Great, this is just what I wanted. Actually, secure parking is always going to be a pretty serious issue, I am a bit worried about that.
What's the traffic like in Istanbul now- it was horrendous when I was there, I'd hate to come off my bike in that traffic. All the vehicles (Mercs and Peugeots made up 95percent of the cars) were battered to hell and nobody gave a shit about collecting a couple more dents.
Incidentally- can anybody give me some idea of how long it would take to get from the UK to Istanbul? I've had a look at the Iron Butt website and that's got a lot of sound advice regarding riding long distances. I hope to have the sense to enjoy the scenery along the way. I haven't looked up the route I took all those years ago, but I think we followed a main route from Paris, it might have been the E6 if that makes sense. Can anybody tell me where a spectacular gorge, somewhere in the old Yugoslavia, possibly South of Nis(?) might be on this road, the memory I have is of the road either cut into the side or tunnelled, and the sides were of white rock (chalk?) Any suggestions as to a better route, and worthwhile detours, anybody?
PS, Pantrybear; thanks again for the reply. It doesn't matter, really, but what sort of engineer? (A few people have given their occupation as engineer but they often don't say what kind, no offence)