss. However this solution is neat clean safe easy and really works so yes I recommend it.

Day 3 – Mont St. Michel – Paris

Next morning we are just out of Mont St. Michel, we park at a special parking zone for bikes. The friendliness to bikers amazes me each time, together with the special bike lanes for toll on the highways. After a short visit to this amazing and unique world heritage site we are off Back to Paris. Later and once back we return the bike and say our goodbyes to Myriam and Jean-Louis our gracious hosts. Later its off to finish our vacation with some shopping for the kids.


IMG_8846-225x300.jpgWater cooled headsIMG_8850-300x225.jpgOn the fly customisation

The TripleBlack GS is a painting scheme for the 2016 R1200GS LC. It looks great, it feels great, and I really love this bike. After a 1000KM of hassle free riding, its perfect. You can ride this bike all day, relaxed, effortless riding. You will arrive fresh as if you just got on the road. Moreover your pillion will love you (and the bike) too. No wonder it is the most selling bike in history. Consequently, I still think it is one of the best I have ever ridden of the Adventure-Tourer Genre.

Ride Safe


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The motorcycle guided tour packing list, and packing for a guided tour is usually very different from, packing for a riding adventure. When packing for an adventure, everything you may need has to be with you at all times, strapped to the bike. However,  on a guided tour you can expect you luggage (the regular kind) to simply wait for you every day in your hotel room when you arrive after a days ride. Your Kit has to be flown in and ride with you and you will usually have a top box and/or a tank bag supplied to harbor valuables you need during the day. In this article I will try to lay out basic organization thoughts of kit and Comfort, and the basics of planning and packing for a guided tour.

Getting There –

By definition, when packing for a motorcycle tour, your going to plan to travel light. Motorcycles have very little room and there will be a lot of items to cover and include to make the tour with comfort and safety. (See motorcycle guided tour packing list)

We suggest leaving home with 3 bags

  1. A carry-on size suitcase. (Personal belonging, cloths toiletry).  – Figure 1
  2. A back pack. (books, electronics, travel documents and money). – Figure 2
  3. Large duffel. (Riding Suits, Helmets, Gloves). – Figure 3
motorcycle guided tour packing listCarry-On – Figure 1motorcycle guided tour packing listBack Pack – Figure 2motorcycle guided tour packing listDuffel Bag – Figure 3

We also suggest using this motorcycle guided tour packing list to assist you remember and tick-off all the items you may need.

What goes where –

The Carry – On Suitcase –  always works for us. The carry on packed from home is the standard size bag most motorcycle touring companies allow on the van. (On a long hall of over 2 weeks one can upgrade to the next size). We recommend to bring it packed from home. You should have in it all items needed after riding hours – i.e. – evenings.  Don’t put any riding gear or anything you may need during the day such as nylons warm gloves or even an extra lier. You will find soon enough that even though usually the support vehicle runs the same route as the tour, you may find when you need something out of the suitcase on the van, that the van isn’t there. – Alternatively you may learn that there is simply no time to open the van and get to your bag. Finally, many times , and Murphy’s law demands that, your bag will be the one at the back of the van and impossible to get to.

The Back Pack – While traveling this bag will have your money, passport, airline tickets, gadgetry (computer, tablet, phone,) books and magazines, and a small toiletry kit as wells a one night change of underwear. (this is in case you luggage gets sent and lost – its happened to us). we recommend a 2 strap back configuration leaving both hands free to control the 2 other bags.

motorcycle guided tour packing listTank bag with Straps

Here it would be a good place to point out that you can bring your own Tank- Bag and we do recommend the kind that has straps to it. This offers a great solution reducing even more the need to pack and repack this bag as we will explain in the On tour chapter. (see picture).

The Duffle Bag –  This bag is jus for motorcycle kit. The rider needs to arrive at the start point of the tour with full kit. I use a simple collapsible duffle for my Touring Suit, Touring boots, riding gloves, and a helmet. you will be emptying This bag and sending it to the end destination. In the event it is a circular tour you will be leaving it behind at the hotel. We recommend you line the duffle bag with the jacket.  Once you’ve done that, fit the helmet inside the jacket to give it maximum protection from the airport handlers. This bag is optional and we have also gone on tours where we will wear the Jacket and boots, pack the trousers and gloves and put the helmet in its original carry bag and throw it over our shoulder. In this last format you have the benefit of not checking any luggage and walking right off the plane.

While on tour –

to best serve you while on tour, you will need to re-distribute all your belongings between the bike and van . The Carry-On will go onto the support van as is. This way you will not to repack this main bag once you begin the tour. You may empty the second backpack or simply use it as a tank bag (If it has the system). Empty the back-pack into the tank bag and then just fold it and send it to the end point. The duffel bag’s content will be unpacked completely.  All kit to be worn is placed for next day and the rest such as spare gloves spare socks spare undershirt or underwear, all can go into the top box for use on tour. Remember not to put them not the Suit case as you may not have them when you need them.

Self Guided tour –

The major difference between the guided tour and the self guided tour is, of course, the lack of a support van. Thus you need to calculate your luggage volume meticulously. Tamr and I always share the cases in a same way. The side cases are a ‘His and Hers’ and the Top Box is for motorcycle gear cameras and and other essentials on the go. We try not to touch the side cases during the day. When entering the hotel at the end of a riding day, you will be able to take them off and carry them like suitcases.. However you can still use the motorcycle guided tour packing list to plan your packing.

What to look for –

Make sure you are getting a TopBox and a tank bag, when booking a guided tour. Also make sure you have a support van and luggage service during the tour. Additional you should check what is the maximum size of suitcase you can bring. We also recomend you check the airline policy about helmet. Remember this is in addition to your carry on and back pack. Last but not least make sure your bags are all clearly marked with your name. Our staff will need to deliver your bags properly too your room at the end of the day.

The Motorcycle Guided tour Packing List –

We always suggest you use the motorcycle guided tour packing list to plan your packing. Working with a list helps avoid forgetting anything and thus will save you money and time. Even better, Print a copy for each tour and tick off everything you’ve laid out to take with you. We also recommend you go over the list beforehand. Consequently customizing the list to your needs with all that hasn’t been mentioned. If you have suggestions to amend this we welcome any suggestions you may have.

About the author –

Eytan Magen is the founder and managing director of TAMAR Mediterranean Mototours Ltd. (TAMARBIKES). Bikers and a travelers Eytan and Tamar his wife have ridden 4 continents and thousands of miles. This experience enables them to become owners of one of the best riding experiences you can find.

TAMAR Mediterranean Mototours Ltd. (TAMARBIKES) –

TAMARBIKES is a leading Boutique motorcycle guided tour company.  TAMARBIKES brings to the motorcycle guided tour scene some of the best experiences and adventures one can buy on a motorcycle. These adventures are aimed at some of the best and most exciting destinations on earth.