I am looking for advice from seasoned long distance riders to help prepare me for my longest motorcycle trip to date. I am departing from Singapore on May 25th, heading up to the Golden Triangle on my V-Strom 1000. I join my biking buddy and his Harley in Pinang on the 26th and from there we travel together to the GT. I have been riding bikes for 28 years, including 10 years in Singapore and Malaysia and would classify myself as having a reasonable level of riding proficiency and at least average street smarts. [hr] Given the background information above, my questions/concerns are: 1. Top ten 'must see' events or sites during the trip. 2. Top ten things to stay away from during the trip. 3. A concern about my friend being able to maintain a reasonable speed (120 KMH) for hours a day with no fairing or windscreen. (He, like myself, is not a hard core long distance rider.) 4. Expected road and weather conditions. 5. Is a Carnet and Thai insurance really required for Thailand? I have seen different messages on this subject. 6. Average speeds that are achieveable at different stages of the journey without paying off the Malaysian and Thai Police every 50 KM. 7. For those of you that know the V-Strom, a list of spares/tools that you would take - based on your experience. 8. I do not like the V-Strom gearing (17/41) for Singapore and I am thinking about changing it to 17/43 or 17/45. Would you leave it alone for the GT trip? 9. Top five mistakes made by new long distance riders. 10. Recommended bike to bike comms system. 11. Other thoughts? Thanks, in anticipation.