My Machine

My Machine
My fourth and current "ride" is a 2002 BMW 1150GS. My first bike was a kawasaki kx80 that I got when I was 12 years old.I rode that around the neighborhood until it died than bought a honda xl350 when I was 16 and rode that until "finished" than went onto the Kawasaki KLR 650 which I had for 10 years and thru my first trip to Asia.

Equipment Lists

  • Garmin Zumo 550 GPS
  • Jessie,Rear Compartment Box
  • Jessie,Odyssey Pannier System
  • Throttle Meister Cruise Control
  • BMW Tank Bag
  • Skid Plates
  • Hand Guards
  • BMW Crash Bars
  • BMW Adventure Fog Lights

Blog Archive

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Crating and Shipping Bike

Shipping the bike overseas can be a big task by itself, especially if you are shipping back home from a foreign land where the language barrier can be hugh obstacle.  Its important to shop around because the shipping costs could vary by as much as 100 percent.  Nippon Express quoted $1200 excluding crating costs.  They also required I use fire proof wood for the crate.  Ridiculous!  Another company said I would need a Carnet de Passage certificate in order to clear customs.  While it is true that many countries do indeed require a "Carnet", I know from experience and research that Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos do not recognize these documents.  I finally settled on Great Way Shipping in South San Francisco.  They charged me $500, San Francisco to Bangkok, with me crating and delivering the package.  I will attempt to clear the bike myself thu Thai Customs.  

Crating the bike was simple since I'm a contractor and have all the tools including the trailer in which to deliver the package in.  The plywood and 2x4s cost about $100.  I started with the base and emphasized strength since this was the most important component of the box.  I then put the base on the trailer and rode my bike onto the base with the help of my wife Wendy.  The wind screen, mirrors and rear luggage box were removed to make the package smaller and thus cut costs.  Straps were tied to the handle bar and secured to eyes hooks that were screwed to the floor.  The front shocks were compressed partially during this process.  I than proceeded to build the box around the base and bike.  2x4s were used to totally secure the bike within the box including one across the rear luggage rack, one thru the engine area adjacent to exhaust manifold and one over the cross bar of the handle bar.  I then put my riding gear, helmet, extra parts and tires and sealed the top and delivered the package to the warehouse.  Totally weight was 1009 pounds.  Bon Voyage!


Kuwaiti Biker Dude said...

Dude; did you ship by sea or by air, and when does your trip start? Nice work on the blog. Keep riding bro.

setsu said...

I am trying to comment to you again.


Anonymous said...

Hi Paul
How're you?
Your trip's very nice.
Hope you well.