Alexlebrit and RalphyDo check out the Ice Run at http://www.theadventurists.com/the-adventures/ice-run
Walter - another excellent report - thank you. I was in roughly the same area as you at the same time (although only briefly). I rode 8000 miles alone from Winchester, UK to Vladivostok in 16 days on a motorbike I bought from Ebay for £900. I wanted to prove that you don't need expensive kit to have an adventure.
BTW I had soft panniers which were okay, apart from getting off the bike every evening and putting back on in the morning. I'll invest in a pair of yours - lockable with a removable waterproof bag is definately the way to go.
I met up with Zhenya and Dimitry in Krasnoyarsk. You will remember them from your BAM trip. I sent on their regards to Tony P when I got back.
Thanks once again for a great RR.