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Thanks. I think you should post it again in Middle East forum, it´s very interesting. I will visit most of the places you said, but probably I will cross from Syria to Lebanon and from there to Jordan. I will tell you here how it goes.

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Atyrau to Beyneu is asphalt (some good asphalt, some not so good), except for about 30 km .. but they are working on it now. By next year its probably all asphalt to Beyneu

Beyneu to Nukus ... the first 150 km is dirt road, and the rest is asphalt.

There are no terrible roads here ... its all rideable.

Colebatch, do you think those dirt road stretches can be ridden astride a big dresser like the bike I currently own? (Ultra Classic Electra Glide)
If it does not deal with sand or potholes, maybe I could do it even with it...

What is your suggestion?
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Its fine ... the dirt road is very dry but there is no sand. Because it is so dry and no rain there, there are no real potholes either. Just light gravel and corrugations.

Your bike will be fine ... you could even do it on road tyres ... it will be a bit slower for you for that 150km than for someone on a lightweight bike with dirt tyres, but no problem.

To encourage you, Here is a picture of the lovely new road that goes from Kulsary to Beyneu! ...


A final note ... be careful on the uzbek asphalt ... there are a couple of long stretches where the bitumen has come up thru the asphalt and makes a slippery shiny surface on the road. Its actually very soft and slippery like oil. The Russian guys i was riding with immediately moved over and rode on the dirt shoulder of the road whenever we hit these slimy bitumen section.
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