Wisdom Crew – (2) Helmet

18, Sep, 2018

We all know that riding a motorcycle is a big thrill and great fun, yet a dangerous activity. In order to minimise exposure to injury we always ride with all the gear, all the time and so should you – especially if you join one of our guided tours. When it comes to motorcycle safety gear, a helmet is definitely on top of the list. You should choose a high-quality helmet to offer maximum comfort and protection and that will often come with a price tag, which might be daunting. Considering a helmet will potentially save your life, it is a price worth paying.

BMW helmet 2

Our guides use different helmets with two things in common. One being the high premium quality of protection and comfort and the other being the style. We spend long days on the bike and ride throughout the whole year so we opt for dual-sport style helmets that all boost a shield – a very useful feature in a sunny environment like Morocco.

Arai 1

There are multiple great and reliable helmet manufacturers out there and you are surely able to find the best fit for yourself – both in terms of protection and comfort. Have a look around and choose a helmet that fits with your riding habits and style, be it modular, full face helmet or a dual-sport helmet. Check the weight, safety features and standards it provides. One thing for sure: always wear your helmet 🙂

Wisdom crew – (1) Gloves

05, Sep, 2018

So, welcome to wisdom crew 🙂

This week we give you an insight to which gloves are used by our tour-guides. Being an official travel partner of BMW Motorrad, it is no surprise we tend to go for their products. That said, you will see we do not only use BMW brand. We select the most practical items and gear for our use and (unfortunately) we are not sponsored by BMW Motorrad and are not paid for testing or reviewing their products. The same applies to all other manufacturers.

As Morocco’s weather is usually warm and hot, short and well ventilated gloves are more practical and that’s what we use most of the year. Besides, we also provide BMW certified off-road trainings and ride a fair amount off-road on our adventure tours, which also justify lighter gloves with a better feel for the controls.

We have a stock of gloves from various manufacturers that we provide to our customers in need. However, our guides mostly use the BMW GS gloves. We have been using these for over 8 years through the various ranges. Although the last one was not a durable piece (they lasted about a year before the stitching started to give up), the latest series is a great piece of equipment. They are soft enough to be extremely comfy but still offer ample protection. Once wet, they dry very quickly and do not get stiff once they dry. You have a very good feeling for the controls and they are easy to remove and put on.

Gloves

During the colder months (January and February), when temperatures are lower in Atlas and we even can have rain, we opt for the GS Dry glove. This new addition to the BMW product line is a waterproof Goretex glove that keep the hands warm in colder weather.

Obviously, we are not saying these are the best items on the market. We just share our experience. There are countries, where these gloves are perhaps too light or too warm, but in Morocco, you won’t need more than that.

There are several manufacturers that offer great summer gloves, at various price points. When choosing yours, make sure it fits well and provides a good feel for the controls. it should be well ventilated and have protection on the top of the fingers and knuckles, as well as proper padding on the palms. You should also ensure that the cuffs have a good fit – not too tight but not loose either and the glove must have an adjustable wrist strap to ensure it stays on in case you come off the bike. A glove is always an important element of your riding gear so make sure you choose wisely in terms of comfort and protection.

Wisdom Crew – what’s that about?

04, Sep, 2018

Wisdom crew is our new series of posts to show you what we use for our trips. We will cover bike accessories, photo and video equipment, clothing, safety gear and everything we use on the bikes you will ride or what our tour-guides pack and use for their rides.

Note that we are not paid for any of these posts. Our choices and selection are based on experience, ease of use, practicality and safety. We always strive to use the best or most practical items. Choice is sometimes limited in Morocco in terms of availability of brands, which means there might be identical or better options on the market that we do not know about or can not get access to.

Some of the gear or items are supplied by our partners, but those partnerships reflect our choice for the product. We do not and will not partner with any brand or company if we would think their products are not the best in the specific segment and for our use in Morocco.

So stay tuned for our opinion on everything related to our rides, and potentially your ride with us 🙂

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