I see there are several riders in or near the Stans at the moment G B, bizoo_n, saralou, the Dominator guys. I'll be keeping an eye on these. It seems that it's fairly easy to travel within those countries - no carnet needed, fairly easy visa regimes (except Turkmenistan) - it's the getting there that needs the planning, I think. My preference would be avoiding Russia and Iran and take the Baku-Aktau ferry, which bizoo_n is about to take (and judging by reports, that's a saga in itself). If anyone has information about motorcycle insurance in those countries, like do you buy it at the border, I'm interested. I'm gradually making a list of sights to see, which must be ticked off one day. I'm especially interested in the Silk Road caravanserais - I've visited 25 of the old Seljuk ones in Turkey and would like to extend that east a bit.