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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I need to ship parts from USA to Ecuador to rebuild my engine. I dont want to pay import customs. What is best to do? Ricardo said he had some clothes sent with "samples" on the invoice and that worked. I dont think "samples" applies well to hard engine parts. One idea is to have my father ship them without invoice and some kind of note about my repair parts. Or have the shop include a false invoice with a very low price so that if I pay customs it is not much?
If the parts are not heavy or bulky, another traveller flying in from the US might be prepared to bring them for you (but I guess you'd have to make some arrangement about what happens in the unlikely event they decide to charge tax/duty at the airport).
A lower value on the parcel is a good idea, but don't make it absurd. If you have the invoice marked "No Charge - Repair Under Warranty" in English and Spanish, that might also help. Add something like "Nominal Value $65.00", so that they have a reasonable figure to work with if they decide to charge you duty anyway.
If it isn't too far, consider shipping to a Peruvian town close to the border, e.g. Piura (maybe Colombia would work, too.) Customs over there didn't tax a new shock and never queried the $25.95 price on the invoice & customs declaration. Had a look at how Ecuadorian customs operates while getting bike permission in Macará - they went through every pair of socks in a box sent from the US to a local. Very thorough, and a fake invoice would be seem less likely to work with them.
I had the parts shipped via UPS from USA. It has been a nightmarish MONTH and I still dont have my parts!
The idiots at UPS are almost as incompetent in Ecuador as they are in USA. The USA ofice did not have an address or current phone number of their Ecuador office!! Major pain to track down , ad ABSOLUTELY NO HELP FROM USA OFFICE!
IN addition to paying UPS $275 (for 23 lb package!) for shipping, I had to pay $85 to customs, even though the invoice says warantee parts- no charge.
I would have been much cheaper (counting money spent sitting around Quito doing nothing) and much much faster to fly home, get the parts, and fly back! Learn from my mistake!
It's too bad your shipping took so long. I sent a postcard home from Belize and it took about a week to get to Ottawa, Canada.
If you paid the shipping by credit card you should be able to get the shipping for free. Did UPS specify a length of time to ship the parts? If it was off by a lot you could tell the credit card company that UPS did not provide the service offered. Without an excuse you can have credit card charges cancelled for a small fee of about 5$ or so.
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