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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Three items for travellers going to/from Panama-Columbia:
1. There are no longer two choices of company to fly your bike to/from Panama to Columbia. Only Girag now takes bikes. They dramatically raised their rates (at least for Panama-Bogota) from $650 to $900!!! I paid $650 in November 2009 for Panama to Bogota
2. Girag did not do the customs requirement, as promised, upon leaving Panama. Consequently, when I returned to Panama, they wanted to charge me big money because I/Girag had not done the proper paperwork when leaving Panama last year. Do the customs paperwork yourself when leaving Panama for Columbia.
3. If flying your bike back to Panama from Bogota, be aware that the police may do a VERY thorough inspection of your bags that are on the bike. My police inspection took over two hours and they looked at EVERY little item, even my dirty laundry. They even sniffed the nozzle on my aerosol can of WD-40 lubricant. Fortunately, they did not try to spray my fake can of Athlete's Foot Fungus that had my "stash" in it.
Hope this info helps.
Smuggling ingestible substances out of Colombia in a motorcycle qualifies as extreme idiocy. Recently they've required a mechanic to accompany bikes to customs inspections--the better to disassemble bikes whenever they get the urge. The OP was lucky.
Girag's normal price is about $900. It was $900 last November, for example, when Copa was flying bikes and charging $600. They do not normally represent that they'll do your customs stuff for you; instead, they insist that it's not necessary. Sometimes the customs people themselves agree....but if you return you'll regret the absence of exit paperwork. The aduana booth is at the entrance to the freight section of the airport; you'll pass it on your way to Copa or Girag. Get receipts and stamps and whatever else they'll part with, and save it faithfully for your return trip.
Note that even at $900 for the bike and several hundred more for a personal ticket, it's not much more expensive for a single person than shipping by boat. I'll leave it to someone else to say something clever about the relationship between supply, demand, and pricing.
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Ditto for the boats, we had Colombia's finest onboard for a couple of hours just after we left Cartagena for Panama. They went through everything (ie all the luggage that had been secured for the trip incl our panniers) and even had their sniffer dog under the floorboards of the boat. The boat'c captain had a suspicion we'd be boarded by customs which wasn't surprising as we were hideously overweight having 9 people on a 6 berth boat:
Columbia National police search - standard practice
We shipped our camper from Cartagena to Colon in August 2010.
We (and other vehicles on the same boat) where searched thoroughly
once inside the port facility and just before loading.
This is standard procedure - apparently.
It was time consuming but otherwise no problem
Rob Blackwell Whiteacorn
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