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!
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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.
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I'm interested in a CA plated bike (conveniently, I'm also a CA resident) that is located in Panama City. What is the proper process (or maybe 'sufficient' is a better word) to get the bike and I out of the country without issue? I don't mind getting creative with Photoshop, but it's my understanding that the seller would need to check the bike out of the country and then I would check it back in...?
Following the transaction I will head north before looping back down and crossing the Gap. Searches didn't return the answer. Thanks for any help you can offer
it's my understanding that the seller would need to check the bike out of the country and then I would check it back in...
Right. So what's your question? Head for the C.R. border with the seller and your photoshopped documents, then do what needs to be done. Make sure the price is properly discounted to allow for the risks you're taking.
One alternative: re-register it in person in your home state, California. Airfare is not so expensive, considering.
Another possibility: Last I knew there was no one to ensure that you cancel your TVIP when leaving Panama by boat (i.e., towards Colombia). As long as you don't plan to return--an important consideration--you could easily do a TVIP into Colombia under your own name. That doesn't allow you to ride north (west, actually), before heading for Colombia.
Good answer, thanks. Here's a question: I plan on selling the bike after riding South America. I know I can get around with forged paperwork, but when the time comes to sell I have a feeling many people wouldn't be keen on such a situation...not to mention the plates will be expired by then. I don't want to fly back to CA. Can I get a statement notarized that says I give someone else (for instance my brother) permission to act as my proxy in registering the bike in person at the DMV? Previously when registering a bike in CA there has never been any type of inspection, thus I don't believe the bike needs to be present.
Short answer "be very careful"!
If luck is on your side you can get away with anything, I helped a guy in Panama who did this, bought a bike very cheap & ended up paying another $2500 for problems that occured afterwards.
don't forget if you fix the title you still have to take possesion of the bike in no mans land as the TIP & insurance are not in your name & you have no TIP stamp in your passport.
Only the person named on the TIP can ride the bike. Do not try fixing TIP s, it doesn't work, if you get stopped the bike goes straight to the compound. Panama is one of the few places that stamps the vehivle in your passport. (Honduras is another).
If the vendor does not cancel the stamp he may not be allowed to leave, just depends how awake the immigration guy is!!
Anyone can go to the California DMV and change the title into your name, provided they have the original title signed by the previous owner. I have done this for a friend. You will need an address in CA to have the title mailed to you.
Once you have the title there are side roads at Paso Canoas that allow you to get the bike out of Panama and into C.R. without going through the Aduana on the Panama side. You will need to go to Panamanian immigration, but you can park your bike and just walk up to the window. Then ride the back streets into C.R., go to the C.R. Aduana and do the C.R. import paperwork. C.R. Aduana does not check if the bike has been checked out of Panama. From there, you can ride north.
I'm not sure what will happen if you try to re-enter Panama with the bike. They may be able to see from the VIN that the bike was previously imported and not cleared. But you can claim ignorance and blame the previous owner for not clearing the old TIP.
The previous owner can leave via airplane. At the airport there is no immigration check on departing passengers.
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