|09-02-2008, 12:36 PM||#1|
Joined: May 2007
Shipping a bike from US to Germany
Can anyone help me locate a good shipper for my bike to Germany? Would like to send it by plane, but if a big boat can get it there semi quick I'll go that route as well.
Any help would be great!
01 DUCATI 996- Öhlins, Term, Chipped
|09-02-2008, 10:04 PM||#2|
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Orlando, Fl.
If you can wait till bike week comes around, you can ship with Knopf Motorradreisen. Stefan Knopf brings many Germans over for bike week in Daytona each year. He also arranges for others to ship their bikes to Germany when he returns. I"ve shipped 3 bikes with him myself. Stefan, does this every year (for many years) and knows the guys in the customs office in Germany very well, this helps to eliminate customs challenges. He also is very affordable.
The only down side is that it takes about 3 weeks for the bikes to arrive in Germany. They are shipped via boat. Your bike will be in Heidelburg --in Stefans inclosed shop -- which is about 50 miles or so south of Frankfurt. Stefan is a great guy and treats your machine like it was his own. firstname.lastname@example.org. Just tell him Ernst from Orlando sent you.
"The only reason to ride a motorcycle is for the curves"
|09-05-2008, 12:54 PM||#3|
Momafox can I ride?
Joined: Dec 2007
Location: Raising the cub in the foxden, B'ville,VA.
Motorcycle express located in Long Island,NY.
They can do flights to and from Europe for US citizens. It's easier and cheaper to ship from Canada so I rode up to Montreal you can also do Toronto and flew to Frankfurt and came back from Gatwick,UK. Knopt tours mentioned above is great for the "green card" insurance. I got on the same flight as my bike and had my bike from the cargo area 2-3 hours after getting off the flight.
Since you're from Cali they might have a flight from Vancouver. The red tape and the quarantine periods, to ship from the US is not worth the hassle if you can ride to Canada. In Canada all you have to do is drop the bike off at the cargo area 48 hours before departure. Motorcycle express will walk you through the process.
You can have your bike there as an American with American plates for up to 6 months, but no one really knows when you got there. I left it at my uncles garage, in Hungary, for a few years with Florida plates and got the insurance each summer I used in Europe like I newly arrived with the bike. The insurance does not ask for the shipping documents. I finally shipped it back after 3 years. Riding Europe is great fun, plus no worries of the damn photo radar so many Euro's are afraid of. They will not send the ticket to the states!
I paid a bit over $1000 each way for the bike shipping. It's so worth it especially if you can take a few months off to ride there.
All you have to do is have less than a gallon of gas in the tank, they don't really check, and disconect your battery.
Hope this helps,have fun.
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