Some questions on a Europe trip, and motorcycle shipping...

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  1. enduro Dan

    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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    How did you survive the rain on that bike?
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  2. enduro Dan

    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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    More traffic.
    WHO DO THEY THINK THEY ARE?

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  3. enduro Dan

    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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    Ok
    Last one
    Promise. :lol3

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  4. glitch_oz

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    That shot took balls! :-)

    Badly, that turd-surfing would've been more fun on a K16 :D
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  5. MichaelJ

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    Reminiscent of a day in Italy in 2015. Semi large herd of cattle coming up, me going down. Just killed the bike's engine and sat there hoping that they wouldn't knock me over as they jostled by on both sides, leaving the usual detritus, of course. They DID break off a front turn signal. Wish that I had video.
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  6. nickguzzi

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    Some great shots there guys.

    Getting mixed up with the Transhumance is a multisensory experience.

    Had the surrounded by cows thing once, the time I had lost my glasses. Was teetering on the brink, unable to see where my toes were going. The verge was several inches lower, and a water\grass\slurry concoction.
    At least the cow that decided I was a suitable target only needed a piss. (and I had my thick PVC sailorman's suit on).
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  7. slowriding

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    My bike was supposed to leave LAX for FRA via Lufthansa on 7 July but got held up in out bound customs. It did fly out a couple of days later and is now in FRA. I was getting nervous the bike would end up in a lost luggage warehouse in Bangladesh but so far still on schedule to collect the bike Tues. In about 14 hours I should be drinking a gin and tonic on a British Air 747 heading to FRA.
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  8. nickguzzi

    nickguzzi Long timer

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    Have a pleasant flight and enjoy your travels.

    There are worse places than Frankfurt to have a layover.
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  9. slowriding

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    Currently sitting in Wissembourg, France and putting closure on shipping my bike to FRA from LAX via Lufthansa. Before leaving the states I got a notice the bike had cleared customs in FRA and on arrival at LHR there was an email saying the bike would be delivered to my hotel between 0930 - 1100 on Tuesday. Just as planned the hotel front desk called my room, the truck had arrived at 1000, a third party moto specific semi truck. The driver used a forklift to lift the bike, (still on the pallet) and put it in the hotel garage where I could load up and hit the road.

    The process of dealing with Lufthansa is a bit more involved than the reports I have read on shipping via Air Canada. There were many emails and PDF's with scanned documents coming and going but the employees in the cargo dept were very good. If it is true that I am the first to ship to FRA then the process is amazing in the lack of drama and I suspect it will only get better. Would I recommend Lufthansa? Yes, with the provision that you be ready to deal with lots of email and sending various documents as PDF's. Thank you to the good folks at Lufthansa @ myAirCargo.
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  10. MichaelJ

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    When you get a chance - what documents? Anything out of the usual (Power of Attorney, Title, Registration, etc.)?
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    How receptive was the hotel?
    What about the packing crate?
    Are you able to re use it?
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    MichaelJ, the docs are pretty much the same old thing with the exception of the Employer Identification Number (EIN). Customs the world over seems pretty consistent in what they want, it's the asshats that work there that drive me nuts, not all but enough of them to test your power of self-control.

    Enduro, the hotel had no issue. The receptionist even did translating for me as the driver did not speak English and my German is 40 years in the past, I did tip the lady 5 Euro for her help. The crate is really just a steel pallet with hinged front and back rails. If you PM me your email I will send you a pic, (not very good but it's all I have), sadly I don't know how to do pic posting unless I can do it direct, that 3rd party stuff confuses this old guy. Both the box for gear or whatever you can stuff in it and the pallet are property of Lufthansa thankfully. I wouldn't know what to do with a 500 lb pallet in my garage.

    I'm staying in Colmar for a couple of days to ride the area but I wouldn't come here again, to big a city. I had thought of Kayserberg and after driving by the outskirts double glad I didn't go there, packed to the gills with tourists. I did take a spirited run from K-berg to Saint Die round trip and that was a hoot. Third day of riding and no tickets. :D
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  13. nickguzzi

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    There's Neuf Brisach, a Vauban fort not far, and some of the Maginot line stuff in the area.
    Or some of the smaller wine towns. If I remember well, the food was mostly excellent.
  14. enduro Dan

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    Looks like the process went very good.
    Nicely packaged!

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  15. MichaelJ

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    About how big was the "Motorcycle Equipment Box"?
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    He said around the size of an army footlocker.
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    Must have missed that. Thanks.
  18. enduro Dan

    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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    That from from the e mail I got from him.


    I gave him a fast tutorial on posting pictures
    Hopefully he'll share some.
  19. nickguzzi

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    If inclement - or too hot, in Mulhouse down the road, the National Rail Museum and also the much larger National Automobile Museum (it may be called other things, it has had a few name changes) Lots of Bugattis - it's all explained inside. And other stuff, from racers to 2cv's, tractors to Hispanos.
    Both worthy of a look for the mechanically minded or aesthetically inclined.

    Many of the smaller vineyards offer tastings - I usually try out some over a meal and head off to the ones I preferred. One of my favourites is a decent Gewürztraminer. But lots of Riesling about too, surprisingly different from most of the German production.
    Hugel is good stuff that is widely available without breaking the bank. Zind Humbrecht and Trimbach are usually bought by someone else.
  20. MichaelJ

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    Ah, Nick!

    You ride to eat.

    I eat to ride.