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!
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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.'
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Last week I tried to bring a used 6.6 US gallon plastic KLR tank back from Denver to London as check in luggage. To cut a long story short... man did I get told off. They don’t like that, I had made it safe was willing to put a lighter into the tank to prove it, they don’t like that either.
To get the point and brush over the threats and warnings I received. I was eventually allowed on the plane but my tank wasn’t. I want to get it back to UK at the moment it’s at my mates house in Denver. UPS want a ridicules $400. It’s about 2 cubic foot in size and 10kgs. Any one got any ideas. I would like it back in UK by May 2010
Unfortunately, you don't have many choices.
The USA eliminated sea mail a few years ago.
So it is either UPS/FexEx/DHL or the US postal service (air mail).
Or wait until a traveler is going that way, and have him included it on his bike as a... spare gas tank?
I had a cooking stove tank confiscated in a US airport too. I even washed it and let it sit for a week so there was no chance of fumes. The airline counter guy still didn't like it. Should have said it was a water bottle, I guess.
Is this an IMS tank for the KLR? If so, call IMS and ask them to forward ship it for you. Let them pack it and ship it using their logos and packing methods. Go with USPS. This will be the cheapest by far. UPS and FedEx are way expensive, I never, ever use them. Anyone who ships for a living will know this.
I've sent all sorts of MC parts worldwide using USPS including fuel tanks, Carbs, Stators, heads, headlights, body parts, panniers and dozens of other weird things. I always label them as used cycle parts and use a non descript term when possible, like "used cycle part". With the fuel tank I never state "fuel tank", but Cycle parts. Fuel tank will immediately get a red flag. Once the clerk accepts it at your local USPS it should go unopened until it arrives in UK.
When I sent a stock fuel tank I cleaned inside with Alcohol to remove petrol smell, finished up with soap and hot water. Then left it bake in the Sun for a few days. I shipped it with fuel cap and petcock OFF. Any hint of odor and they will confiscate it.
The other possibility is to sell the tank in the USA. Better than paying shipping it. Get another tank for the KLR in the UK or EU. Thing is, if you sell in US, you'll still have to mail to someone. This is possible, trust me.
Shipping USPS to UK with insurance should run about $80 USD. I sent one to Australia for about that price. (from California) Unless your KLR tank is really huge and a weird shape. If it requires a odd sized box, then it's gonna cost you more, and will get more scrutiny.
Thanks for all the response, to answer the questions in order I got them.
The box with the tank and other parts in, was randomly searched, no luggage at all is allowed to be locked, and I have had to cable tie the key to my Givi top box in the past so it can be inspected in needs be.
It is an IMS tank but it cost the seller $70 to get it from California to Denver so I don’t really want to spend that again just to get it to the IMS people. If I can’t get it back to the UK for under $100 I will just cut my losses and put it on craigslist next time I'm there.
The tank was decontaminated; it would be safe to weld if it wasn’t plastic.
Right now I'm seeing if a local breakers who ship to the UK will put it in their next shipment.
If and when I get it back I will post and update and any with any information I have gathered.
Thanks again all for your help
Just to let you know USPS is the way forward, $70 and 8 days and it arrived safely to my door step. Now all I have to do is get it to Mongolia but it will be between my legs all the way for this journey (hopefully). Thanks for the comments especially Mickey D.
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