Hi Barry and welcome to the HUBB!
Unfortunately, I don't have good news for you.
Registering a UK origin bike in the US may be a major hassle. The bike will not be DOT approved, and getting it approved is likely to be prohibitively expensive. See this HUBB post
for a discussion on this topic. Carefully check the requirements where you live now before embarking on this. The exception is that if the bike is over 15 years old it is exempt from some of these requirements. It might turn out to be better to leave the bike in Europe and use it for touring over there.
If you decide to proceed, I would contact Wallenius Wilhelmsen as a starting point. They are a Swedish company which specializes in shipping vehicles, roll on roll off ships, no crating required. See this Shipment detail
for a description of the process from Southampton to Galveston. Expect to take a minimum of 3 weeks. Prices are variable, minimum would be about US$5-600. North American contact details are at this link
Get some quotes via air too, because sea shipping always involves port charges which can make the price differential with air shrink to insignificance. Check out Motorcycle Express
, who we have used and recommend, for air shipment. They do express quotes, US$ price for one way from London to NY is $1,677. If you want to save some money and don't mind picking it up and driving it home from Toronto, the price from London to Toronto is only US$1,245.
Good luck and please let us know how you make out!
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Its secret here reposes:
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To get Results or Roses."
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[This message has been edited by Susan (edited 10 August 2003).]