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Well you only got the info that I was planning on posting, but the ISBN is 0-935151-49-4. I got mine through White Horse Press. I thought there would be more in it though. I'm still reading it here and there.
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I visited the ADAC (German Automobile Association) office in Konstanz on Friday, to find out what kind of insurance they could provide for a Canadian registered motorcycle.

They can only provide liability insurance, and that insurance provides coverage only in the European Community countries and Switzerland. The cost is € 50 a month, with a 12 month limit.

Below is a photo of the 'green card' that they provide you with when you purchase the insurance.

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Ive turned up nothing on the insurance in Holland. My freind in NZ doesnt have the papers anymore and the people I got in touch with here said you have to sort it out in youre home country. Liabilty only sounds scary. For example; when I lived in the UK I had 4 bikes stolen, so its a question of being very carefull.
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Just for a contrarian view.

We travelled through Europe, Africa and South America from 1996 - 1998 and never had vehicle insurance beyond third party liability.

We do have excellent locks on the bike and its panniers and an alarm system, and we always parked the bike close by at night. The only place we felt nervous was Marseilles, because it has a bad rep for vehicle theft.

Some brands and models are more susceptible to theft than others, and ours is unusual looking (understatement , so I think that helped.

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Well folks, no new news or good news to report. After having spent days researching this myself, and having many friends do the same, I have not found a single company in the world that will provide full coverage insurance, other than American International Underwriters, through their subsidiary companies 'The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania' and 'The New Hampshire Insurance Company'.

This company (AIU) is the company behind the insurance that Motorcycle Express sells, that being the same insurance I bought last year and found very expensive.

So, I will go back to Motorcycle Express and buy it again, I guess. But it is really annoying - 3 months full coverage insurance in Europe costs USD 734, and 12 months full coverage insurance in Canada (where the motorcycle is registered) costs me only USD 300! GRRRRR....
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Have you considered buying a bike in Europe and selling it when you're finished touring?

By the time you add shipping costs in both directions plus insurance, it might be cheaper!

See the other post in this forum, which has suggested either Belgium or UK as possible locations to do this:
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/ubb...ML/000178.html

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There is a silver lining in every cloud...

Earlier on in this thread, I was complaining that Motorcycle Express (Michael Mandell) was the only company I could find that would provide me with full insurance coverage for Europe.

I used this company last year, the service was great (it also was great this year), but the prices for full coverage insurance are not cheap.

Well - this year I had a claim - my motorcycle fell into a ditch and landed upside-down. All you dirt-bike riders will probably laugh at me, but when that happens to a large touring bike like a Honda ST1100, the damage costs run to several thousand dollars US to repair. (Picture here.)

I sent Gail at Motorcycle Express an email with a JPG photo of the upside-down motorcycle attached, and a quote from the nearest Honda dealer for the repair cost. Within 12 hours, I got an email back from the insurance company authorizing me to go ahead and have the repairs made. No fuss, no "three quotes" crap, just plain old great service with a "how can we get this guy back on the road as fast as we can" attitude, far better than I would have had at home, I'm sure.

So, the moral of the story is, the insurance from Motorcycle Express is expensive, but the service from that company is phenomenal.

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Having read through this entire thread, and all others on the BBS, it appears that Motorcycle Express is the only insurer that offers theft/comprehensive. But... it has to be a bike registered in my home country (Canada).

I am planning to buy a new bike in Europe, register it there with a European address, but I am a Canadian citizen, so am not eligible for theft/comprehensive from European insurers. I'd hate to have the bike stolen and be out a large sum of money plus have no way to get around.

Help please! It is very risky to gamble with $20k possibly disappearing one night. Does anyone know of an insurer anywhere that will insure a Canadian driving a European registered motorcycle?
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<font face="" size="2">... but I am a Canadian citizen, so am not eligible for theft/comprehensive from European insurers.</font>
Hello Jim:

I'm not sure that your presumption (quoted above) is correct. My experience is that if you can have the vehicle registered in country x, then you can obtain insurance in country x as well. In principle, the insurance company does not care about your citizenship. They might care about who issued your drivers licence, but if you can overcome the hurdle of registering the vehicle in a foreign country, then you can probably get a drivers licence from that country as well.

FWIW - I continue to leave my moto in Europe, but keep Ontario plates on it. Although the insurance through Motorcycle Express is more expensive than local insurance for a locally registered bike, there are other offsetting advantages, not the least of which is that it is cheaper to buy the moto in Canada than it is to buy it in most European countries.

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