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how far would you go to reduce the size of your bike to get the shipping cost down ?.I will be crating my bike in a few days and the smaller i pack the cheeper it gets. If I remove the wheels and forks/front fender then I am thinking it cant be to far of 1/2 the actual bike size but the bike will then need to be sitting on the sump guard ( I have a strong rally sump guard) . The bike is going by sea from england to south america . anyone done it like this ? is it ok to be shipped like this ?
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Back in 2006 we flew our bikes from Kathmandu to Bangkok like this. We did the same in 2007 from Malaysia to New Zealand.

It's worth calculating how much your going to save though as it may be very little (relevant to the overall cost). The actual 'freight' charge for shipping will be affected but all the other fees you pay will be 'per shipment' and so yo may decide that the convienience of keeping your bike intact may be worth a few quid.


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thanks for the reply . was your bike sat on the axels or on the sump guard ?
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thanks for the reply . was your bike sat on the axels or on the sump guard ?
The rear wheel was still in place. The front was sat on the fork tubes with a batten nailed to the crate to stop them sliding forward. The sump was just clear of the base porior to strapping it down so once we'd strapped the bike down it to made contact with the base.

Its not clear in the photo but I seem to recall strapping the bottom yoke to the base.

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It's worth calculating how much your going to save though as it may be very little (relevant to the overall cost). The actual 'freight' charge for shipping will be affected but all the other fees you pay will be 'per shipment' and so yo may decide that the convienience of keeping your bike intact may be worth a few quid.
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When I assembled my bike outside the airport in Nairobi I'm happy that I didn't use more than 30 minutes (including selling the crate). Even in that short time I had problems keeping the locals away from my tools and gear.
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@ jedi master can you remember what the cubic measurment ( meter )was of your bike packed like that ?
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@ jedi master can you remember what the cubic measurment ( meter )was of your bike packed like that ?
Crate was 1.9(L) x 0.88m (W) x 1.2m(H) = 2.01m3
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