After much back and forthing, I have decided to ride to Darwin from Sydney, then fly the bike to KL or Vietnam. I have been to Malaysia and Thai. before, but never to Viet. Cam. or Laos, so don't mind missing there.
I would like to go through China, maybe India and into Russia. After that, whether I go through Iran, or continue into Eastern Europe, I don't know yet.
Somewhere along the (crooked) line I need to go into Egypt, having lived there for a few years, then down through Africa. I was planning to ride from Cape Town to Egypt, but I have since turned this into an RTW.
I will be doing this on my '08 BMW f650 gs after the bugs are ironed out and and I am equipped with what (I think) I need. I figure I could be ready around Sept./Oct '09. But, will I hit the wet season in Oz on my way to Darwin.
There are some things I will need to know, like getting my bike to KL or Ho Chi Minh. Other practical matters concerning equipping of the bike I hope to have well sorted out by the time I get to Darwin.
Travelling is not new to me, but by bike, this is a first. I don't have a time schedule, I only need to come back to Oz next year to apply for the pension (extra funds to keep me on my merry way). This trip will continue until it ends, wherever that may be, because after numerous attempts to settle down, I have given up. While I was travelling South America, I realized, you cant' see it all, but you can cover more on a bike.
So, I will be coming with more questions as time nears, but for now, any opinions on whether is better to go Nam, China, Russia or Laos, Bangkok and ship to India (or somewhere).