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.
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."
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In a few months I'll be sending my bike from Australia to the UK by sea.
When I arrive in the UK, what sort of customs clearance documents/fees am I likely to encounter?
Unfortunately, sea shipments attract higher fees and more hassle than air shipments, though as a tourist you won't encounter the situation that Richard Virr had to deal with when shipping his bike in from Malaysia.
I believe the Storage fee of 162GBP will not apply, but the haulage fee might if the shipper's agent in Southampton won't let you uncrate the bike yourself and ride it away. So, minimum cost of 133GBP (I know, in A$ it will be painful!)
<font face="" size="2">I believe no carnet is needed; and that the bike can be used fairly liberally within the UK/Europe without needing to register it there, although insurance is needed? Correct?</font>
You are correct, no carnet is needed, and the bike will not need to be registered. However, liability insurance (referred to as 'Green Card' insurance is required. To obtain it in advance, contact Stefan Knopf of Knopf Tours. Follow this link and scroll down.
<font face="" size="2"> Once uncrated, and documents completed, can I simply go on my merry way around Europe? (I'll also be taking the bike to Ireland for a lot of my trip - do I need to alert Irish authorities as well?).</font>
Yes, you can travel throughout the European Community without any hassle, and there is no need to alert the Irish authorities (unless there's something in your past you're not mentioning here ;-)
<font face="" size="2">If anyone can point me towards some useful web pages I'd appreciate it."</font>
Well, you're on the most useful web site around (of course, I'm completely unbiased).
But the website is rather huge, so if there's specific info you're looking for, let us know and we can point you in the right direction. There is a Search function on every page, which works very well.
Good luck with your trip.
"It matters not what goal you seek
Its secret here reposes:
You've got to dig from week to week
To get Results or Roses."
I air-freighted my (new) bike in from Oz: it cost £450 and took 3 days compared with £250 and 6 weeks. on arrival, I paid ... £15 for documents which is a whole lot better than Susan's summary of $600. you might want to ask Brett Rayner (brayner at connect.net.au) for up to date prices. I've just been looking into shipping the bike on to South Africa and sea freight is way more expensive than air freight.
air freight bargain of the century is Djanet (Algeria) to London for £100 for an XR650R. it cost £700 to get the broken rider home, but he's mending.
one last thing ... Waz has two meanings over here: wazzed means worn out and a wazzock is a pubic wig which goes well with elephant man!
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