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.
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 help you 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!
Airlines that will take motorcycles - list project
Please contribute in making a list of all airlines / air cargo companies, that will take motorcycles. As service level, and local presence from freight forwarders, may vary from country to country, airlines may in many instances be a good start to search for options, and some may deal with consumers directly with no need for freight forwarding companies that don't know what they are doing. In Norway for instance, shipping motorcycles is a miniscule market, and finding someone who can provide me with a solution, or even give me a straight answer, or any answer at all - has for me proven extremely difficult time and time again.
There is a searchable source of actual shipments on the HUBB, but it is quite limited. So, if we all pool our efforts, than maybe we can update the source thoroughly.
Please specify the following to the greatest extent possible:
Name of Airline / Air Cargo Company
How you acquired the info (i.e. personal experience)
Recency of the information acquired
If using freight forwarding company is required or if it is possible to deal directly with the airline
Freight forwarding companies that could be used
If crating is required or if a pallet will suffice
How much fuel can remain in the bike (i.e., dry, a couple of liters, etc)
If the bike needs to have wheels and wind screen removed in order to fit in the cargo compartment of airplanes that transport people (some airlines only transport cargo with people carriers on particular routes.
If storage can be provided, and for how long
If they can provide shipping door to door
Which routes and/or airports that you can ship in and out of using this airline
Other useful information and advice
Here is an example:
Name of Airline / Air Cargo Company - Air France
How you acquired the info (i.e. personal experience) - Personal Experience
Recency of the information acquired - 2005
If using freight forwarding company is required or if it is possible to deal directly with the airline - don't know, I used DHL
Freight forwarding companies that could be used - I used DHL between Oslo - Capetown and then later Nairobi - Oslo. On later trips, DHL have failed to help me out in any way. In Norway they say they do not deal with consumers directly, that they do not transport motorcycles, and fail to provide me with alternatives. I tried contacting DHL in Cape Town regarding shipment in and out of all countries between Morocco and Guinea Bissau - they never ever answer my replies.
If crating is required or if a pallet will suffice - crate was required both ways by DHL (fumigated out of Nairobi). Don't know if the airline requires it
How much fuel can remain in the bike (i.e., dry, a couple of liters, etc) - they required that it was bone dry (DHL that is, don't know about the airline)
If the bike needs to have wheels and wind screen removed in order to fit in the cargo compartment of airplanes that transport people (some airlines only transport cargo with people carriers on particular routes. - No, the crate was huge - made in africa
If storage can be provided, and for how long - yes, this was no problem. Don't know for how long, but I stored it in Cape Town for two weeks and in Oslo for a few days
If they can provide shipping door to door - DHL picked up my crates at my home in Oslo, but don't know what services they offer in Africa.
Which routes and/or airports that you can ship in and out of using this airline - don't know
Cost examples - Nairobi-Oslo was in 2005 1.600 Euros for two bikes and luggage - the crates were made in Africa and were extremely heavy and quite large
Other useful information and advice - Dealing with DHL in Nairoby was a nightmare. I checked in a week ahed of time to book a shipment as agreed with DHL Nairobi prior to the trip, and every day until my arrival at Nairobi - without resolve. I then spent three full days in their Nairobi office and ended up having to leave before my bike, having to spend considerable time at home dealing with DHL in both Norway and Nairobi, and in the end being presented a bill which was far greater than the original quote. The next time I would prefer to deal directly with the airline if possible. I still prefer the DHL method over shipping out of African countries by ship though.