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!
We're not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown a hobby into a full time job and a labour of love.
When you decide to become a Member, it helps directly support the site. You get additional privileges on the HUBB, access to the Members Private Store, and more to come as we roll out new systems. Of course, you get our sincere thanks, good karma and knowing you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. :-)
Travel BooksMotorcycle and travel books to inspire and inform you!
DVDs - Watch and Learn!
Horizons Unlimited presents!
Achievable Dream The definitive guide to planning your motorcycle adventure! This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series. "The ultimate round the world rider's how-to DVD!" MCN UK.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
Advertisers- Horizons Unlimited is well-established as the first source of reliable, unbiased information on all aspects of motorcycle travel.
We reach a dedicated, worldwide group of real travellers, and are the only website focusing exclusively on long distance motorcycle travellers.
If you sell motorcycles or motorcycle accessories, riding gear, camping equipment and clothing, transport motorcycles, organize motorcycle tours, or have motorcycles to rent, you should be advertising with us!
I looked through the planning section as advised, but can't find anyone recently air freighting their motorcyle from Vancouver B.C. Canada to Santiago Chile.
Anyone done it recently ? Or have any advice ?
I have placed a few emails and phone calls to a number of companies. One price is around $ 3500.00 one way. Too much for me for a four month trip, but that just maybe what it is, and other plans will have to be made.
Alternatively, anyone interested in selling a motorcyle down there ? I ride a Suzuki DL650, thus would be interested in a similar type motorcycle.
Was hoping to leave around November 1st. I have to be in Santiago or the Casablanca Valley area on the 23rd of November to start some volunteer work I will be doing.
So am trying to work in a 3 or 4 month bike trip around that.
I am located in Western Washington and have been stumbling around trying to find shipping to Santiago but nothing good yet. Have been told it is easier to fly bike out of BC due to security issues in USA. My plan is to get down there first of the year. Be sure to let me know what you find out. Maybe we just have to ride them down.
They now have started direct flights Santiago - Toronto (yeah I know its 1/2 way across a big country) and have their own cargo planes. In theory it should be easier to ship from Canada than the US as a personal shipper.
Also I have used Air Canada Cargo (not for a bike though) and they are happy to deal directly with personal cargo.
It seems that transport is the most troublesome issue. I checked with LAN and was told I would need to go through a freight forwarder because I was "unknown" to them. Have two requests for quotes in now and will let all know results.
we shipped our bikes from Vancouver to San Antonio (3th.Sept.). It takes about a month, but it´s reasonable cheap. We payed CAD $ 1400,- for 2 bikes in Canada. The cost here in Chile are about US $ 300,- to $ 350,- (habour & custom fees).
There is no trouble and you can find help with Enzo from the Villa Kunterbunt ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).He & his wife Martina are very experienced in the motorcycle shipping buisness, mainly for people coming from europe.
Unfortunately their Hostel is in Valparaiso, the port for northamerica is in San Antonio (100km south), but they can make you an transport offer, they know everything (handling, custom, etc.), are very helpful and it´s really a nice place to stay.
Just got the following Quote, I know sending by ship has its problems but at 10% the cost, it is the way I will be going.
We are pleased to quote you our charges to ship your motorcycle to Chile.
Herebelow is our offer based on your supplied dims/weight of the crated
motorcycle. Please note that the crate used for the motorcycle must be from proper heat treated wood with the official stamp on the wood or otherwise a metal one can be used.
Handling fee USD35.00
Export clearance USD15.00
Ocean freight Vancouver to San Antonio port only USD687.14
Please note the following:
1. The above quote is based on today's tariffs and fuel surcharge levels
which needs to be reconfirmed upon booking or shipping.
2. The above quote is subject to booking space availability.
3. The above quote does include local pick up of the crated motorcycle.
4. The above quote is based on prepaid charges only.
5. The above quote does not include transit insurance coverage. This can be
arranged with us for an additional premium.
6. The above quote does not include destination terminal fees, customs
clearance and delivery of the motorcycle to final destination in Chile.
We hope the above quote is satisfactory. Please do not hesitate to contact
is if you have any questions.
We want to thank you for contacting Baseline Forwarding for your shipping
If there are others interested in shipping m/l the same time ( I want to be down there Jan. 1st.) we might be better off shipping in a small container, let me know.
we shipped with Baseline from Vancouver to San Antonio. The Forwarder is EcuLine, they have a office in Santiago. After we called, they send the Bill of Lading to their office in Valpo.
We payed CLP 163500,- at the office in Valpo, then rented a pickup (CLP 32000,-) and drove to San Antonio (ca.70ml) to the so called DRYPORT. We opened the container and had a look at the crates, everything fine !!!
Then we took the B/L downtown San Antonio (10min drive) to custom and got a free temporary permit for our bikes (30 min).
Then back again to the DRYPORT. There we uncrated and rebuild the bikes. (staff is very friendly and helpful) Another men had a look at the VIN number, make & model and license plate.
He charges altogether CLP 29500,-
Enzo from the Villa Kunterbunt managed & took care of everything....He charges a fee for his help and believe me, it´s worth the money... he makes everything much easier !!!
So, we spent about CLP 225000,- (ca. US $ 375,-) here in Chile (incl. the rental) which is not bad for 2 bikes.
... as I said, that´s how we got our bikes from Vancouver to San Antonio...
Thank you Thomas and Andrea, as well Rob for the information about shipping by sea.
I never did get a hold of LAN, but have read from other posts about the 'frieght forwarder' issue. I tried to get a hold of Air Canada, but never received a call or facsimile back from my inquires.
The company you and Andrea used out of Vancouver ( Richmond ), plus the fellow in Valpo sounds like the way to go, and as noted, budgeting another 50% for other charges once arriving seems to be about spot on.
Looks like the way to go!
Thank you for the information. It may be too late for me this year, but will check into it for next year.
Thank Bob for posting the shipping quote. Have you decided what you will be doing? I too am looking to start a bike trip in Santiago on the 1st of the year and looking seriously at shipping a bike down rather than buying a bike there. If there is a way to combine shippments to save $$$ perhaps we should talk. Did Baseline give you an idea of how long it would take (i.e. when does the bike need to be in Richmond)?
Baseline wants the bike 40 days before it needs to be there, this means real soon. From what I can make out ship will take 28 days so if they ship to soon there will be storage charges. I dought there will be any savings shipping togther on this end but might make it easyer on the other end. I am in Guatemala, tring to learn some spanish befor the trip, will be home the 16th. May try to write more then as these Espanol key board are driving me nuts. Send me an PM if you want
Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!
Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).
"Inspiring and hilarious!"
"I loved watching this DVD!"
"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."
Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.
What others say about HU...
"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA
"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada
"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia
"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders
10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!
Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!
Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.
You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or
to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and
knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.