Maybe this will take some of the heat off Raphael?
I'd be a little worried about ending up under the wheels of a cage, but good for him for tackling such an adventure. It's a long thread, so here are some of the highlights:
Page 1: December 2005--He first floats the idea on advrider.com.
Page 16: December 2006--BMW decides to provide him with a new bike for the trip.
Page 19: January 1, 2007--the ride begins.