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!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
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.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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I am shipping my motorcycle to Lima next Jan
does anyone know of a shipping company that i could use to ship from Houston to Lima then from Caracas back to Houston. I would like to use the same shipping company to and from if possible. I would also like to use a company with offices at both ends. If anyone has any leads, please let me know. thanks
I am in caracas now , organising despatch of my pony .
I will make a full post soon with all the information that I have discovered , but what I can tell you now is that you will only get to Houston by air . If you want sea , you will almost certainly have to go to Miami .
Does it have to be Lima (Callao) ?? I would rather ship it to Chile (eg.iquique)and drive up to Perú
Perú is very bureaucratic and expensive in order to get the bike out of the port. And you MUST use an official agent for the paperwork . In Chile headaches & costs = 0 .
We generally don't recommend sea shipment due to the uncertainty about when the bike will arrive. Also, although the quoted costs are less, the total cost may not be much of a saving over air, as port charges can be quite high.
I would have filled in the page but due to strange circumstances it worked out financially better to abandon my bike in customs at Caracas airport . I was able to leave the country despite the full page stamp in my passport so it worked out OK in the end .
But I feel I should write a little post telling of my experiences for the next traveller .
well Susan , it was certainly interesting , amongst other things . As I mentioned , my bike is still there , abandoned at the airport and here's why .
One thing that took me by surprise was how bleedin' expensive shipping would have been ( had I gone through with it ) . Lufthansa airfreight dangerous goods price to Europe is $3.73 . This compares to $1.50 to Europe from Buenos Aires . Also customs clearance was quoted at $400 .
Also , sea freight has a lack of consolidated shipments apart to Spanish speaking places like Spain and Miami . Sea shipments are further complicated because of anti-drugs inspections for which the sender must be present at the port a few days (5) before the container is sent . Several freight companies also don't offer consolidated shipments , or don't deal with personal effects , or don't deal with vehicles that are not commercial exports/imports .
One other thing to be considered is the price of air tickets from Latin America , which incur hefty taxes . The cheapest one way to London via Bogota and Miami would have been $900 .
Faced with spiralling costs for airfreight and inability to hang around for seafreight I told the freight company to keep the bike . The price spiralled because they estimated the price at the non-dangerous goods rate , then again at the correct rate , then the crate was built too large taking volume up to 3.5 mtrs/3 . There was no way I was going to pay $2600 to send a bike worth $1200 home .
Here's some freight companies I lifted from a freight magazine , some with notes on routes . My experiences with Venezuelan shipping companies was not inspiring , but better luck to future travellers .
Freight companies :
Agencies in Brasil , USA , Europe Lejano Oriente .
212-576-64-93 , 577-78-89 email@example.com
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