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Old 29 Sep 2009
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Need Suggestions On Shipper USA - AUS - US

I want to ship my R12GS from the US to Sydney in Jan/Feb and back about 6 to 8 weeks later.

seeking advice on shippers and / or expediters for this.

since i am in CO and riding outta here in Jan will be impossible, i am also seeking a transporter from here to west coast or a company that will arrange it all..

know about carnets and sterilizing bike...

anyone who has done it and can offer info?


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I used Forward Air to send a bike from Sacramento to Baton Rouge, LA a few years ago. They had crates of different sizes at the drop off depot and all I had to do was fit the bike in their crate. I think it cost something like $300. Even though the company is called "Forward Air" the bike went by truck.
I hope that helps.

I am thinking about sending my bike to AUS in Dec. or Jan. What company are you using to send for bike? What does it cost, and what kind of lead time did you have to give them?


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sorry for the delayed response.

i have decided to not ship my bike because friend i am visiting will let me use his RT -- and he has no time to ride since his farm requires his daily presence
in the summer, when i will be there (Feb-Apri).

i have been told that Qantas is the best way to ship, because they have everything ready to go there at LAX... however, you are aware of the requirements for carnet, absolute cleanliness of the bike, etc? all that info is here on HU site, and it is a lot.

send me an email direct to address below and i will pass on to you what i got privately from a HUBB member.

zigyphoto at aol dot com
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Check with Air Parcel Express..I just spoke to them today about US to Europe for next summer and they quoted me $2000 for 2 bikes one way.. out of Houston..must be crated.. that is about the same price as shipping via sea..they ship all over the world
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