Originally Posted by Algarve Nick
Blimey, a Goldwing! And I've just questioned another posters suggestion I go on my B-King. What are the roads like? Do you know. I want to go to Japan.
Me and Bushman did our RTW last year from the UK but went westwards across USA then flew to Vladivostok (via Bejing) and waited for our bikes to arrive by container from Seattle. The first bikes we saw in Vlad (these had been ridden east from Netherlands across Russia) were two low slung Harleys - the next two bikes to arrive in the car park were ANOTHER two Harleys ridden by two Fins from near Helsinki (called themselves "The Old Farts"). We also saw two small scooters along the route pretty much proving that you can do it on pretty much anything. As Bushman says the journey will not centre on the actual ride but more upon the interaction with the locals along the way - wonderful people.
As for the road being busy... not really, some days you can travel for a few hours and only see a handful of vehicles (mostly ferry drivers delivering cars inland from Vladivostok). Now and again you might hit a pocket of traffic, mostly caused by the many half hour waits at level crossings waiting for trains to pass.
... And as Tony has also mentioned - many sections of the road are just mind numbingly boring with precious little change in scenery.
You can get some idea of what to expect along the way from my blog Round the World in 80 Ways
- 8th July 2011 onwards covers the Russian journey (Vladivostok itself between 9th June and 7th July)