If I thought too much about this trip, I'd have myself committed, as I know that the temperature in December in Russia will probably never go above -40.
I have never done this type of extreme winter travel before, so I'm flying by the frostbitten seat of my pants here.
Fortunatly I met a great group of Russian motorcyclists and sidecarists at this years EGT in Luxembourg, and have been invited to the Black bears Motorcycle Club of Russia Winter Rally north of Moscow the first week of December.
I was told "Murph, you just get here, we take care of everything, food, accommodation, everything". I spoke with my friend and Round the World motorcyclist Doug Wothke who has been through Russia 4 times, who attested that Russian hospitality is very well known. He said they will take care of everything too, that's what they're like there.