Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > North America

North America Topics specific to Canada and USA/Alaska only.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 5 Mar 2009
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Somewhere west of Laramie...
Posts: 479
Originally Posted by sadoblazo View Post
hi jmo...
im afraid that the link i provided is not gonna work for your return trip..... well, mine neither actually....
a rep on the phone told me that whereas for imports INTO USA they will take 1 crated bike, for exports they only take a full-container-load (4 or 5 bikes). the alternative is air cargo for which they quoted me 1500$.
So... it looks like im shopping for a shipping company for the return trip....
if you come up w/ anything let us know mate!
Ah, thanks for letting me know - I did tap some details into their calculator section, and it came up with a quote of around $1600 for air freight Las Vegas back to London - which to be honest is about the ball park with these current currency values...

The company I've used in the past for shipping US-UK by air is:

The Express Group.

I'm sure they will have an opposite number/agent in the country you are sending from (presumably it is a return trip to the same place?) - I have the details for Manchester Airport in the UK, but not any others...

Looks like I will be getting them to quote again...

Jenny xx
Reply With Quote
Old 5 Mar 2009
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Somewhere west of Laramie...
Posts: 479
Originally Posted by mikecbrxx View Post
is a Carnet required for the States ?

If I might answer...

You don't need a carnet for North America - however, it is a good idea to include on you letter of authorisation to the shipping agent (they will want one), the approximate value of the motorcycle, together with stating it is a temporary import as a tourist vehicle (to be used personally by yourself), and your expected date of departure from the USA.

Reply With Quote
Old 14 Mar 2009
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 188
Hornet 600

I flew the bike to Vancouver, then returned fro Toronto, in 2002 so prices will have changed in the intervening years but from memory it was about £1500 return for the bike plus my own return ticket. The bike sat in a simple aluminium box and went in the hold of the plane.

My 2006 trip - with Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Southampton to Newark and back - cost £547 single - plus my own flight ticket. I would have liked to have sailed with the bike but that wasn't permitted.

No carnet required for the US. Incidentally flying a bike into Canada in 2002 was appreciably cheaper than landing in the US. I don't know the reason for that.

NOTE - a visa is required if your stay in the US is 90 DAYS OR LONGER. I almost got caught out with that one as my last trip last 92 days.
Reply With Quote
Old 17 Mar 2009
Contributing Member
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 13
JFK to Heathrow Last Summer

I used Berklay out of New York to fly my GS from JFK to Heathrow. Would NOT recommend them.
Reply With Quote
Old 17 Mar 2009
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 188
You can't just leave it there, why not?
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Shipping from U.K to Buenos Aires - Late 08 - Shipping & riding companions required. *Touring Ted* Travellers Seeking Travellers 5 19 Apr 2007 13:57


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 11:06.