Explorer rides

Europe the Stans and China

Free spirited motor vehicle overlanding

motoexplorers silk road china expeditions

Bishkek – China border

‘Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan – the best stans’

Motorcycle, truck, bike or bus – Europe, west to East, Russia plus a complete Explorers lap of mighty Kazakhstan., a fabulous Country the size of Europe!  Big Skies, big lands, everything’s bigger in Kazakhstan – it’s like you need to retrain your eyes to see further!

  You will not meet many riders and travellers who have experienced such a vast challenging journey of the ‘Stans’. We travel the less risky Countries, i.e avoiding the ‘Afghans’ and opting instead for the north silk routes through Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, 2 contrasting Countries, both absolutely brilliant places to travel through by vehicle.

I’ve travelled a lap of Kazakhstan before, it’s not as hard as your mind might imagine – once you set of you will soon find yourself at the border gate of China!


World Motorcycle expeditions

china motorbike rider

Ride/drive to the China border, continue through China or return to Europe

You can do the ride back to Europe or continue through Asia
Plenty of flexibility, so please get in touch to discuss.

 Silk Road  2022 / 2023
China Europe

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Kosovo,
Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, UK
30-40 Days

Motorcycles located in Asia, China, Hong-Kong can be freighted to Kashgar 
Or You can start the ride from China to UK, from either; Laos Mohan border or Kunming China.

Route, China to UK, West to East

Kazakhstan motorcycles on tour

‘The Stans and back’ ride is for those looking to achieve the journey up to China, whilst avoiding a good chunk of the costs and complexities, with more time and freedom to explore a little more ‘off-Grid’

BMW GS R80 motorcycle scouting tour in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan Moto Explorers

UK, Europe to Bishkek & the China Torugart border
& ride back to UK / Europe

It’s shown as an ‘Explorer trip’ just because it may involve a few un-predicatble adventures, that’s Kazakhstan! – A vast Country which I’ve travelled a few loops of and do know quite well though! both north & south silk routes and on the Explorer rides, you can choose either option.  (return to Europe south route, or options to go solo, on a faster north route)

moto road Kazakhstan

An Epic overland Adventure – a journey that not too many have ventured.
Having said that, Kazakhstan is actually a very well civilised Country, it’s the size of Europe with no enemies and plenty of nice hotels.

It’s one of the great last frontier travel adventures remaining, that hardly anyone will ever do, how about you? a complete lap of Kazakhstan to China, experiencing a calmness and scale you just won’t find anywhere else.

Kyrgyzstan Explorer

The upcoming book – will include a Kazakhstan map from Route1Million enabling you to discover some hidden treasures of the east, literally!

It’s still a long way from Europe & you’ll need to be adaptable, open minded, tolerant of other cultures & above all, willing to take a chance and a little rough with the smooth. 

Kazakhstan – a Country the size of Europe, wild – open nomadic lifestyle,
vast dry grasslands interspaced by modern cities with all facilities.

silk road motorcycle touring mountain rides

To continue riding through China see: Trans China motorbiking ride stage 

Riding to Kazakhstan-China border | Kyrgyzstan Explorer

It goes without saying travellers must be confident in their own abilities to travel long distances and set their own pace.  Be comfortable to high temperatures & accepting to take responsibility for themselves in some remote regions. If you are prepared and accepting of different cultures & environments, you will find these journeys enjoyable, extremely rewarding and well within the capabilities of normal well prepared adventure motorcyclist.

Much of this ride is on normal asphalt surfaces, with occasional rougher loose surfaced roads, or dry grassland fields to the side of the roads.

yurt camp Kyrgyzstan
road to Tash Rabat


email for more details
Steve Hotson

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Based: Lincoln, UK
Steve Hotson / MotoExplorer

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