Bikes are divided into three classes: Gold, Silver, Bronze – who follow the less difficult route. The conditions favour light two stroke machines and the event is normally won by a 250cc or 300cc Class machine.
- Any type of motocycle may be used.
- Trial tyres may NOT be used.
- Lights are optional but recommended.
Altitude – The altitude varies from 1,500 masl (meters above sea level) in the lowlands to nearly 3,000 masl in the mountains. Route – The route comprises sand and rock tracks with hard surfaces and donkey passes through mountain passes which are generally very steep and rocky. Several deep rivers may have to be crossed depending on weather conditions. Daytime temperature can be as high as 30 degrees so it is recommended to carry at least two litres of water.