Simmo, I've heard the same with Indo, but with a bit extra cash you might be allowed in??? Did you say your friend rode through Berma? If this is a choice we'll definetly give it a go. I'd much raster ride and ship as little as possible, especially if it's difficult from India.
Twit, is it easy enough to get into Bangladesh? Our itinery isn't rock solid, it's just a rough guide for the moment but we'll be taking about a year to 18 months as well. Are you going to do Vietnam and Indo? If so what bike are you riding? Do you know anything about not being allowed into countries with a bike larger than 250cc??
Keep us upto date with your trip, would love to hear how it's going.