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Old 12-24-2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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From Italy to Japan through Balcans, Caucasus and Russia

Hello, my name is Francesco, I'm 26 and I come from Italy, near Firenze (Florence).
I'm planning my "life trip" for the next year, leaving in may/june from Italy, to far East Asia, hopefully to Japan, but who knows...
No bonds, no prerogatives, hopefully for how long I like (depending on money).
This is the route that I thought some time ago, the only great doubt is about the BAM road, I'm willing to find someone to travel with, there..



I'd like to spend my time not only wandering but also visiting great places; I will leave anyway, doesn't matter if I'll be alone; the trip will be as low cost as possible, like max 3000€ to get to far east Asia.

I will ride my special bike made by a Super Ténéré 750, now it's my Hyper Ténéré 850.



Any advice, story to tell about..etc..I will appreciate it, thanks!

Oh, by the way...Merry Christmas to everyone!
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Old 12-24-2013, 10:47 AM   #2
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Merry Christmas, good luck and have fun on your adventure!
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:20 PM   #3
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That looks like a really cool trip. And a really cool bike!!!

Good luck...sorry, I can't provide any help/experience....besides well wishes!
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:58 PM   #4
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Is anyone heading south to Copper Canyon and beyond this winter? Wanting to ride thru CC over to the east side of Gulf and take ferry to Baja side and up to US then back to Tucson area. Anyone interested?
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:13 PM   #5
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That's a beautiful bike Francesco!! Please share more pics of it :cool:

good luck!

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Old 12-29-2013, 10:59 AM   #6
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Here is the story of the bike-modifications: http://www.sognandoriente.it/special-la-storia/

And here a pic gallery: http://www.sognandoriente.it/galleria/

However, I think that the most important part of the trip will be the russian crossing; I mean, the most difficult to plan.

I'm going to prepare the right visa, maybe the multi-entrance visa (business) is too much expensive, and I'll opt for the double entrance, avoiding to enter the Kazakhstan.

There will be 2 focus points in Russia, the BAM road and the island of Sakhalin.

I have read about the BAM road and I know that it is crossable in about 10 days, with some mechanical and off road skills it's not so bad.

I've also talked about it with Peter Foulkes, that made it with a friend, with 2 suzuki drz, and he gave me some tips but any other advice is welcome.

But I don't know anything about Sakhalin, how did I get there and from where to where can I ride?

Thanks to everyone.

ps do you advice me to transfer the thread in the right section? Maybe EMEA or Asia Pacific?
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:22 AM   #7
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Hi
I will be doing a similar trip to Georgia (then back round the top of the Black Sea) in late May early June

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Old 12-31-2013, 03:54 AM   #8
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I will be doing a similar trip to Georgia (then back round the top of the Black Sea) in late May early June

Stay in touch
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Sounds good, yeah let's keep in touch, I've added some contact informations in my signature.
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:46 AM   #9
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Will do, i must mention i'm English but have lived in France for 9 years, i'll be on either a 2010 660 tenere or a 1996 DR650
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