Russia,Mongolia,Ukraine.....Netherlands on a KLR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Doogle, May 7, 2013.

  1. Doogle

    Doogle Been here awhile

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    In the morning I went to LEI at the airport to fill out shipping papers and pay $1694.77 for the transport.While I was there, the crated bike arrived from Pacific Motorsport. I helped uncover and open things for their inspection. After that, I went an hour east to visit and spend the night with snowbird friends. It was the best sleep I had in a week.I wanted to visit other friends also, but they were even farther from the airport.

    I left for the airport a little after 9am. My flight was at 2:45. But I was told I should be there 4 hours early.I returned my car and waited through lines.I finally ate at a Tim Hortons. A good sandwich, doughnut, and large ice tea for the $6.02. Almost free for airport rates.

    You know when you're waiting for a plane and there is a screaming kid near, you hope they will be in first class.Well I had the little screamer 2 seats and an aisle away. Earplugs with earphones over top work magic. I also had a great aisle seat with emergency exit duties. 6 feet of open space straight in front of me. And the woman next to me was moved forward. My longest flight ever. But it was good. The Korean Air crew was the best I ever saw also. 2 meals and snacks.

    I took a bus to Seoul where I have 3 nights booked. It took about an hour. As usual, I couldn't find where I wanted to go. I did my usual routine. I was taken to my hotel in a police car.

    I will try to edit some pictures into this journal this afternoon. I just haven't had time yet.
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  2. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    That's the best Doug:rofl Sounds like you are doing it right to me:thumb

    Also sounds pretty reasonable for shipping the bike by air over the Pacific, nice and quick I hope. Did you get a carnet or just doing temporary importations for each country? I heard you have to have one and pre-register it if you want to ride in Japan if that is your next stop after Korea.

    Give er hell man:clap:clap:clap
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  3. grahamfitter

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  4. rod1

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    Look forward to reading your reports and seeing photos. Rod
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  5. Doogle

    Doogle Been here awhile

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    You do need one for Japan. I won't need one.
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  6. Doogle

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    About the photos. Well, I can't figure how to get the pics from my camera to the tablet. Today I took my SD card and tried to download on the hotel pc. It said card error. I can't bring them up on my camera now. I put another card in the camera-it works. I'll save the other card and see if
    I can recover any pictures when I get home.Sure wish I had my netbook here.

    I just talked to Seouljoe, the local biking guru around here.He told me I need to get my bike as early as I can tomorrow and ride to Sokcho.Its a 6 hour ride.I will need to forfet my 3rd night here. He said I need to have my bike at the ferry by 9am for the 1pm departure.If I miss that ferry, I would have to take the more expensive ferry to Vladivostok on Thursday. That would also mean waiting 3-4 days to clear customs versus 3 hours in Zarubino.

    Korean Air called the hotel today wanting to know when I am getting my bike.My translaters said when customs opens on Monday. I don't know what all they talked about.But there were 3 girls taking turns talking on the phone sith them.They gave me a piece of paper with a phone number, directions, and who to talk with in the morning.They will be glad I'm leaving a day early.
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  7. SeanF

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    Ah, the joys of the logistics of importing a motor vehicle via air freight. I don't envy you that at all. :D

    For your photos, maybe you could use a cable to connect the camera to the tablet? I think there are 3 sizes of USB connector, and I doubt you'd have a problem finding a cable with the right connectors.

    Enjoy & be safe!
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  8. lakota

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    so in for this one!
    Ride safe.
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  9. Montana Wayne

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    Hi Doug good luck and have a safe trip. Keep us informed as you go along. Remember to take all your valuables with you when leave your bike alone:norton. Wayne Rio Bend
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  10. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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  11. LivnLif2TheFulst

    LivnLif2TheFulst An Adventurous Soul

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    :super Subscribed.... looking forward to your RR on this adventure from another Buckeye in Cbus

    OH - -,

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  12. Doogle

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    I got up at 5am and had breakfast. Then I went to an ATM machine and withdrew 100, 000 wons.Today it gave me money, because I requested it from the correct account. Now I had money to buy a bus ticket. I took the hour bus ride to the airport to retrieve my motorcycle. Korean Air sent me to customs. Another 10 minute bus ride.Next I went to the correct customs building. They said I needed to go into Incheon DMV for some papes.Another hour bus ride and an hour of confusion. I finally finish and take the hour bus ride back to customs,

    Everybody did rush helping me.Especially Mrs. Shinn.She brought me pizza, Coke, tea, and some leftover snacks from a celebration. She knew I had not eaten since 5am.The reason for my rush was he airport is on an island. Motorcycles are not allowed on the expressway. So you need to take a short ferry ride to get to the mainland. The last ferry leaves at 630.I finished with customs at 540. I was taken to the cargo terminal, a 10 minute ride. They rushed to get my crate and set it outside. My driver helped my uncrate my bike. With time running out, I put my panniers, tail bag, windshield, mirrors, and tank bag in the drivers car.These were removed for crating.I could put them on while on the ferry. We may make it in time. I hit the start button and have no electric. I asked the driver to roll a window down so I can hold on as he drives to bump start the bike.The 3rd pull it starts.Now I follow him 9 miles to the ferry.
    As I'm following him I realize why the bike had no electric. When I shipped the bike, I had go disconnect the battery.I'm surprised it would start with the ground disconnected.The guy is running red lights to get me there in time.They were just closing the gate when we got there.They let me on. I parked my bike, as the driver and 2 ferry employees unloadedal my panniers, tailbag, and wwindshield.

    During the ferry ride, I put everything on the bike except the windshield. And I reattaced the battery. When we got to the unloading area, I road the bike off and finished putting everything else back together. Finally on the road back to Seoul. It took about 2 hours going through city rush hours traffic.I decided to sleep a couple hours before riding to Sokcho and boarding that ferry.This ferry only runs once a week, and you need to be there by 9am.I slept from 12 to 2am.Then I left about 230am for the 5 hour ride.
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  13. OverFT5

    OverFT5 Growing older but not up

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    Doogle... impressed so far, sounds like fun. Wish I could do it... there is still Africa!!
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  14. MrGoldfish

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    Wow! Glad you made it alright through that mess. Looking forward to more. Good luck!

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  15. Doogle

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    An alley in Seoul

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    My hotel for 3 days in Seoul


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    Mrs Shin in customs

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    On the ferry to Incheon mainland


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    Reassembling the windshield just off the ferry


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    Incheon harbor


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    Road to Sokcho
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  16. tt100

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    I mentioned earlier my dad is friends with Larry. I wanted to let you know I'm following and looking forward to meeting you when you get back. I like the report so far,


    Safe travels....

    PS - I am willing to do anything you need on the home front or send spare parts ahead or anything you need, just let me know. We'll work it our when you return..... Larry is a good guy so you must be too! just PM me whatever you need,

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  17. MrGoldfish

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    You have pictures up!!! :clap:clap:clap:clap

    Everyone now believes that this trip isn't made up! :D:huh:clap
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  18. GypsyWriter

    GypsyWriter Yup, I'm a girl.

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    LOL!! :lol3:lol3:lol3 I'm glad the pictures are finally working, hopefully you haven't lost the others from the first leg of the trip. :thumb

    In!! :lurk
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  19. gandydancer

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    Doug sounds like you are having fun.

    Lots to talk about at the squirrel when you get back

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  20. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    I'm in! :lurk

    I was actually planning the same route going to Russia next year or 2015 but I wanted to travel on TCAT before getting my bike and myself shipped to Russia. I have a question for you- Is Pacific Motorsports the same company that used to be known as 'Richmond Motorsports'? I asked because on HUBB, it stated that some people used Richmond Motorsports to ship over to Korea but when I googled Richmond Motorsports, it was closed or out of business?? Unless the info on HUBB is incorrect? Did Pacific Motorsports arrange with the shipping company and you just do the paperwork or did you had to make arrangement with shipping company? If you made the arrangement, who is name of the company? Locker Evers? They take major credit card?

    Sorry if I hijacked the thread.. just wanted to get more information since I am planning to get Russia about the similar way.
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