The biggest problem for most foreign travelers who go to Siberia is the language barrier. In the previous section we wrote that spare parts can/should be ordered in advance, but people in Siberia do not know English as a rule. As a result, relatively simple task turns into a quest, how to explain want you want and be sure you are understood, and your spare parts will be waiting for you when you arrive?
If you travel with us its simple, if you ride alone modern gadgets and online services simplify this story a little, but, nevertheless, our advice: before you start your trip make a list of contacts of local tour companies, dealers, bikes stores, services and motor clubs, and write or call them, introduce yourself, warn that you are planning to stop by them, find out if they have spare parts for your motorcycle. At the same time, you will understand who speaks English and can help you if necessary. Rule #4
. Going to Siberia make sure you have help list with all contacts of local motorcycle clubs, service stations, biker friendly guesthouses/bikeposts in case of trouble you will need help. Weather
The weather in Siberia can change quickly. In summer it's usually warm, +20-25 degrees, but it can be both very hot (+35-40 C) or cool (+10 C), you can face fire forests or strong and long rains. Be ready for this, make sure your equipment does not let water through (there is gore-tex or other similar technology), or you have a rain coat and motor boot covers.
In general, going to Siberia is better to take more warm clothes with you just in case. Thermal underwear, high warm socks, windproof jacket (windstopper), neck protection with windstopper, warm gloves, a raincoat (even if you have gore-tex riding gear you can wear it its its cold weather as another layer of clothing). Rule #5
. Good riding gear is a must. Hotels
There are no problems with hotels in major cities along Transsib but be ready that good places will be booked in advance. And between Chita and Blagoveshchensk there will be a section of 1600 km where there is not a single city, in this section you can only stay at a roadside motel, which you can book only directly by phone call, they are not present on booking.com.
Is it possible to travel with a tent? It is possible, but there are no camping sites in Russia, so be prepared to put up a tent in a field or in a forest, without electricity, water and other amenities. Rule #6
. Book hotels in advance, especially for such areas as BAM, Road of Bones. Cash/paying with bank card
In large cities and along Transsib cards are accepted almost everywhere, in all cities it is easy to find an ATM. The limit of issue in Russian ATMs with foreign cards, as a rule, is 100 euros / dollars per transaction, you will not be able to withdraw a large amount of money, so always keep 500-700 euros in cash with you just in case. If you use secondary roads, be prepared for the fact that the cards will not be accepted everywhere and as you move East, nowhere at all, so take cash with you. Rule #7
. Take with you 500-700 euros of cash, the rest can be left on the card, which you will pay wherever you can Diseases, mosquitoes / ticks
There are no viral infections and epidemics in Siberia and you do not need any special vaccinations, however there are many mosquitoes and ticks (in some areas) from which you need to have means of protection. The most dangerous are ticks, which are sometimes can be carriers of encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). Ticks live in the forests in the grass and on the leaves of trees. When you walk through the forest, they can fall on your head or crawl into a shoe. If you are planning to walk in the forest, wear a bandanna / cap, long-sleeved T-shirt and high-toed sneakers / boots.
In general, if you do not walk around the taiga forests ticks are not a big danger, but if you plan to use secondary roads and spend nights in a tent, then the vaccination will not hurt (must be done 6 months before the trip). Rule #8
. Don't walk in the Siberian forests without a reason and if you do this check for ticks in the evening