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Old 05-15-2004, 11:24 AM   #61
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glad to see you around here.
I'm being following your progress to comun friends,,I hope the bikes gets better and you can continue your journey in a short time

NOTE:will be nice if you post a link to you "Diary" for others to follow,,don't you think..
Hey Ricardo,

Yeah the journal is at www.petefromberkeley,com, but I haven't updated it since, like, Costa Rica or somewhere. I'll do that now and let you know when it's done.

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Old 05-27-2004, 10:18 AM   #62
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as pete mentioned you need a carnet, go to Grants site horizonsunlimited.com for much info , they have some new shipping info too, road help voulenteers around the world, info on your route etc... good site, Grant bleeds bmw...
if you need any assistance in the seattle, van BC area , let me know , I am have way between both, grant is in Van bc,

Helge peterson runs this route, he lives in seattle, touratechusa is in seattle also if you need any trick stuff.

Be sure to read Dr Greg Fraisers reports, fun and informative
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Old 05-27-2004, 10:31 AM   #63
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Thanks. The main snag now is the California DMV, they still have not processed the expedited title and when the dealer called them they said they haven't even got to that pile yet to begin. As it stands, the DMV will likely take another month.

Plan B is to air freight direct into Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Fed X just gave me a $4,000.00 quote. I must do my own customs clearance and hazardous materials forms. Zeeesh

Plan C is to air freight into Tokyo and ride north to catch the ferry over to Vladivostok. That's providing the Russians grant me a business visa based on the letter I paid some Internet company to provide me. Murphy is in control.

Plan D is to air freight to Frankfurt with Motocycles Express for two grand but they handle everything much smoother or so they claim. Then I must head up into Russia from there. Hmmmmmmmm

Any suggestions?
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Old 05-27-2004, 10:34 AM   #64
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Any suggestions?[/QUOTE]


www.motorcycleexpress.com

Check with these guys. They do this kind of stuff all day long.
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Old 05-27-2004, 12:38 PM   #65
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Being More Alive

SV, Go Man Go. I said it before & I’ll say it again you’re a huge inspiration to all us wanabe adventures. I think one of the main reasons a lot of us fail to follow through on our adventure plans are all the logistics involved in caring out the plan and the thought of the unknown along the way. By you spelling out your thought pattern in trying to figure out how to get you bike to Vladivostok and the GPS thing you’re laying out a road map for others to follow. Ya it’s difficult and ya it’s scary and ya it probably won’t go as planned but that’s why it’s called an adventure. I remember planning my first big adventure south of the border a couple years ago and all the chills I got up the back of my neck and the gut wrenching feelings I had when thinking about crossing the border solo, finding places to sleep and what would I do if I had bike troubles. So many times during my month of planning I felt like saying F it and just going back to my routine of going to work than home. Then I stumbled on your site describing your adventure through Belize, that changed my plans from a two weeker to Mazatlan to a five weeker to Belize (I’m formally belizebiker) Man that changed my life! Thanks again SV, your doing more good then you will ever know.
The chills and gut wrenching feelings are still with me when planning my cruises but I’ve learned to embrace the feelings as part of being more alive.

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Old 05-27-2004, 11:33 PM   #66
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Indeed the adventure has begun. I took a shot at calling my local congressman, Jim Battin, to see if he could get DMV moving. After several calls back and forth, they said if I could prove we overnighted the paperwork we would be home free. I located all the receipts and proof of delivery as requested and the congressman's secretary called me back stating my permanent California title would be in the mail this afternoon. Yeah and I promise not to...

We shall see.

It appears I will be air freighting to Tokyo and catching the ferry over to Siberia. Does anyone have information on where and when the ferry leaves from? Are you out there Pete?
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Old 05-27-2004, 11:51 PM   #67
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It appears I will be air freighting to Tokyo and catching the ferry over to Siberia. Does anyone have information on where and when the ferry leaves from? Are you out there Pete?
I sent you a bit of info several weeks ago on what's going as far as ferries between Japan and Siberia. of course it could have been out of date, in the mean time i've asked an Aussie friend who lives there to give me any current info
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Old 05-28-2004, 12:04 PM   #68
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hey SV ; any plans for coming to Canada ? we are smack in the middle of the prairies ; otherwise known as the " dinner plate". we have the twintravellers ( twintraveller.com ) staying with us right now.
good luck, ride hard, live free !
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Old 05-31-2004, 08:28 AM   #69
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Got my Carne information, the cost is not as bad as I thought.




Date: May 28, 2004

Mr. Glen Heggstad
PO Box 1791
Palm Springs, CA 92263 USA

2005 BMW 650 Dakar
V. I. N. #: WB10186A952L45066
Eng. #: Not listed
Gas/mileage 5,000 miles

Travelling through: Japan, China, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Iraq, Bhutan, Mongolia, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysian, Australian, New Zealand, South Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Madagascar, Zambia, Namibia, Angola, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Benin, Guinea, Uganda, Tanzania, Oman, Yemen, Kenya, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Cameroon, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Tasmania, Eritrea, CAR, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Cuba.



Country Carnet required % of duty and taxes
Yes or no

Japan Yes- Before Customs clearance, importer must present carnet for verification to the nearest Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) office, where the JAF will complete the document "Application for Authentication of Carnet" (Customs form V. No.1000). Unless the carnet has been verified by the JAF, the Customs authorities will not recognize the carnet. 5%

China No- Borders closed to individual tourist vehicles

Eastern Europe No-

Turkey No-

Jordan Yes- 25%

Syria Yes- 0%

Israel No-




Iraq Yes- Because of the war there is presently no government agency in Iraq and a Carnet will not be issued valid for Iraq

Bhutan No- Borders closed to individual tourist vehicles

Mongolia No- Borders closed to individual tourist vehicles

Iran Yes- 120 CIF

Pakistan Yes- 107.5%

India Yes- 98%

Nepal Yes- 98%

Thailand No- Deposit of Duty required

Cambodia No- Borders closed to individual tourist vehicles

Laos No- Borders closed to individual tourist vehicles

Vietnam No- Borders closed to individual tourist vehicles

Malaysia Yes- 15%

Australia Yes- 10%

New Zealand Yes- 12.5%

South Africa Yes- 29%

Mozambique No-

Ethiopia No- Deposit of duty required

Chad Yes- 100%

Niger Yes- 25%

Nigeria No- Form 45 (Temporary Importation Document issued free)

Sudan No- Advance permission required + bank guarantee

Egypt Yes- 55%

Morocco No- Declaration of Temporary Importation

Algeria No- Written Undertaking

Libya Yes- 100%-

Zimbabwe No- Temporary Import Permit required for all vehicles

Botswana Yes- 29%

Madagascar Yes- 100%

Zambia No- Permit issued at the border

Namibia Yes- 29%

Angola No-

Ghana Yes- Free

Mali Yes- 0%

Senegal Yes- 73.30%

Benin Yes- 100%

Guinea No- Advance permission required

Uganda Yes- 100%

Tanzania Yes- 100%

Oman Yes- 5%

Yemen Yes- 48.7%

Kenya Yes- 78%

Congo Yes- 100%

Democratic Republic of Congo Yes- 100%

Gabon Yes- 50%

Cameroon Yes- 53%

Saudi Arabia No-

United Arab Emirates Yes- 4%

Tasmania Yes- 100%

Eritrea No-

CAR Yes- 100%-

Turkmenistan No-

Uzbekistan No-

Kazakhstan No-

Cuba No-





Value of Vehicle:

At time of purchase: $8,000.00 US = $ 11,000.00 Cad.

Owners value now: $8,000.00 US = $ 11,000.00 Cad.

2005 BMW MSRP Value: $ 8,800.00 US = $ 12,000.00 Cad.




I suggest we price the vehicle at $ 12,000.00 x 120 CIF%

Equals

Cost $12,000.00
Insurance $ 600.00
Freight $ 1,000.00
Total $13,600.00 X 120% = $16,300.00 needed as a guarantee.




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Old 05-31-2004, 09:56 AM   #70
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Your not kidding are you? Hope your travels are peaceable and your bike sustains it's manners well! Please keep us posted of your journey maybe some of us that are not so fortunate can live your experience's right along with you.
Take care!
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Old 05-31-2004, 04:15 PM   #71
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Travelling through: Japan, China, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Iraq, Bhutan, Mongolia, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysian, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Madagascar, Zambia, Namibia, Angola, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Benin, Guinea, Uganda, Tanzania, Oman, Yemen, Kenya, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Cameroon, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Tasmania, Eritrea, CAR, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Cuba.
Good luck with the trip. PM me if you are passing through the North Coast of NSW and need a place to stay.
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Old 06-05-2004, 10:05 PM   #72
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A few bike preparation photos.

California DMV finally took the time to send me that expedited 72 hour title a month late. Thank you Congressman Jim Battin. The Russians sent an email confirming my visa has been approved and it is in the mail. Here we go!
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Old 06-05-2004, 10:07 PM   #73
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Old 06-05-2004, 10:08 PM   #74
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