Advice... freight bike USA to Australia

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  1. Aussiejohn

    Aussiejohn Drink Eat Ride

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    Hi all,

    My wife and I are currently in Vernon, BC, Canada on a working holiday and planning on riding our Honda Goldwing 1200A down the coast to fly from LA to Brisbane, QLD, Australia...


    We are leaving Vernon October 31 and looking at flying out of LA early December.


    Seeking any advice...has anyone done this... looking at best method to freight it and how to organise...

    Thanks for your help
    John
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  2. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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  3. Aussiejohn

    Aussiejohn Drink Eat Ride

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  4. DennisK_ID

    DennisK_ID Old and In the Way

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    I'm also interested but wonder if one couldn't pick up used bikes in Aus for not much more than shipping one. Anybody know, either way, from experience?
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  5. Mr. Mota

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    If you have the time, the sea freight connection from LA to Oz is really affordable. Good chance there isn't a direct connection so the bike has to go through Singapore so could easily take 60+ days. But there could very well be a direct connection which is shorter.

    For getting the bike out of Oz again I highly recommend Christian Matzen in Sydney. He has the facilities too. Crates, pressure cleaner, storage, the whole shebang and responsiveness in communication too. Will help you crate the bike too when he has time. It might actually be worth it to contact him because he might be able to recommend someone to get you out of the states. Hell maybe he could do it, not sure though. http://www.matzencargo.com/contact/, grab the email and directly contact him. He set me up with a guy in New Zealand to fly the bike to Chile and his recommendation was top notch. Waiting for the bike here in Santiago as we speak.

    Mind you Queensland has some nut kicking, wallet shrinking rules when it comes to bikes arriving through sea freight. When I got there in 2014 from Japan I was not allowed to ride the bike off the yard and it had to go on a trailer while the thing arrived ro-ro. Had to pay $120aud for the guy with the trailer to do a safety induction for those 15 minutes on the yard. Then you had to get full blown registration + insurance but at least the roadworthy test was a free cakewalk (lady with a checklist). From what I understood New South Wales has easier rules and don't have mandatory insurance, but don't pin me down on it.

    Enjoy the ride mate.
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  6. Meriwether

    Meriwether Following big footprints.

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    Hi, Google GetRouted, they specialise in freighting bikes to Australia.
    I don't know about their costs but from I've read, it is a painless process.
    Regards,
    Mark
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  7. Meriwether

    Meriwether Following big footprints.

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    Hi Dennis,
    Bikes are more expensive downunder, check out bikesales.com.au, but freight costs are a dead loss, so well worth to consider buying.
    Regards,
    Mark
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  8. zzzzzzzzzman

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    Hello,
    I was riding in Alaska in July of 2017 and met a fella who went by the name of Red Cedar on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/red.cedar.792 He was from Australia and shipped his bike (a BMW GSA) from Australia to the US. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you the amount he paid - or who he booked through - but he was a very decent fella - respectful - good sense of humour etc. I do remember that whatever the price he paid to get his bike to North America and whoever it was with - He was happy with the price and the shipping company. I am sure he would be happy to give you some meaningful information - he told me to feel free to contact him should I or anyone else need any info re Australia. Good Luck!
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