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  1. 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. Pre-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. Getting ready to leaveDay 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. It’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. Rider 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. Lunch 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. riding the twisties up to JerusalemLast 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. After 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. Day 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. We 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. So, 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. We 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. Day 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. We 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. Day 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. Caesarea 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. Dinner 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. Tel AvivDay 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. All 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. TAMARBIKES 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
  2. 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. Pre-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. Getting ready to leaveDay 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. It’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. Rider 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. Lunch 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. riding the twisties up to JerusalemLast 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. After 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. Day 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. We 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. So, 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. We 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. Day 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. We 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. Day 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. Caesarea 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. Dinner 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. Tel AvivDay 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. All 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. TAMARBIKES 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
  3. [embedded content] 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. [embedded content] 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. [embedded content] 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. [embedded content] 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. [embedded content] 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. [embedded content] 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.
  4. [embedded content] 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. [embedded content] 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. [embedded content] 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. [embedded content] 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. [embedded content] 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. [embedded content] 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.
  5. 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. The full Moto Guzzi CatalogueAs 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. The brandIt 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. The group parked for lunchIn 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. Smooth riding with the great staff of the factoryHere 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 The Moto Guzzi organizationEven 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 Proud followersEverything 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. For more about TAMARBIKES tours Click here
  6. A Moto Guzzi weekend in Sardegna

    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. The full Moto Guzzi CatalogueAs 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. The brandIt 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. The group parked for lunchIn 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. Smooth riding with the great staff of the factoryHere 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 The Moto Guzzi organizationEven 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 Proud followersEverything 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. For more about TAMARBIKES tours Click here
  7. [embedded content] Travel video about destination Victoria Falls. Located in the south of the African continent and located on the Zambia/Zimbabwe border, the Victoria Fall Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.youtube.com On The TAMARBIKES Africa Expedition the starting point of one of the best motorcycle adventures on earth for more go visit tour page.
  8. [embedded content] Travel video about destination Victoria Falls. Located in the south of the African continent and located on the Zambia/Zimbabwe border, the Victoria Fall Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.youtube.com On The TAMARBIKES Africa Expedition the starting point of one of the best motorcycle adventures on earth for more go visit tour page.
  9. [embedded content] The TAMARBIKES trans Africa dual ride guided tour 4 countries, 14 days and 3600 Km with almost a third on gravel. Don’t miss this once in a lifetim Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.youtube.com Get ready for the July and October tours
  10. TAMARBIKES Africa Clip 720

    [embedded content] The TAMARBIKES trans Africa dual ride guided tour 4 countries, 14 days and 3600 Km with almost a third on gravel. Don’t miss this once in a lifetim Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.youtube.com Get ready for the July and October tours
  11. 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. Admiring the Moroccan landscapeThe 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. the Blue City in actual colorsWe 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. The Hotels on the Morocco AdventureNext 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. The Ouzud FallsOur 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. Berbers in traditional costumeMarrakech – 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. The Marrakech SouqOne 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. The Jama-al-FnaComplimented 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. Snowy atlas peaksEid 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. Eid ben HadouThe 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. The Dades Pass – a must for any bikerThe 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! the SaharaThe 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. The Legionnaires TunnelAfter 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. The Todra GorgeFor our next tours to morocco click here
  12. 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. Admiring the Moroccan landscapeThe 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. the Blue City in actual colorsWe 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. The Hotels on the Morocco AdventureNext 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. The Ouzud FallsOur 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. Berbers in traditional costumeMarrakech – 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. The Marrakech SouqOne 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. The Jama-al-FnaComplimented 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. Snowy atlas peaksEid 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. Eid ben HadouThe 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. The Dades Pass – a must for any bikerThe 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! the SaharaThe 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. The Legionnaires TunnelAfter 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. The Todra GorgeFor our next tours to morocco click here
  13. 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. Enjoy! and Ride Safe please. [embedded content]
  14. Changing a tire on the Road!

    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. Enjoy! and Ride Safe please. [embedded content]
  15. 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. A 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. Smiling clients of TAMARBIKES in tour T-shirt 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. TAMARBIKES Self Guided tours 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. Ait 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. Riding 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. The 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. View towards Mt. FujiUshuaia – Fin del Mundo!For more about the Patagonia Tierra-del-Fuego Adventure and booking information – Click here
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