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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I'm researching the Carnet I need for my RTW trip. So far it appears that the most expensive country for the Carnet is India - they require a bond for 400% of the declared value of the bike! Most other countries are 200% the value of the bike, which seems more reasonable.
Here's my questions. I assume that I need a carnet for India. On the off chance, has anyone ridden into India from Nepal without a carnet?
Let's say that I don't declare India on my carnet application. What happens when I show up at the border of India with the carnet? Will it help me get in, or is it worthless in India at that point?
And if I need the carnet for India, will the AAA really charge me 400% of the declared value of the bike if I say that I'm going to India? And along those lines, what's the lowest value I can declare for my '95 BMW PD all set up for overland travel? We know it's worth around $10,000 with all the extras and preparation, but that would mean a bond of $40,000 for the carnet! Can I get away with declaring the value of the bike ridiculously low - say $2,000?
Any advice or personal experience in this matter is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
yes you will need a (real... not forged) carnet for india.
ref valuation: in 1999 i valued my 1989 r100gs at 750gbp (about 1200 us$) and the british aa accepted the valuation for carnet purposes. in your case, don't tell them that you have all those overland goodies. in 8 years ('95 to '03) a bike can be in a horrid state and have many many miles on the odometer.
i presume the aaa doesn't inspect the vehicle...
just because it says, e.g. 30000 miles on the odometer, means it could easily have 130000 or 230000 miles on it. i would definitely call the aaa's bluff.
remember, with the aaa you are dealing with flat earth people who don't know that an old beemer hold its value... an 8 year old car would normally have depreciated to nearly 0...
The most expensive country is actually Iran, which levies 500%! Yes, your carnet issuer really will require a bond/guarantee for that amount.
You do indeed definitely need a carnet for India. I managed to leave India this year to Pakistan without one, but I've never heard of anyone entering India without one. Indeed, there are many vehicles at the India/Pakistan border that were abandoned by their owners when they couldn't get them into India without a carnet. The Indians are well known for being sticklers on this point.
India and Nepal have a reciprocal arrangement for use of vehicles in each other's countries without the need for a carnet. For entering India from Nepal, I believe it is necessary to leave a deposit with the Indian embassy in Kathmandu, which is returned when you re-enter Nepal. Going the other way, I think there's a daily charge. However, unless you bought your bike in India or Nepal, this wouldn't be much use to you, since you'd need a carnet to enter either country in the first place.
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