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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Folks, here's a bit of information that might help you save a lot of trouble with Dangerous Goods forms:
Under IATA and ICAO regulations, the air carrier is strictly forbidden from filling in the DG form on behalf of the shipper. But, this means that they cannot put the pen to the paper themselves.
There is, however, no rule that prevents the air carrier staff from explaining to you how YOU should fill in the form - for example, telling you where the information goes, and so forth. In other words, it is perfectly OK for them to guide you, be nice, answer your questions, as long as they are not "prompting" you or "guiding your hand" in any way.
A motorcycle is classified as a "Vehicle, Flammable Liquid Powered", and has a UN classification number of 3166. This information needs to go on the DG form, so remember it.
It also needs a class 9 (miscellaneous) diamond shaped DG sticker, which the shipper will usually (though not always) provide.
The rest of the info required on the form is pretty much self-explanatory.
Pan European is correct, "some" helpful Airline cargo Offices will explain how to fill out a D.G. form. I have done a few now and they are all standard (I keep copies).
The latest regulations, However, call for a 24Hour Emergency number on the form. This "legally" eliminates the private shipper. But... if you have a mobile phone... you are automatically informed of any problem with your shipment. Its usually bad news though... Cheers, Cameron
The 24 hour emergency phone number requirement should not restrict or inconvenience the private shipper in any way.
The requirement, which was introduced a few years ago, applies to all shipments of DG's. It is intended to provide airline personnel with a source of information about how to handle problems encountered enroute with DGs' - for example, if some chemical with a name 50 letters and 10 syllables long leaks, how do you clean it up, and what precautions do you take?
For a motorcycle (or, more correctly, a 'vehicle, flammable liquid powered), just about any fool can figure out that it has some residual gasoline in it, some motor oil, and a wet cell battery. It's pretty doubtful that the airline would ever call your emergency number to get urgent advice about what precautions to take if the bike fell over in the belly of the plane.
Just give them your parent's number, or your brother or sister's number, or any other residential number where it is likely the phone will be answered H24. Tell the family member that the object you are shipping is a functional motorcycle. That will more than meet the letter and the spirit of the regulations.
NB: If the motorcycle is broken down and crated, and has NO FLUIDS in it of any kind (no brake fluid, no fuel, no battery, no coolant, no front fork fluid, no air in the tires, no nothing), then it isn't DG, it's automotive parts.
When i flew my bike Melbourne to Amsterdam I was told that if the bike had been used it was DG. It wasn't enough to drain fluids. That oil had been in the cases and fuel in the tank was enough.
With the DG certificate it flew with a quarter of a tank of petrol, battery connected and in place, just strapped securely into its crate with a this way up sign. DG formalities were easier than the fluid hassles.
Thanks to everyone who gave help with this.
We are going to the UK then on to Santander, Spain, via sea ferry. We will then a ride around the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal, Spain, Andorra, returning to Santander along the French/Spanish border mountain route. Depature set for May 21 to UK, 25th to Spain return when the cash runs out.
Just a note on D.G.s When I flew my bike from Auckland back to Vancouver in 2003, it went Air New Zealand to L.A. then supposed to be Air Canada to Van. My emergency number was called by a conscientiuos Air New Zealand cargo handler in L.A. when Air Canada refused to carry the bike because the weight was written down as "net" not "Gross" on the D.G. form (it was unpalleted, so that was the gross weight).
After four Days of Air Canada refusing to fly it (dozens of phone calls, and they weigh it before it goes on anyway) I contacted Cathay Pacific, who had it in Vancouver six hours later...
Or, more to the point, another reason to use a handling service. Although I work in the industry, I would not ship the bike by myself (meaning, myself as a shipper) - just about every time it has been airfreighted in the past, something has happened, and it sure has been nice to just phone Gail at Motorcycle Express and ask her to look after it for me...
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