Thanks for all the replies and encouragement.
: I bought this bike for the trip and it is registered in Germany
: I've just been to Lebanon riding ... a snowboard. So I will give it a miss on this trip.
(Murat): Thanks for the offer. I'll be passing through Ankara on my way back from Iran. I'll have to have a service there as the bike is still under warranty. I'll love to get in touch. I'll give you a shout as I get closer.
As far as the Ten goes, I won't pass judgment until I'm back home safely. So far so good, runs like a champ.
Those who have asked for higher res pix, just click on them and you shall see.