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Shipping bike from u.S. to Portugal

I would like to ship my bike from Maryland, USA to Lisbon, Portugal. I have no idea on how I can go about it.

I have read some quotes from airline companies, and they are on the steep side. Im looking for an inexpensive method of shipping.

I want to ride around Portugal, spain and a little of france this winter.

Can someone suggest an inexpensive transport company?
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Can´t do more than suggesting TAP airlines, the portuguese airline. But i don´t expect the prices to be low.

www.tap.pt

If you want to give me a shout and i´ll buy you a , near Oporto.
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Can´t do more than suggesting TAP airlines, the portuguese airline. But i don´t expect the prices to be low.

www.tap.pt

If you want to give me a shout and i´ll buy you a , near Oporto.

Thanks, ill take you up on it when I get there. Is a suzuki vstrom popular over there? Im considering buying one just because they seem pretty practical and comfortable.

Have your toured all of Portugal?? Can you suggest some places to visit?
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How long are you intending to stay in Europe for? If it's only for 3-4 weeks max, renting may prove a cheaper option. If staying for a couple of months, buying a bike in Europe & selling before going home may be the best bet.

Ken Bretana (posts on this site) has done just that. I found a BMW K100RT in vgc for £1,100. He bought it two weeks ago, is currently somewhere near the Alps I believe & will sell before heading back home to Hawaii. If all goes well, he should get most of the purchase price back again, making for a considerably cheaper trip. He sourced the Insurance in the US

BTW why are you visting in winter?

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How long are you intending to stay in Europe for? If it's only for 3-4 weeks max, renting may prove a cheaper option. If staying for a couple of months, buying a bike in Europe & selling before going home may be the best bet.

Ken Bretana (posts on this site) has done just that. I found a BMW K100RT in vgc for £1,100. He bought it two weeks ago, is currently somewhere near the Alps I believe & will sell before heading back home to Hawaii. If all goes well, he should get most of the purchase price back again, making for a considerably cheaper trip. He sourced the Insurance in the US

BTW why are you visting in winter?

Good luck

Steve

[This message has been edited by Steve Pickford (edited 15 July 2004).]
I have a house in Portugal, im going on my winter break from school.

I plan on going there every year, so I will probably leave the bike there.

I currently have a triumph speed triple, but im not sure thats an ideal bike for touring. Even thou I tour on it here in the U.S.

What will the weather be like in northern portugal and spain in the winter? I imagine its going to be rainy, but not horribly cold like it is here. I can always switch to southern spain and portugal if its too cold in the north.
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How long are you intending to stay in Europe for? If it's only for 3-4 weeks max, renting may prove a cheaper option. If staying for a couple of months, buying a bike in Europe & selling before going home may be the best bet.

Ken Bretana (posts on this site) has done just that. I found a BMW K100RT in vgc for £1,100. He bought it two weeks ago, is currently somewhere near the Alps I believe & will sell before heading back home to Hawaii. If all goes well, he should get most of the purchase price back again, making for a considerably cheaper trip. He sourced the Insurance in the US

BTW why are you visting in winter?

Good luck

Steve

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What are some companies that rent bikes in Europe? Around Lisbon, Portugal? What type of bikes? And price?
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