Shipping a bike from Sydney to Los Angeles or San Diego

Discussion in 'Australia' started by OldEnuff2NoBetter, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. OldEnuff2NoBetter

    OldEnuff2NoBetter n00b

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    Does anyone have any experience with shipping a bike from Sydney to Los Angeles or San Diego? I haven't been able to find much information about it. I'm clearly looking in the wrong places. The plan would be to ship a bike from Sydney ( or maybe even Melbourne ) to California, ride from the Mexican border to the Canadian border and then have the bike shipped back again.

    Grateful for any advice on where to look to get some information on such a thing.
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  2. YouAreNotASlave

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    I researched shipping my bike here back to Australia (one way from CA) and it’s about $900usd. I can dig up the firm that I got a quote from. The quote that I got had things like inspections, etc but did not include GST (which I expect you won’t pay in your case).

    My two cents? If you’re going to be there 10 days or less, renting would be worthwhile.

    Also, when are you planning on going? My last hurrah before heading back to Oz is a cross country trip (NY to CA) then Seattle to Baja.
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  3. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

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    Rent or post in the West Coast regional offering reciprocal bike use
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  4. Rider 101

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    A few years ago a mate did the Sturgis thing on his Harley. It was organised through Fraser's in Newcastle ( or maybe Sydney ). They might be able to point you in the right direction.
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  5. OzRider64

    OzRider64 Friggen slow Adventurer.

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    I think by his itinerary, he’ll be needing more than ten days.
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  6. YouAreNotASlave

    YouAreNotASlave Adventurer

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    I just reread his itinerary. You’re right!


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  7. Mouse

    Mouse I'm only smelly

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    The hard part might be getting the bike back or at least satisfying Aqis.

    Horizons unlimited might be a good place to hunt info...
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  8. BOOTLACE

    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum.

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    Air Canada do excellent deals on bike flights. Mayhaps go to Canada first....?
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  9. OldEnuff2NoBetter

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    Thanks for the replies. I'll follow them up. I'm Canadian and Australian (been in Oz for 25 years) so wanted the trip to end up in Canada. The idea is to ride north from the Mexican border on as much dirt as possible. My brother has a place in Phoenix so if I do it early enough in the year he'll be still there, escaping from the Canadian winter. I'd also like to track through Colorado where I lived before Australia and where I still have a bunch of friends. The end point is in the Okanagan just north of the US border at my mother's place. I'd like to ride a bunch of the Backcountry Discovery Routes on the way, they look great. If I could ship the bike to somewhere in southern California ride to the Mexican border to start the trip, do the ride then ship the bike home from Canada that would be perfect.

    As there are quite a few unknowns at this point, the plan still needs quite a bit of percolating.
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  10. DOT

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  11. FTL900

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    That sounds like you'll want to ride the BDR routes.. they run north and south through several west coast states, and avoid pavement as much as possible.
    There's probably a million threads on riding them in here. I think California is currently in development, but I know many other states are available- including Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

    https://ridebdr.com/
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  12. Dazzler71

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    http://www.tradelanes.com.au
    http://www.bikesabroad.com.au

    There is another guy who organises shipment of bikes but can't remember his site.

    It'll cost a lot
    You can go sea or air. Air is quicker, more expensive.
    You can get it all done for you with bikes abroad. Drop the bike off a couple of weeks prior and go pick it up at destination.
    Sea is a fair bit cheaper but takes longer and apparently there can be extra costs at ports that add up.
    I've not looked into going to the US tho, only South America.
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  13. XRHondafan

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    I’d be interested to as thinking about riding my bike around SoCal and Mexico for a few weeks

    Airfreight is what $1500 one way ?
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  14. motoxfox

    motoxfox Been here awhile

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    Whilst your still in the planning of your US routes... if your not already aware of them, look up 'Parkways'.
    There's some sensational runs particularly up the East Coast for instance that
    are the original Wagon Trails from the Settlers / Civil War days.

    Seen some sensational pics. Definitely on my list.
    GL ...post back what you find, re:shipping, please.
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  15. Eddywoodgo

    Eddywoodgo two wheeled nomad

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    I air freighted a bike from Brissy to LAX a few years ago. I used an agent and I have forgotten the name of the firm cause you have to get a dangerous goods certificate. I think it cost around $1200 one way. Once I got to the us I did my own temporary import. It wasn't that hard even jet lagged as fuck. A little bit of running around cause you have to go to the receiving agent pick up papers and take them to US customs. Fill out forms then back to receiving to collect your pony. Temporary vehicle permit is for 12 mths. To equit the permit, you have to show the bike is on its way or at its home port. I shipped the bike by sea out of LA. back to Brisbane. It took months and cost nearly as much as air freight. There is a bit of paper work to have your bike come back into Australia but it wasn't that hard. And you have to have the thing very clean but I got through no problems. I am glad I took my my bike but in saying that there are plenty of cheep but good bikes there already. There is an inmate who I meet John Tucker in LA he advertises that he will buy and register a bike for you. He is a pretty decent fella, yep he makes money doing this but he is honest. The yanks are generally pretty helpful.
    Horizons unlimited is a good source of info as well
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  16. XRHondafan

    XRHondafan Long timer

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    My experience with shipping was similar - too farking ages and cost a bomb.

    Air freight is way to go cost-time wise
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  17. Eddywoodgo

    Eddywoodgo two wheeled nomad

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    There are lots of hidden costs with sea frieght. The port handling fees especially in australia are pretty high.
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