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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My bike is en route from Australia to the UK (Tilbury port) after my overland trip. It is a UK bike, but the tax disc and MOT will have expired. The insurance will still be valid.
What is the process for a) getting through customs (do I need to book an appointment etc) and b) getting it released from a roadworthiness point of view. Am I given a week or so grace to get things sorted out or do I have to pick it up with a trailer?
I'm afraid the authorities don't care where you've been... There's no grace period on the MOT, or the tax. And strictly, if it's not MOT'd, it's not insured and they could refuse to pay out if they deemed that the bike was not roadworthy.
HOWEVER - it is legal to ride it untaxed and un-MOT'd (and you would be insured) if you're riding it to or from a pre-booked MOT test. So, you could cheekily pre-book an MOT test near your house and ride it from the port to the MOT test! Depends how far you live from the port as to whether you'd get in trouble for it - if you're riding from Tilbury to Edinburgh, you might struggle to justify it!
My bike is en route from Australia to the UK (Tilbury port) after my overland trip. It is a UK bike, but the tax disc and MOT will have expired.... Am I given a week or so grace to get things sorted out or do I have to pick it up with a trailer?
Shipped my bike from Bombay to Felixstow. You will only be able to get your bike cleared from customs by an agent.
I don't know if its since the Customs and Inland Revenue merged or what, but try trying to find a customs office that even knows what the procedure and what forms and what docs you will need. Not possible! They talk in a pleasant, polite, concerned voice and then do feck all except pass you on to some other no-nothing official.
The weeks "grace" is in fact the the period of time you will be given to get your bike from the container handler before they charge you exorbitant "storage" fees. It will take you more than a week to get customs sorted... They will "handle" this for you for about £50.
In all, it cost us £264 per bike to get them back in the UK. This is the cost of unloading the container (WTF!) and haulage charge of the company that handles the container and customs clearance and of course the cost of disposing of the crate for you - £25 - which we had to open... take a hammer/jemmy.
Our bikes were docked at Felixstow but the container was sent/taken to a depot in Southend for unpacking - part load of a container, see?
This is UNLESS you managed to get a deal at the point of shipping to cover all this... No? then they have you by the short and curlys
As Charles says, book an appointment with your local testing station and get an appointment slip.
Absolutely you can, the only problem with that is the expense of the trailer or the pick up - it is however the MOST legal way of doing it.
Oh, and another warning for you - if you didn't manage to SORN the bike while you were away, then the DVLA will want an £80 penalty out of you for late relicensing! (There's a bike in my garage that's been SORN'd continuously for 6 years, but the latest one expired while I was away and I forgot about it - as a result I owe the DVLA £80 and they don't accept being out of the country as an excuse. Bitter? Just a little...)
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