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"There's no shortage of colourful characters in the world of motorcycle travel. Some inspire with their thoughtful insight and curiosity, some with their remarkable riding ability and resourcefulness, while others entertain through sheer strength of personality and their passion for life. Few people qualify on all those counts, but Billy Ward is one of them." Overland Magazine 2018
Over the past year or so, Billy has ridden over 50,000 kilometres around various continents including Africa, Central and South America, not to mention a crazy ride through the Middle Eastern war zone of Iraq with Claudio von Planta of Long Way Round fame. The documentary film of this incredible journey to the Mosul Frontline is currently with Sky TV - fingers crossed we may see it on our screens in the near future.
Billy has led adventures all over the world, from Morocco to Zimbabwe, from the USA to South America. He's ridden with many of the world's top bikers and stars, with world champions like Mick Doohan, Chris Vermeulen, Damon Hill and international petrolhead celebrities like Charley Boorman, Ross Noble and Adrian Newey of F1 fame.
Billy is a great friend of Charley Boorman and manages various aspects of Charley's adventures, including his motorcycle tours and his acclaimed theatre shows. He has worked with comedian, Ross Noble, and TV chefs, the Hairy Bikers and has become a respected name on the adventure travel circuit, speaking at motorcycle events and festivals such as Horizons Unlimited. On top of this he's also a registered African Field Guide. After training in the wilds of Africa he now uses these skills to lead rides through Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa, taking riders into exciting wildlife encounters.
Fly Ride Adventure - Discover Morocco with Billy Biketruck - Exclusive
This is a completely bespoke five-day motorcycle adventure - led by Billy Ward who has ridden thousands of kilometres around the globe, facing challenging environments – a truly experienced adventure rider, but more importantly, a great host - funny, entertaining and extremely capable. You'll have the opportunity to chat to Billy about his travels, hear stories and anecdotes about his times with Charley Boorman and Claudio von Planta - get the inside story of Long Way Round.
This five day motorcycle tour provides a perfect long weekend style escape to those who intend to discover Morocco but do not have the luxury of time, or those who are intrigued by the country but could not yet decide to come for a longer period and finally to those riders who've heard so much about riding in Africa they just needed to see for themsleves. During the tour we will cross the Atlas Mountains twice through the passes of the Tizi n’Tichka and Tizi n’Test, visit the UNESCO site of Ait Benhaddou, the city of Ouarzazate with its film studios and old Kasbah, and of course the imperial city of Marrakech. We will have time to stop and enjoy the views and get some great team photo opportunities!
The tour will loop from Marrakesh south to Taroudant and Ouarzazate before returning back to Marrakesh.
18-22 May 2020. Arrive 18th - depart 22nd May (We recommend you plan to arrive the day/night before or early on the 18th as we have activities planned late afternoon)
You are welcome to add more days, we are happy to help you arrange your accommodation for the extra nights either before or after the tour - in fact we recommend it!
Location: Marrakech, Morocco - Arrival / Departure Airport: Menara Marrakesh
Distance: Approx. 750km
Hotel: Quality Hotels - all Twin Occupancy Rooms (Request if Single required)
GPS: All bikes are fitted with Garmin GPS with daily routes installed - which means you can ride at your own pace - we dont ride in a tight group
Highlights: Marrakech - Jamaa el Fna Square, Atlas Mountains, Taroudant, Ouarzazate, Film Studios, Ait Benhaddou, Tizi n'Test Pass, Tizi n'Tichka pass
Roads: Predominantly tarmac, some broken tar and fallen sandy gravel, road works, but some gravel options available on demand - flexible to the groups requirements and competancy levels
Itinerary – Route – Marrakech Loop – 750k
Day 1: Arrival Marrakech. Taxis to hotel, where you will be able to settle in and relax by the pool to prepare for the ride next morning. Welcome - Tour Briefing and the formalities – bike handover, licence admin etc.
Day 2: Marrakech – Taroudant (250 km) The first riding day is awesome as we head south across the Atlas mountains through the infamous Tizi n’Test pass towards Taroudant. Twisty with lots of switchbacks climbing over 2,000 metres before descending towards our destination. Quick check over the bikes, walk into the town and marketplace (Souk) and back to the hotel for dinner - with beers!
Day 3: Taroudant – Ouarzazate (300 km) This morning we ride the south side of the Atlas range along incredible roads towards a famous southern Moroccan town - Ouarzazate. If time, maybe a look at one of the local film studios should round our day off before resting at the beautiful hotel. Our hotel is a great place to end the days adventure - you'll love it. Get ready for a good dinner, Moroccan style.
Day 4: Ouarzazate – Marrakech (230 km) Before tackling the high mountain pass to the north we will visit the UNESCO heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, the scene of many a good movie – Gladiator and Babel to name a couple. Then we cross the Atlas once again, using one of Morocco’s best known passes – the Tizi n’Tichka pass. Upon our arrival to our hotel in Marrakech you will hand over the bikes before heading to the city to explore the medina with its souks and the vibrant Jamaa el Fna square with snake charmers, spices and food stalls. Pretty cool place to have our final dinner!
Day 5: Departure Marrakech - Depending on your flight time, you can chill and relax or nip into the city for some presents. Your transfers will take you the airport as per your individual flight time. We know you’ll now start planning your next Moroccan adventure!
Rider on F700GS, F750GS Twin Sharing: 1795EUR
Rider on F800GS, F850GS, F800GSA Twin Sharing: 1895EUR
Rider on R1200GS, R1250GS Twin Sharing: 1995EUR
Support car passenger: 1299EUR
Single Supplement: 350EUR
Ride across unspoilt landscapes in exclusive locations
Enjoy a once in a lifetime ride through the Atlas mountains
Benefit from our multilingual team’s unparalleled knowledge and riding expertise in Morocco
Visit some of Morocco’s most famous sights
See goats climb trees
Hear some of the inside stories of Long Way Round - from Charley's manager - Billy Biketruck!