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!
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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.'
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Unbelievable, lockable top box pannier stolen of fell off today travelling from Santa Cruz - 150 miles down hwy1 in big sur -stopped for gas, filled her up, got a coffee, approached the bike and noticed it was gone!
Laptop and clothes, all gone. Anyone know how long it might take to get a UK passport re-issued, I have a copy of that and other paperwork luckily.
Will call embassy tommorrow, site says 10-12 days turnaround!! Got a spanish course starting in 10 days in Mexico - just to add pressure to my poor head.
Thanks for any help, going to drink some tea and chill out.
You might find that the loss of the passport is not as great a problem for border crossings Canada-America-Mexico as you may first think. It is possible that if you have sufficient other picture ID (driver's licence, etc.) and photocopies of your passport, the Mexicans will let you in if you explain what happened. Reason I say this is because Canadians and Americans don't need passports to enter Mexico, so it's not too much of a stretch to imagine a border official letting you in also, because having people present a passport at the land border crossing into Mexico is the exception, not the routine.
Whether the Americans would let you back into the USA or not is another question...
You could try to back track to your last stop and try to find the missing panner. Unlickly, but possable. Also call the local sheriff office in the counties you went through. Someone may have found it and turned it in. Again not likly, but it is worth a shot. I recentl dropped my ATM card and it was turned in, so don't lose hope yet.
Thanks to a HU meet last year in Derbyshire, I did scan my docs to a safe location on the internet. Thanks Grant, it made my doc retrieval speedier. Got my passport back today - 4 days after I reported it stolen from the consulate. Now just got to wait for the driving lic. and registration docs.
Anyone know if a need the international drivers lic. to get through Mexico to Argentina (I know it is a lot of countries to consider)
Been calling the Highway patrol every day - no sign of it yet.
Good to hear the idea works too! You won't need the international drivers licence - it's good to have, but unlikely to need it. Get it when you can, but don't sweat it. So long as you have your national drivers licence and registration - errmmm photocopies that is - you'll be fine. NO need for the originals unless you've really blown it big time and in jail... and probably not even then.
By the way, the documents should always be on YOU - as you discovered, the container can be lost, or someone could steal the whole bike.
Keep a muggers wallet in an easily accessible and obvious pocket to protect the real docs, (well hidden in a very slim wallet under your clothing,) and short of a strip search that's the safest you can get.
The loss of the laptop is a bummer - I have heard of other top boxes coming off, and even saw one fly off over a big tope in Ecuador, right past the shocked rider.
I like to keep my laptop in the saddlebag, in close to the bike. Less risk of crash damage or loss.
To get an international drivers lic here in the states go to a AAA office with two passport photo's that you can get taken anywhere. It costs about $20.00 US if I remember right. I'm not sure if they issue you one since your not a US citizen, but it wont hurt to ask if you want one.
Did you ever check with Cal-Trans or the county maintence crews about finding your box? They do the maintence and clean-up on the highways and do not communicate with the police about lost and found. Just a thought. Sorry for you troubles.
My god, would you believe it, the givi box has turned up on Santa Cruz broadwalk. I got a mail from the british consulate in San Fran....apparently it was open when found and the only thing missing is the notebook pc. No suprise there then.
So it either fell off that day when I set out from Santa Cruz, or it WAS nicked 3 hours later from Big Sur and then dumped in SC. Hmmmmmm I've heard a lot of stories recently about the fact that givi make poo racks.....
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