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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Clear customs for a bike? Coming from where? Bike registered where? Your citizenship? (Posting your location in your profile is ok and helpful)
In Vancouver customs is right at the airport, only a few blocks from the terminal. Clearing for Canadians, Americans and Brits is quick, a matter of minutes if everything is right and you're not coming from Colombia for instance.
Yer right Grant,....pretty c**p post!!!!
so it should be,"customs clearance for uk reg bike",..last time i was across at calgary a matter of a few minutes to clear my bike at about 9pm ,
If you are talking about shipping your bike to Vancouver by air I don't have the answer.
If it is coming by ship, then you my friend are in for an ordeal. The bike could be located in many locations around Vancouver, but not all of them offer customs services. My bike arrived from Australia by ship and it took the entire day (most of the time was driving as the bike was located far away from the airport) or the city center; the same story for my bike arriving earlier via ship from India and Thailand. It is a big pain in the butt.
Clearing a motorcycle through customs in Toronto (CYYZ) can (and probably will be) a PITA.
There are several problems:
1) The customs office is located in the new midfield cargo area, inside the square formed by the 4 runways. Most, but not all of the cargo companies are also in this area. But, about 30% of the cargo warehouses are in the 'old' cargo area to the northeast of runway 15-33. You need a car to get from the midfield to the old cargo area - although it is only about half a mile straight line distance, it is about an 8 mile drive around the airport. The taxi fare is probably about $25 one way.
2) Even if your bike shows up in the midfield cargo area, it can be a long walk (ca. half an hour or more) from the cargo company to the customs building.
3) The Toronto customs officers are legendary for their stupidity when it comes to clearing motorcycles. The last two times I have cleared my Ontario registered, Ontario purchased motorcycle through customs coming back to Canada, they have insisted in inspecting it for Transport Canada safety standards compliance - despite the fact that I showed them my bill of sale from a Toronto dealership located 10 miles from the airport, and despite the fact that the bike has Ontario licence plates on it.
Last time I came through, they called Agriculture Canada to inspect the bike for cow-shit - even though I brought photos of the bike, in the cargo container, showing that it was immaculatly clean. The cargo company manager told the customs girl over the phone that he could "eat off the mudguards", it was that clean, but the girl refused to use common sense and clear it.
Net result: 2 day delay to clear the bike, extra $100 in storage fees, $60 Ag Canada inspection fee to determine it had no cow-shit on it, and about 4 trips back and forth from the north side to the midfield.
You have to appreciate that in Canada, government employees are discouraged from using common sense. Heck, I have imported the bike into third world countries with fewer problems...
Bryan - just a follow-up - I suggest you try to hook up with a Toronto resident who is a member of this BB, and have them meet you and drive you about to go through the process of getting the bike released. It's really a simple process, made complex by distance and government stupidity.
I can do this for you if you plan to arrive prior to April 15th, after that, I'm going in the opposite direction (to Europe) with my moto for the summer.
Northerners! The weather outside is frightful, so what better time to start planning your next adventure! To help you get started, for February we're taking 30% off the Get Ready! DVD in the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'GETREADY' on your order when you checkout.
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