Thanks Eric! It was an amazing experience, 15 days, deadly animals, an angry turtle, and possible imprisonment. My write-up is too long for the forum, but if you are curious its HERE.
Not sure where the British group are coming from, many people have crossed it, nowadays most go around it. It's getting safer to drive in the gap now, but without roads you do need a team to do it and a long time. Light bikes are best. I plan on going back someday and doing it. I was going to on this trip, but going solo with a large bike is asking for trouble.
Still, all of it was awesome! My next trip is going to be more intense though for sure.