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!
We're not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown a hobby into a full time job and a labour of love.
When you decide to become a Member, it helps directly support the site. You get additional privileges on the HUBB, access to the Members Private Store, and more to come as we roll out new systems. Of course, you get our sincere thanks, good karma and knowing you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. :-)
Travel BooksMotorcycle and travel books to inspire and inform you!
DVDs - Watch and Learn!
Horizons Unlimited presents!
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.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
Advertisers- Horizons Unlimited is well-established as the first source of reliable, unbiased information on all aspects of motorcycle travel.
We reach a dedicated, worldwide group of real travellers, and are the only website focusing exclusively on long distance motorcycle travellers.
If you sell motorcycles or motorcycle accessories, riding gear, camping equipment and clothing, transport motorcycles, organize motorcycle tours, or have motorcycles to rent, you should be advertising with us!
Trip PaperworkCovers all documentation, carnets, customs and country requirements, how to deal with insurance etc.
We've had a code update on the HUBB that should fix any issues with the new right hand column. If the HUBB "looks funny" or is too narrow with the Forum description squished up, please force a refresh to get the latest code update. (Hold down the shift OR ctrl key, and click the refresh button on your browser, OR Ctrl R, OR on Macs, Command R). If you still have a problem please post it here.
The important thing to understand is the difference between a visitor passing through and a resident. If you're a visitor there is no import duty, if you're a resident then you have to pay the full import duties and make sure the bike complies with local regs.
so, NO need to pay duty in ANY country ANYWHERE if:
Your stay is within their max duration for a visitor - and you're not going to be RESIDENT.
However, If you're a visitor they WILL want either a carnet, or they may have a standard visitors form you have to fill out which usually has a very small fee. I don't know which - IF they want a carnet you'll have to get one, if not, you'll need to find out what their standard VISITOR procedure is.
Carnet information is on the Paperwork page under Planning on left menu - read that, then Contact Paul Gowen at the RAC - contact details on the links page, link on left - for details on carnet for Korea.
Insurance - that's a whole different game - good luck - let us know what you find out! Your UK insurer will NOT cover you there.
I know in Japan, if you import a vehicle as a temporary resident, it needs to be registered with the Land Transportation Office. They issue special plates denoting "Import Tax not Paid" in this instance. Obviously you have to remove your vehicle when you leave the country or else pay the import tax. Of course nobody in practise does this because bikes are plentiful in Japan, there would be no reason at all to bring in your own unless you are really in love with your bike and you can't find that model in Japan.
I would ask the Korean LTO if they have something similar. Or at least see if they will accept a vehicle with UK plates in their country for 12 months. You will need to find someone who can speak Korean.
We came through Korea last year.
Deal as a tourist is . . . . . . . .
90 days maximum entry for you and vehicle.
Need to pay 'deposit' to ensure vehicle exits country. (this is based on replacement NEW value of vehicle, but it is negotiable, they wanted $2000 from us we settled at $1000. This was fully refunded upon exit)
You need to purchase Korean insurance at point of entry, cost based upon vehicle, we had to pay approximately $100 per month (expensive!).
Carnet is not recognised in South Korea.
A very ( VERY ) good contact is Wendy Choi, she works for the shipping agent we used, speaks excellent English, very nice lady, friendly and ever helpful in any way. Good (and low price) shipping agent.
I am sure if you contact Wendy, tell her you a friend of Philip & Angela she will make further enquiries for you and help if she can.
her personal email is : WendyChoi2 'at' Gmail.com
Korea is an easy country to get extended visits to, I do not think you will have a problem for that. But, they do not get many tourist vehicles and so that maybe more difficult to arrange and probably expensive.
Perhaps, store on sell bike and just buy another in Korea for the duration of your stay??? may work out cheaper.
Location: Golden, CO USA...on the road since Sept 2005
I was in South Korea Nov 2007. I simply bought insurance for the bike at my port of entry (Sokchow). It was painless. I did have to sign a document promising to take my bike out of Korea within a certain time period. I believe I used a credit card to make the guarantee. The insurance was fairly expensive, something like 15usd per day. There was other paperwork involved, it took several hours to complete everything. Fantastic people there, glad I went. H.
I will also be shipping my bike to Korea in March for the second leg of RTW trip.
Looking at HUBB many guys got their bikes temporarily imported with refundable deposit and insured without too much hassle. You may look up recent posts (last 2 years)from Lars, Brett Dean, Phil Flanagan, MarkCh, Roadmason to name just a few.
I'm trying to find out if it's possible to leave the country with my bike left behind during the temporary import period becuse i need to fly out during the 90 days.
Cooped up indoors in crap weather? Binge watch over 20 hours of inspiring, informative and entertaining stories and tips from 150 travellers! Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to order them both and use Coupon Code 'BoxSet+' on your order when you checkout.
What others say about HU...
"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA
"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada
"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia
"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders
10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes! Voting will commence soon for the 2015 HU Calendar winners!
Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!
Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!
Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events such as this one (18 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.
You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or
to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and
knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.