The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
We're not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown a hobby into a full time job and a labour of love.
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Horizons Unlimited presents!
Achievable Dream The definitive guide to planning your motorcycle adventure! This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series. "The ultimate round the world rider's how-to DVD!" MCN UK.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
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Yes, that's the Malaysian AA. Try emailing erly [at] aam.org.my . The Swiss Touring Club also does carnets for non-residents, you need to use the search on HUBB to find the details. And yes, do ask Paul Gowen.
Check with Customs, you can do a temporay import into Australia by paying a security deposit. Securities
Securities can also be used for the temporary import of goods. A Customs Officer with the appropriate delegation will decide if the intended use and ownership of the goods satisfies the temporary import requirements. The security may be in the form of cash or a bank guarantee. In some circumstances Customs may accept an undertaking from a suitable client. The security is an amount equal to the duty and taxes that would have been payable at import.
Goods that may be imported under security include any goods that may be accepted under carnet, plus goods owned by tourists or temporary residents, or goods that are coming to Australia to be tested and evaluated or to be used in testing and evaluation.
To import goods using a security you apply using a Form 46 (for goods under Section 162) or Form 46aa (for goods under Section 162A).
Another provision for the temporary import of goods exists for goods that are brought into Australia for repair or alteration, not including industrial processing. This is covered by Schedule Four of the Customs Tariff Act 1995 (by-law 9640055) and goods are entered under a Section 42 security.
For entry under any of these types of securities, copies of normal commercial import documents such as invoices, packing lists, bills of lading or air waybills, quarantine certificates and other documents that verify eligibility should be lodged with the application. Any permits that would normally be required for these goods must also be obtained. If your goods qualify and if an acceptable security or undertaking has been given to Customs we will grant permission for the goods to be delivered. You will also need to lodge a Customs declaration for the goods.
The law was amended late last year and came into effect (I think May 2009) requiring carnets for tourist's vehicles - the carnet exempts vehicles from having to get Australian Design Rule compliance, whereas the vehicle import approval scheme required ADR compliance. Its now a legislated requirement and there are no exemptions allowed.
I might add that the same legislation now requires Australian owned vehicles going out of Australia to get a carnet before Customs will allow it back into Australia. They have gone mad in Canberra!!
Well, no, it's not quite like that .....
I've just brought my Tassie reg'd bike back in from the States, arrived 27 November. Had to apply to import it!!! Yaarrrrk! After myriads of phone calls, eventually got to speak with someone in Canberra who understood logic (and the utter stupidity of what the bureauratic bunglers wanted me to do), and who then assisted me greatly and expeditiously.
I needed a photo of the ADR/compliance plate (the bike was still in the Qantas (Brisbane) warehouse, but Qantas staff were fabulous, and took the photo for me!!), ID docs, copies of the current and previous registration papers, the waybill from the outbound flight (to prove it had left Oz originally) and the multi-page Vehicle Import Application form. Instead of the usual **17** days, he authorised it's entry in just ONE day! But then he posted the approval letter to my home in Tassie - I was in Brisbane!! Oops! But he did a certified copy and sent it to me in Brisbane.
But, overall, had I known about these new rules that came in in March 2009, I could have done all the paperwork over the internet and had everything ready and waiting for when I arrived. BTW, for Australians returning home, there is absolutely NO NEED to use an [ripoff] agent! It is easy enough to do yourself, and the Customs staff will usually help, if you need help with anything.
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