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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Canada-Carnet: Difficulty getting letter of Credit?
still jumping through hoops to get my carnet from CAA. My bank, BMO, helpful as they usually are, is allowing me to apply for a Letter of Credit. It's going to cost a few hundred $$$ to register it, then they'll charge a QUARTERLY fee of AT LEAST $125 CDN. This is assuming they decide I am not a credit risk.
Is this normal?
Oh yeah, they want me to post a cash $$$ bond for the letter of credit...hmmm...the bank manager is understanding and is working to sort things out. Argh.
Anyone know other banks/credit unions on Vancouver Island, BC, where it is easier to get a letter of credit? These guys have no idea what they're doing, and they're charging me commercial rates to do a personal banking item, because they don't "know how" to do it any other way.
That doesn't pass the sniff test. I have a personal line of credit with the TD bank that basically allows me to write myself a loan up to 25K. No fees associated with it, other than interest if I use it. Interest rate is attractive too, something like prime plus a few points. Getting this set up was based on a long-term relationship with the bank, so they weren't being fussy about risk. I find that banks are very competitive, and will match what other banks do when confronted with losing business. I did this to eliminate all monthly fees on my chequing account. Anyway, shop around what other banks offer, then talk to your BMO branch manager.
A “letter of credit” is basically a open dated, signed, cheque payable - in this case - to the CAA. It is a written guarantee from the bank to the CAA that for whatever reason the CAA calls for the funds from the bank up to the specified amount the bank will issue a cheque to them without question. I used to do a fair amount of these when I was still working for the Banks.
The bank will need cash security – a GIC, stocks, bonds, etc – or real estate. See if the BME can secure the LC by taking a charge against your home.
A line of credit may be cheaper but have a good look at it. The only way to use a line of credit for a letter of credit is to use it as cash security or to off set it. If you use it as cash security then you are paying interest on it just like you have spent the money.
FYI: a letter of credit is a PITA for a bank to deal with for an individual as the banking system is not really geared for this type of product. It is usually used only for commercial borrowers
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