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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im not sure what other experiences people have had but, for the cost, I found James Cargo lacking. Despite some very good initial advice the "execution" of delivering the bike was very poor. For example:
a) The bike arrived 5 days late in Guatemala when I only had just over 3 weeks with it in Central America. I was very very clear about wanting the bike there on time because of this. It missed the first flight because the flight was full apparently. It missed the next flight because it was put on a wrong flight to Panama City and pulled of that plane at the last minute. It became apparent, as I waited in Guatemala City, that James Cargo werent aware of the weekly flight schedule. When I reminded them I offered to send the bike well in advance so that this didnt happen, they told me there would have been a daily storage charge and hence it had been on the last possible flight. I would have been happy to pay this to ensure delivery on time. To make things worse James Cargo blamed Iberia and showed no contrition whatsover (JC were offering the service and so blaming a supplier is unacceptable).
b) On my return I was told the cost of the return trip which was much higher than I had expected. As it turned out the company had used the wrong exchange rates for the quote by some margin and whilst they made a small adjustment to reflect this it was nowhere near the difference.
Whilst they were polite there was a lack of acceptance of any blame or recognition that I should be annoyed.
Any other people had similar problems? Any other companies people can recommend? I realise that you have to have some flexibility as not all shipping goes to plan but this service surprised me.
I know James Cargo advertise/have an affiliation with this site so it will be interesting to see if this message remains!
Location: Dreaming of travelling and riding bikes in general..
You're right about a 'good', friendly service. We weren't disappointed until we went to pick up the tyres and got royally shafted by all the fees/taxes etc. It doubled the cost and I would not expect them to know what amount of extras we'd need to pay.
An explicit warning would have been nice though.
Maybe that's what this is....
Next time I'd use DHL for smaller (sub-bike size) because at least then you can go and blag it with some bloke in an office rather than be left guessing outside in the hot sun.
Location: Dreaming of travelling and riding bikes in general..
it all depends
These are the things that you don't know about until you try to ship stuff around the world:
DHL Brazzaville - 2 front sprockets, less that a week, £30 delivered. No tax to pay. Polite. In and out in 15 minutes. Done.
DHL Ouagadougou - 1 box with oil filter and a few bits and pieces. Days of messing around, bribes, fees more bribes. (at least you knew who to talk to). Nightmare.
DHL Gabon - Oil filters. Inexpensive to send. Went to airport, sent into city to office. Tax and other charges to pay. Just another African adventure.
JCargo - 2 tyres sent to Noakschott, Mauri. No contact to deal with, no idea of where the tyres would turn up. Bribes to pay. Cost for 2 TKC80s - €200 in 'taxes' alone! Painful - and don't think it won't happen to you just because you put a note in the box from your Mum telling the nice customs bloke that the small shiny component is only worth 20p because he may decide to use you for a payrise today!
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