Greetings from Italy :-)
Tim Cullis I do not want be insensitive me too.
I am so sorry but English is not my mother tongue so I try to write my message more understandable as possible also for non English speaking people, as you can see there is the text in French and maybe it will be added also in Spanish in the future. I have several motorbikes and the model I told, old but reliable is Moto Morini Kanguro 350 CC. I have been to Cappadocia(Turkey) without any problem, so I think it is reliable, the engine also works without battery, maybe does not do for you but, believe me in certain countries like Macedonia, Montenegro or Albania, it makes the difference. I have also participated to an organized mototouring in Romania the motorbike with more problems, abs, battery, catalyzer was a Bmw too sophisticated. . The brand could be not an absolute guarantee if you drive in certain countries. In my opinion a motorcycle traveller is worth of respect despite the brand, and the age of the motorbike He has. A challenge for you I am also looking for companions: Cape North(Norway) to Odessa(Ukraine) passing from Russia summer 2007, so I shall be happy to show my motorcycle is old but reliable
Cheers and thanks for your suggestions