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    Shipping my bike to Europe

    I Don't know which mag I was reading but there was an article on a gentleman who was shipping a bike to Europe and that shipper allowed gear/helmet/etc to be strapped to the motorcycle for shipping. Does anyone have any info on something similar? I want to leave from the East Coast.
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    I don't know about the gear aspect, but you should look into using Canadian Air from Toronto or Montreal. The rates are good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chiba13 View Post
    I don't know about the gear aspect, but you should look into using Canadian Air from Toronto or Montreal. The rates are good.
    I think you mean Air Canada.

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    Having shipped my bike to Europe 3 times I can safely say that strapping anything to the bike is not a good idea/doubt Air Canada would allow it. Since they are now charging 1/3 the price of other shippers it might make sense to mail or fed-ex your stuff to the destination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    I think you mean Air Canada.
    I sure do
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    Thanks for the good information. I think I will use it next year.

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    I got a quote of $4,500 US for Vancouver/Amsterdam return. That was just the bike. Another $1,500 for the flight and the holiday starts at $6,000.
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    I just paid US $1120 round trip from Montreal to Frankfurt via Air Canada. All good!
    $1400 Canadian.
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    I received a quote and actually got some information from the shipper. They no longer ship from the USA at all. The nearest to me is Toronto Canada. The bike has to be there 48 hours before the flight. That means I would have a 2 day layover in Toronto. I am looking at bike rentals as an alternative. I am planning a trip in the UK, and there are many BMW hires available. The cost is 550 to 650 per week. In US dollars, that is $825 to $975. Saddlebags are sometimes not included and are about 10 per day, and GPS's are about 15 per day when not included.

    In my opinion, if I can wear and tear somebody else's bike for 1/4th the cost and get there 2 days quicker, not to mention many other factors, I am renting.

    Can anybody tell me why they wouldn't rent? I have lowered pegs and raised bars, but I could live without those for a week or two...

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    I'm going to be there for three months. anyone heard of uship.com?

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    Quote Originally Posted by martyhill View Post
    I just paid US $1120 round trip from Montreal to Frankfurt via Air Canada. All good!
    $1400 Canadian.
    Can you give us a few more details? Who was the carrier, how did you handle the paper work? Did you use a broker? That is a huge difference to what I was quoted.
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    Last Nov I used James Cargo Services to crate / ship my K75s from Manchester UK to Halifax, NS (one-way) and it was permitted to include additional items inside the crate. I have no affiliation with this company but can highly recommend them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mustangguy View Post
    Can anybody tell me why they wouldn't rent? I have lowered pegs and raised bars, but I could live without those for a week or two...
    For short rides, renting is cheaper; for longer rides, taking your own bike is cheaper. Thus, a rider's decision to rent or take is based on a) the rider's interest in riding his or her own machine, b) trip length, and c) the rider's willingness to pay.
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