Okay, that's enough. I decided to stop lurking and to add a small report. As I have no talent as a storyteller, and even less in english, I won't talk much and will just throw pictures on your screen. You'll probably get the essence of it. Story started back in October 2005. I had a wonderful bike (R1150R) but not the one I need for the trips I wish to do. Not to mention my pretty lady didn't find it especially comfy. A month riding Italian roads and a week in Roma showed that I need something higher... So I went to talk to the dealer.... and after a long wait, in mid April 06, came my 12GS. Meanwhile, I talked with a friend about a trip out there.... why not Le Maroc. Tickets were bought in January. And the we began to plan the trip. As we wished to do some off road, our ladies would arrive after us, by plane, directly to Marrakesh. For us, It would be the boat from Sète FR to Tangier MO. Departure was May Friday 12th, 19:00. we were here sometimes before, as requested. Ready and quite happy. you could see that the AT and the vstrom drivers have decided to travel light. light as they had clothes for the driver and the lady for +/- 10 days. the beemer was fully loaded..... keep that in mind, I'll be back on that later. And here comes the first trouble. The "Marrakesh", our boat was being repaired and we would have to take the "Marrakesh Express" instead (keep the name in mind, u'll see why in a moment) and the departure was delayed. 23:00 instead.