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Road of Bones Motorcycle Tour: London to Magadan


105 DAYS

United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia & Russia: one of the world’s most scenic and historical motorcycle tours.

This evocative journey covers a quarter of the earth’s surface as we ride from the bustling, vibrant city of London to one of the most remote towns on earth, Magadan, Siberia. Be one of only a handful of adventure bikers to embark on this extraordinary, sometimes life changing, motorbike tour expedition into the incredible wilderness experienced on this ride.  Discover some of the world’s most remote, historical, yet stunning countries and celebrate with us as we ride into Magadan nearly four months after leaving London.

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Grade 5 Bike Tour

The road conditions vary wildly on this expedition. The roads across Europe are smooth and quick. We ride some freeways to cross Europe quickly and clients should be prepared for this; however we shall ride small valleys in Switzerland and Austria which can get a lot of traffic and be narrow.

The Russian roads can be very badly potholed and the Russian traffic can be aggressive at times, the might has the right really is the rule of thumb here.

The so called “Road of Death” in Kazakhstan is all but paved now but can be in terrible condition with massive potholes in some sections. Mongolia has only 400 km / 250 mi of paved road, the remainder is dirt and some of it a little difficult with shallow creek crossings and gravel sections. The eastern section of the Trans Siberian is still dirt (although this is being replaced by new paved road).



The Lena Highway once referred to as “the highway of hell” can be muddy and IS very rough and is mostly dirt. The “Roads of Bones” is without a doubt the most challenging riding, with sections of mud (if we get rain) washed out bridges corrugations and long distances through the forests.

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Distance: approx 28,500 km / 17,500 mi

Beyond Siberia – Road of Bones
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River crossing in Mongolia

A bridge on the Road of Bones

Riding the Road of Bones in autumn

R 1200 & F800 at sundown

Stunning road of Bones scenery

Happy to have a few Choco Pies for lunch

Difficult bridge

Our Accommodation

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London to Magadan
2018 Dates Tour Code Price (BYO Bike) Availability
20th May to 1st Sep 2018 LM/200518 Rider: US $30,990.00 AVAILABLE
Co-Rider: US $19,990.00 4 PLACES
Compass Bike Rental
BMW F 700 GS: US$ 115.00 per day
BMW F 800 GS: US$ 130.00 per day
BMW R 1200 GS: US$ 145.00 per day

Optional joining date:

This expedition can also be joined in Istanbul. This option is only available for those riding their own bikes. The cost of shipping your bike from the original start point, London, to Istanbul is not included in the tour price.

Istanbul to Magadan
Duration: 92 Days
2018 Dates Tour Code Price Availability
1st Jun to 1st Sep 2018 LM/010618 Rider: US $26,990.00 AVAILABLE
Co-Rider: US $14,690.00 4 PLACES


We take in some of the world’s most scenic regions as we cross Switzerland and the stunning Tyrol region of Austria. Crossing Hungary we enter the beautiful Romania, visiting Dracula’s castle along the way, before passing through Bulgaria and entering Turkey. We spend time in Istanbul, the crossroads of Asia, wandering the mosques and fantastic bazaars before riding out along the Black Sea coast and into an area littered with remnants of the once great Ottoman Empire. No ride to Turkey is complete without a visit to the Troglodyte region of Goreme. Crossing the Black Sea we enter the world’s largest country, Russia, via the mighty Caucasus as we ride for Moscow. Starting out on the longest highway on earth, the Trans Siberian, we soon depart Russia and enter the storybook lands of Central Asia, the home of Genghis Khan, Tamerlane and countless Silk Road traders as we ride across the vast empty and utterly silent Kazakh Steppe on our way to the jewel in the Silk Road crown, Uzbekistan.

Blazing deserts, inland seas, mighty mountains, stunning Islamic architecture and a vastness nobody thought could still exist in today’s world greet us as we ride these ancient trade routes. Wonderful Alpine valleys that tumble out of the Central Tien Shan Mountains provide us with memorable days of riding in Kyrgyzstan. Back on the Kazakh Steppe we once again enter Russia and rejoin the Trans Siberian as we ride on for the wonderful Lake Baikal, often described as the world’s most beautiful lake. Mongolia will leave you on a high as we ride this indescribably beautiful and remote land, the riding here provides us with a great introduction of what is to come. The Trans Siberian now turns to dirt as we ride east across Siberia before riding north toward the impossibly remote Yakutsk in the heart of Siberia.

Our last challenge is the infamous “Road of Bones” officially, the Kolyma Highway, this incredible ride travels over a thousand kilometres through the mountains to Magadan, on the Sea of Okhotsk . This is a road that has a tragic history yet is a road that will provide us with some of the most inspiring landscapes and challenging rides available, it truly is a challenge but one that is completely do-able with the right support. This expedition is another first being conducted by Compass Expeditions. For an experience that will stay with you forever, join us as we ride the “Road of Bones”.

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(please refer to “Client Info Kit” for more information)

  • Airport Transfers
  • Flight Magadan to Vladivostok
  • All Shipping included
  • Pre Expedition rider training
  • Mechanic and Medic will accompany us (Not necessarily qualified in these fields)
  • Incomparable list of sights and inclusions
  • Rental of F 650, F 800 or R 1200 GS bikes available
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • Breakfast’s everyday
  • Lunches and dinners as per tour option
  • 105 nights accommodation, hotels, Ger camps & camping
  • 1 bonus night accommodation
  • Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
  • Pre-departure material and route maps
  • Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Compass Expeditions dress shirt
  • Entrances to all national Parks as indicated in the “Client info Kit”
  • Excursions as indicated in the “Client info Kit”


(please refer to “Client Info Kit” for more information)

  • International flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Fuel
  • Personal spending money
  • Personal health insurance
  • Tips and gratuities


  •  73 nights Hotels up to 4 star, 4 nights Ger camp & 28 nights wild camping
  • A flexible attitude is needed as services in these extremely remote regions may not be what you are accustomed to.


  • On every day of the tour we include breakfast.
  • On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen.
  • We include mentioned dinners, 1 per week in reliable restaurants we have used many times before, & when camping cooked in our camp kitchen.


  • Please note that you will need to be in London one day prior to start of expedition.

It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition. Compass Expeditions has negotiated a 10% discount with various insurance providers, see Travel Insurance for details.

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Understanding The Tour Grade System

This ride grade system is a guide only and it should not be assumed that if a grade 4 ride, for example, is booked and a rider has had limited experience on dirt that it will be beyond them.

Likewise it should not be assumed that if a grade one ride is booked a rider is assured that no dirt will be ever encountered, governments love road works.

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