Best Place to Store Bike

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  1. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    Well I just got the OK from my Girl to have a bike in Europe on a permanent basis :wings:wings:wings.
    I've done some riding around the Continent so am familiar with riding there.

    I'll be buying and preparing a KTM 990 in the U.S. and shipping it over the pond .

    What I need is a safe and reasonably priced bike storage facility or some friendly
    advrider who has a spot to store my bike on a long term basis . That would be a lucky
    individual as I have a beautiful guest house and a bunch of bikes in Tucson Az. and
    we could work out something .

    Spain would be cool , Blighty would work, almost anywhere I could get to within a day or
    two from a major air port would be doable.

    Any suggestions or info will be very helpful !
    Yes I know about the usual commercial bike storage facilities and HU info .

    Max
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  2. StartAdventures

    StartAdventures riders on the storm

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    Hey Max, U can park at my place in Milan (Italy) . I wrote U a personal message (conversation) ...cheers
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  3. MichaelJ

    MichaelJ Long timer

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    For a more formal solution, check out Stefan Knopf in Heidelberg.
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  4. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    Thanks I know about them. They have a great service .
    Just looking for options at present .

    Storing in Milan and basing from there appeals to me .
    Andalusia would be nice .

    Max
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    babisadve Been here awhile

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    In case you don't find anything better, Thessaloniki Greece is an option for you.


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  6. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    Hi. I have a secure and insulated storage facility in Cork Ireland.
    I can be reached by whatsapp or viber or imessage on +353868894660.
    Cork airport (ORK) is only 15 min away.
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  7. 2eddies

    2eddies I'm not here.

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    Storing A Bike in Ireland

    I am about to end a two-month trip to Europe that included riding the Wild Atlantic Way route along the Irish coast and also riding in the Alps in France, Italy, Slovenia, Austria and Switzerland. A memorable trip indeed. I bought a moto in Ireland from a Honda dealer in Cork, Ireland and then made easy arrangements to store the bike nearby at Motofeirme, run by an ADV inmate, "wheatwhacker". Insurance was thru Lobagola border insurance. Easy peasy...on all contacts. They were all honest, reasonable, accurate and moderately priced. I never felt ripped off or ackward about the transactions. Dealing with folks in Ireland was made easy for me because everyone spoke English and genuinely wanted everything to go smoothly. The riding season is long and you have easy access to ferries that will take you from Ireland to England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, France or Spain.

    Southern Ireland is gorgeous and the Irish harbour town of Kinsale has been fantastic as a moto base and bike storage location for my European travel plans.

    Need more info...contact

    "Motofeirme" on facebook or the web or "wheatwhacker" on ADV forums

    Lobagola is on the web for Euro moto green card insurance.

    I found my used Honda on
    www.donedeal.ie which is like the Irish equivalent of craigslist in the US with dealers and private parties selling motos.

    I used a tent and sleeping bag for most of my nights for two months and that greatly reduced costs. Ate most of my meals from grocery stores, food trucks or restaurants with the money saved by tent camping. I ate well and very enjoyably! Fuel for the bike, on a high mileage/kilometer trip like mine, ran from a low in Austria of €1,07 per liter to a high of €1,65 per liter in the high remote villages of the Italian Dolomites. When I did the math I was getting 50 mpg, but gas was still expensive! I only made "reservations" for the ferries and never had reservations for accommodations or meals. Never had a problem finding a campsite or a BnB or food or a beer or fuel. Rode by myself solo via paper maps and GPS.

    Email or text "Motofeirme" to get started. If you are flying or shipping your own bike into Ireland, you can store it at Motofeirme near Cork with very reasonable charges.

    I am very satisfied by everything and everybody I dealt with, rode some fantastic countryside and mountains, met a number of fabulous human beings along the way and had good weather most of the time for two months (mid May thru mid July). Ireland and Kinsale in particular, were fun and gorgeous! Riding in the Alps was stunning!

    Now the bike gets to stay with Motofeirme until I go back...the next trip will be even easier to arrange, my bike and moto gear will already be there...I am thinking Spain and the Pyrennes, or Scotland and Wales or hang out in Kinsale and crawl the pubs...

    You can do this too...a little planning and you are good to go! Safe Travels!
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  8. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    MikeJ, curious how one formally stores a motorcycle, assuming you have visited motofeirme in Ireland.
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    Joezeph Been here awhile

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  10. MichaelJ

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    You mean me?

    I ship and store with Stefan Knopf in Heidelberg. I've shipped two bikes over so far that were displaced by newer purchases.

    Regarding Wheatwhacker and Motofeirme, there was a guy at Stefan's a couple of weeks ago that bought his bike there. The Irish registration was my first clue. He had nothing but good things to say about Wheatwhacker.
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  11. BeachGuy

    BeachGuy Lost in paradise!

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    On my way for a second trip to Ireland to pick up my bike. It stays at Motofeirme. Owned and operated by Martin, (AKA here on Adv as Wheatwhacker). My first bike was bought from another US rider when he finished his trip which started at Motofeirme and finished there. Before I finished my ride I told Martin I was going to sell the bike to get a larger one. The day I got home I had an email of another rider wanting to buy my bike. Martin had it sold in two days. I didn't pay much for it and sold it for what I paid for it, minus two new tires, registration and Martins storage fee's and cost.

    Facebook Martin and ask all the questions you need answered. Great guy who is always happy to help. Or message him here on ADV.
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  12. MichaelJ

    MichaelJ Long timer

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    Ran into a buy who bought a bike from Martin who's storing it with Stefan Knopf. At Stefan's place.

    Options everywhere!

    Both Stefan and Martin have sterling reputations.
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  13. Joezeph

    Joezeph Been here awhile

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    Here's a question for those of you who have 1st hand experience of such things;
    "If as an American l buy a bike (any bike) in Southern lreland (Eire) do they allow you to access insurance coverage for an Eire registered 'bike that will allow you to carry on a trip around the rest of Europe (green card insurance?)?"
    I do know Stephan has USA registered bikes for sale that for some technical reason (German address) allow US citizens to buy them off him & he can get the green card insurance which allows you full access to ride in ALL the EUro states/countries even Eire!!
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  14. MichaelJ

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    Stefan doesn't have ANY bikes for sale. He DOES post ads for his customers that want to sell their bikes. Look for mine there soon. Any deals are directly between the seller and buyer. Stefan does ask for a 3% fee from each.

    Green Card insurance insures the bike in participating countries OTHER THAN THE COUNTRY THAT THE BIKE IS REGISTERED IN. One is assumed to have insurance that covers you in that country - so Green Card on an Irish plated bike wouldn't be effective in Ireland.
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  15. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    It seems the German insurance companies don't cover bikes in the country of registration, correct.
    Lobagola Insurance and Motosapiens out of Bulgaria both offer full European coverage as long as the rider is licensed properly.
    An international license is a great asset to have as the Euro Translation for a motorcycle is "class A2" where as on the US license "class A" means a commercial truck.
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  16. pip_muenster

    pip_muenster curious

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    We stored bikes with http://www.motoadventours.com in Malaga, Spain a few years ago. Good service, they organized my bike to be repaired and an airport transfer. I'd do it again.
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  17. MichaelJ

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    In Virginia, it's Class "M".
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  18. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    Yes Mike, but in Europe it's a class A2
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  19. Frgich

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    Hi Ed,

    thanks for the write up !

    Always a pleasure to provide service to community either here or on HUBB.

    Safe travels :beer


    Cheers
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  20. Frgich

    Frgich Long timer

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    We at Lobagola are the only supplier of green card insurance inside of EU that will cover you also in the country where your motorcycle is registered, including all of the EU countries. This is so important for non stressful start of your journey as well as ending it without any fines (or worse).

    Just clearing the things up so the community gets valid info, in time, as it's always from my side.

    We also offer a thread on our website to sell and purchase bikes, no fee is asked from anyone, it's just an interactive online platform that community can use for the benefits of the community.

    Safe travels to everyone :thumb

    Cheers
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