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.
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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Rotten luck Jon; you should have bought a Hilux!! and maybe this time it sounds like a flat top is one of your best options?
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey Inc. (pic below)
Toyota Caddesi No:2 54580 Arifiye
Tel:+90 264 295 0 295 Best give them a call, they might know if anyone is closer to you.
Fax:+90 264 295 1 295
E-Mail: iletisim "at" toyotatr "dot" com
Toyota İletişim Merkezi
+90 212 354 0 354
Toyota Türkiye Pazarlama ve Satış A.Ş.
Cumhuriyet Mahallesi E5 Yanyol No:11 Kartal 34876 İSTANBUL
You might also contact Mehmet on here- and/or other members of the Turkish communities.
1. Recovery Truck
I need to transport my LC to a mechanic to fix it. Currently it sitting at the border on the Turkish side waiting for me to move it. I suspect moving it to Istanbul is the most likely option. I'm trying to get some quotes at the moment but it looks expensive. Do you have any contacts that could help?
I need a reliable toyota mechanic to un-install the current gearbox, transmission and torque converter and replace with another one? Bertrand gave me a couple of contacts to try and I'm trying to find some more. Do you have any contacts that could recommend a good mechanic in Istanbul?
3. Replacement Parts
I believe my best option is to import secondhand gearbox, transmission and torque converter from the UK. I have the parts already available. I just need to decide where to send them. A call to the Toyota in Erzurum seem to confirm that parts are difficult to find in Turkey. Unless you know of somebody that might have secondhand parts I think I have this issue covered.
4. Customs / Import Tax Process
My understanding is that the parts may take time and cost money to clear customs. Maybe anything over $150 usd will be stopped and a fee required. The value of my second hand parts might be approx $1000 usd though I think I can reduce this figure. Can you advise what the best process is to clear customs quickly? Do you know what the tax % is required? Maybe I can reduce value of the parts? Do I need to go to customs in Istanbul as soon as they arrive to pay any fee?
If anybody else in Turkey or out for that matter can help I'm all ears.
For the meantime my truck is sitting and relaxing at the border where I pushed it to last night. Less than 100m from Iran. :-)
If anybody has any contacts or recommendations for Toyota mechanics in Greece I'd be interested to hear as well.
Due to Turkish customs regulations I can not leave Turkey without my car unless I leave it with customs. Suffice to say I can't then get it fixed while I'm out of the country. As I might have to return to the UK getting my car into the EU (ie Greece) is an option I'm considering.
It also means less hassles with freighting my secondhand parts to an EU country rather than Turkey which could be a little unpredictable time and cost wise with respect to customs clearance.
I'm currently looking into freight options to Greece as a result and thus the need for a mechanic.
We are connected on facebook..working on it.Urgent information sent.
New year holiday here so hopefully additional opportunity details will be clear
As a general information for everybody who may be under same bad conditions for the vehicle in Turkey..( in need of 210 kg.engine parts)
1-Always better to have huge spare parts sent from Europe to a country inside eu. borders.Here,You have to hire a customs agent and 2-3 days needed for paperwork which may cost about 750 usd. plus %25 (%18 VAT)of invoice value for partial (LCW.) shipment to Turkey discluding staying expenses..
Turkey is about 3-4 times more expensive than İran.
If you choose Turkey for spare parts delivery, your name and number plate must be on the invoice to choose the correct GTIP.
(Customs Tariff Statistics Position.)
The price written on the invoice is not important as the market price on customs comp.programme will be accepted as the tax base..
Also it will be quite expensive to get the car from east bordergate to İpsala/greece bordergate. (Almost 1.900 km.)
You will have to hire a private truck because
İstanbul-Tehran (IRAN)Train line has lost connection between istanbul and Ankara division after the big fire of Haydarpaşa Station.
TOYOTA has a car production plant in Adapazarı-Turkey and many official services available countrywide..
Besides this, many good mechanics available in big cities who run private workshops for engine repairs and their prices are more competitive.
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