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Shipping Motorcycle to US from South America...Help Por favor!

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by BMWpitt, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. BMWpitt

    BMWpitt Adventurer

    Aug 20, 2012
    What up inmates!

    Im planning a Pittsburgh to TDF trip this year and wanted to tap the always knowledgable minds of you guys/gals here. I plan on flying back home to the US after my trip and want to ship the bike as well. Has anyone shipped a bike to the United States from South America? Did you airfreight or ship via a container? From what city? Was this a big pain in the ass and super expensive? THanks for the insight!!:clap:clap
  2. catweasel67

    catweasel67 Honda XRV 750 RD04

    Aug 18, 2009
    Vienna, Austria

    I shipped from Europe to the US via Canada - having been told it was more reliable, easier, and cheaper, to clear Canadian customs than US customs.

    I chose to fly my bike as I could "guarantee" it arrived when I did. I was told that shipping via the sea means a much more variable arrival window - 6 to 16 weeks - and that didn't work for me.

    So...2 things for you to bear in mind - clearing customs, arrival window.
  3. FlowBee

    FlowBee Just me.

    Oct 11, 2004
    Check with Dakar Motos in Buenos Aires. They should be able to help you out quite a bit for a reasonable fee. Other inmates have used their help recently.

    Plan on $1-2K to ship the bike by air to North America.
  4. MountaineerWV

    MountaineerWV Been here awhile

    Apr 25, 2008
    West Virginia
    I met a fellow ADVRider, Sean, in Punta Arenas, Chile that shipped his KTM 690 SM to LA (or maybe San Fran) back in March. He has a ride report up in the Ride Report section. Sorry, but can't remember the thread name. He could probably point you in the right direction.

    I didn't want to deal with shipping my DR650 back (especially not after 35k miles of mostly off road). I sold it in Punta Arenas and saved myself the headache. There is one bike rental place there that buys a few bikes a year from travelers, or you can find a private buyer. Beware that most people will not be able to afford a BMW or KTM.