Shipping from Australia to Singapore to start a trip

Discussion in 'Asia Pacific' started by Macbrowndog1, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. Macbrowndog1

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    me and a couple of friends are planning to ride from Singapore to London in May 2017 for 4 months and need to get my bike and gear from the Australian mainland to Singapore... Can anyone assist... and help with licenses , insurance etc would be great... Riding a GS1200

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    Andrew
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    You haven't left yourself much time. :lol3
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  3. Macbrowndog1

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    Yep.... I meant 2018... One year rolls into another when you are off riding your bike

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  4. The Bigfella

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    Yeah, the mob that shipped my bike to Timor Leste from Darwin also go to Singapore. I think they are part of Toll now.
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  5. The Bigfella

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    Just checked my ride report. It was Perkins Shipping in Darwin... but, as I said, they may be part of Toll. We shipped to Dili, in Timor Leste... tootled around there for a while, then I spent 3 and a half months in Indonesia (and some time back home) before shipping across to Malaysia on an onion boat. Perkins boats go to Singapore though. Other option would be Malaysian Airlines air freight to Kuala Lumpur, which IIRC was fairly cheap
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    Thanks.... The original plan was to go to Darwin then across to Timor and make our way across Indonesia then across to Singapore but all the island hopping would be a challenge to arrange
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  7. The Bigfella

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    Not really... just front up to the ferry wharf and go. Kupang to Flores, Flores to Sumbawa, to Lombok, Bali, Java, Sumatra and then into Malaysia. Longest of those is the first one... and over-nighter. Some of the others are an hour or so
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    Thanks.. very helpful and worth considering... Is there a way to Kupang from Australia with the bike or do we need to fly to Timor?
    In regards to the various ferries do they operate every day... We have a time schedule to meet other riders in China (to be escorted thru China)

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    One address to answer all questions.... HUBB!
    Lots of guys there who've been there, done that.....or being there and doing it right now !
    http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/
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  10. gperkins

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    Perkins morphed into TOLL and then TOLL morphed into ANL. They are a bunch of thieves to put it bluntly. Use Bollore Logistics, just google them. They still use one of ANL's two vessels doing the Darwin - Dili - Singapore route. But are much better to deal with and cheaper.

    If I may suggest, don't go to Singapore. It's a nightmare to take a motorbike. Get off in Timor Leste and go island hopping on the local ferry's. If you can get 6 bikes together in Darwin and fill a 20ft container, it will cost you about $750 ea. We did last Oct. Put the word out there on the HUBB and elsewhere.
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    I went the other way almost 10yrs ago.. and could only do Sumatra, Java & Bali, was planning to go to Dili but the 2008 coup attempt got in the way so I airfreighted the bike from Bali to Oz. But anyway, Indonesia is one of THE most fantastic places that I have ever been to. I would not skip it period. It is a bit tough at times, traffic can be horrible and doing the distance can be slow (and never expect the ferries to follow the timetables!) but yeah it has adventure written all over it, I really hope I get to go there again some time.
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    Hi me again... We have decided to go to Dili and follow your suggested route... One problem I cant seem to find a ferry to get the bikes from Sumatra to Malaysia.... Any suggestions?

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    Andrew
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    Hi, Did you got to Sumatra if so how did you get the bike to Malaysia

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  14. The Bigfella

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    I used a shipping company from Medan in Sumatra to Malaysia. Details are somewhere in my trip report. The guy I dealt with would have retired by now, but I guess there's someone who would have taken over from him. The boat went on a 100' wooden ship, the onion boat... transports vegetables, etc. I had to fly over.
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  15. The Bigfella

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    This is in Penang... add the Malaysian country code, drop the 0... and give 'em a call and see what the story is now

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    There is no scheduled ferry service for people & vehicles between Sumartra and Penang. But there are a number of ways of achieving this crossing. Mr Lim and one of his onion boats being the best known example. From Medan to Georgetown.

    May I make a suggestion. There is a regular ferry service from Semarang Java to Borneo ( Kumai ). Borneo is WAY more relaxed, good roads and a lot to see. Once in either Kuching or Kota Kinabulu then you can put your bike on a Giga shipping RoRo to Port Klang and you fly. Believe it or not this is cheaper than Java-Sumartra-Penang and a far better option in my opinion.
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  17. Pecha72

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    I transported the bike from Georgetown Malaysia to Belawan Sumatra using Cakra Shipping ┬┤onion boats┬┤ (bike only, so I had to take a passenger boat). This was in Feb. 2008.
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