Although this is something we’ve been thinking about for some time, some of the trip preparation can only be done closer to the date of departure. We’ve had the bikes for a while already and despite showing over 50,000 miles each, this mileage is mainly from commuting and bike holidays. We’ve been doing the majority of servicing and repairs on the bikes ourselves to get a better understanding of the mechanical side of things and this has given us some comfort and confidence to be able to tackle roadside repairs should they arise.

The major hassle with a trip of this nature is the documentation required in terms of visas and carnets. So far, this seems to be just a case of following procedure and we’re aiming to get as many visas sorted before we leave the UK. This is all a new to us and we’re drawing upon the knowledge and experience of other travelers to help with our preparations.