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've shipped my moto (a Honda ST1100) back and forth from Canada to Europe a number of times.
The trick, if you don't want to pay full retail price for the 'cubic weight' of the motorcycle, is to find a charter airline that operates seasonally between your desired origin and destination, and uses wide body aircraft. The charter airlines generally restrict passengers from bringing excess baggage on board, and if the aircraft is a wide body, it will have lots of empty space (cubic space) downstairs.
A motorcycle, no matter how large, weighs virtually nothing in the grand scheme of things - a LD6 container (pictured below) can contain up to 7,000 pounds, if you put a 600 pound motorcycle in it, the weight of the moto is negligible to the air carrier. Often, the empty containers need to be moved around anyway, so if the charter company can pick up a few extra dollars for tossing a moto into an empty ULD that they have to reposition anyway, it's "money for nothing and chicks for free" as far as the air carrier is concerned.
Out of Vancouver, you might want to investigate shipping with Edelweiss, who run a summer service between Vancouver and Zurich.
I have always used Motorcycle Express, a New York State based company, to make all the arrangements for me. They are not cheap, but you get good value for the money you spend - they arrange the pallet for your moto, book the space, do all the paperwork for the shipment, and let you know exactly where and when to drop it off and where and when to pick it up. They have been doing this for at least 10 years and they are good at it. They can also book you a passenger ticket on the same flight as your moto is scheduled to be on, but be aware that the moto travels on a 'space available' basis, and might get bumped to the next day or even a few days later if the headwinds are strong and the pilot wants to carry extra fuel.
The most attractive prices are for Air Transat flights out of Toronto or Montreal (ideally Montreal) into Paris. I've shipped out of both those Canadian cities without any difficulties. It's always been pretty easy to get the moto out of the freight shed and cleared through customs in Paris, so, I recommend Paris as a shipping destination. I strongly discourage you from shipping into the UK, simply because the import formalities are a real PITA there.
You might want to consider riding across Canada to either Toronto or Montreal, then shipping from there. The cost savings would probably be (I am guessing here) about $1,500, which would pay for a good chunk of the Trans-Canada ride.
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