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Old 17 Apr 2013
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Planing a Motorbike-Tour from India to Germany - What to consider?

Hi,

So I am planning a trip from India to Germany (most likely: [pos. Nepal to buy a bike] - India-Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran-Turkey-…-Germany) – approx. 7000 km (see Picture for Approximate route).



I currently live in Seoul, Korea and will return to Germany in 2 Months. I have previously done an extensive Bike tour in Europe but I don’t think that it can be compared to the one I am planning to do… - no gas stations, workshops, spare parts, English, and not to forget about the visas!!!!!

The problem is that I will need to buy a motorcycle (my bike at home is not made for this kind of tour – Ducati . As I found out its apparently is very hard to legally buy a motorcycle in India (one needs to be a legal resident there) and it can be done illegally in someone else’s name but I think that might be a bad idea in respect to all the boarder crossings… But apparently in Nepal I could legally buy a bike and get all the required paperwork filled out (carnet de passage, insurance …)

I also found out that apparently most overlanders avoid Afghanistan but then again Pakistan - Iran border area is now fraught with danger as the Baluchis are kidnapping travellers for ransom - in March two young Czech women were taken from a bus by armed men and have not been heard of since… - is there some real danger of that happening (or is it like with plane crashes)?

Now to my questions:

Is my research correct?

Will I have to get a new insurance policy in every country I visit?

I know Germany for example has some very strict rules on the amount of pollution, noise ect. Will this be a problem when going into Europe?

What bike would you recommend (I am really not planning to ride it in Europe after the trip) - 175 Honda twin , Kawasaki 150 or 250 road/trail?

Has anyone of you done anything similar – if yes please give me some advice?

Also how long do you think this will take me (aprox.)?

What else do I have to consider?


If I go through with it I will def. share my story on advrider!!!

Thanks a lot in advance!
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If you haven't bought the bike yet, highly recommend you;

NEVER start your trip the way you are planning because you have wrong bike choices,wrong route planning, visa problems,Iran vehicle entrance problems between 22.may and 22.June (not clear how it will be afterwards) and wrong or no information about countries in your mind.

Dont get my words wrong and strange..Friendly talking and always beside adventure travellers outside their home lands...

Wish you all the best..
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I don't think 7000 road kilometers will bring you to Germany from Nepal. To Turkey, or even Greece, maybe.

If you're worried about safety in western Pakistan, I doubt that routing via Afghanistan will erase this kind of worries.
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If you haven't bought the bike yet, highly recommend you;

NEVER start your trip the way you are planning because you have wrong bike choices,wrong route planning, visa problems,Iran vehicle entrance problems between 22.may and 22.June (not clear how it will be afterwards) and wrong or no information about countries in your mind.

Dont get my words wrong and strange..Friendly talking and always beside adventure travellers outside their home lands...

Wish you all the best..
Hi,

thanks for your answer.

I am actually much further in the planing process:
got the Iranian Visa code (I am going after the elections) + Nepal Visa + Indien Visa

but Pakistani Visa is still being processed

My new rout - still very rough:


Got the Motor cycle thing figured out: Royal Enfield or Yamaha rx (from heartsandtears - who will help me with the paper work)


I would say its looking much better now
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Hi,

You dont need a big bike to do a big trip

http://reisemotorrad.eu

If you get the visas right you can do it. Hope you post your story online. Im planing a simular trip

enjoy it, Tobi
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Any Recient News on this trip

Any updates on this trip
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