Striking Viking bumming the world (On the road again)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by strikingviking, May 11, 2004.

  1. petefromberkeley

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    Hey Ricardo,

    Yeah the journal is at www.petefromberkeley,com, but I haven't updated it since, like, Costa Rica or somewhere. I'll do that now and let you know when it's done.

    Pete
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  2. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    as pete mentioned you need a carnet, go to Grants site horizonsunlimited.com for much info , they have some new shipping info too, road help voulenteers around the world, info on your route etc... good site, Grant bleeds bmw...
    if you need any assistance in the seattle, van BC area , let me know , I am have way between both, grant is in Van bc,

    Helge peterson runs this route, he lives in seattle, touratechusa is in seattle also if you need any trick stuff.

    Be sure to read Dr Greg Fraisers reports, fun and informative :1drink
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  3. strikingviking

    strikingviking Long timer

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    Thanks. The main snag now is the California DMV, they still have not processed the expedited title and when the dealer called them they said they haven't even got to that pile yet to begin. As it stands, the DMV will likely take another month.

    Plan B is to air freight direct into Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Fed X just gave me a $4,000.00 quote. I must do my own customs clearance and hazardous materials forms. Zeeesh

    Plan C is to air freight into Tokyo and ride north to catch the ferry over to Vladivostok. That's providing the Russians grant me a business visa based on the letter I paid some Internet company to provide me. Murphy is in control.

    Plan D is to air freight to Frankfurt with Motocycles Express for two grand but they handle everything much smoother or so they claim. Then I must head up into Russia from there. Hmmmmmmmm

    Any suggestions?
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  4. motozilla

    motozilla Long timer

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  5. cavebiker

    cavebiker Old School Adventurer

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    SV, Go Man Go. I said it before & I’ll say it again you’re a huge inspiration to all us wanabe adventures. I think one of the main reasons a lot of us fail to follow through on our adventure plans are all the logistics involved in caring out the plan and the thought of the unknown along the way. By you spelling out your thought pattern in trying to figure out how to get you bike to Vladivostok and the GPS thing you’re laying out a road map for others to follow. Ya it’s difficult and ya it’s scary and ya it probably won’t go as planned but that’s why it’s called an adventure. I remember planning my first big adventure south of the border a couple years ago and all the chills I got up the back of my neck and the gut wrenching feelings I had when thinking about crossing the border solo, finding places to sleep and what would I do if I had bike troubles. So many times during my month of planning I felt like saying F it and just going back to my routine of going to work than home. Then I stumbled on your site describing your adventure through Belize, that changed my plans from a two weeker to Mazatlan to a five weeker to Belize (I’m formally belizebiker) Man that changed my life! Thanks again SV, your doing more good then you will ever know.
    The chills and gut wrenching feelings are still with me when planning my cruises but I’ve learned to embrace the feelings as part of being more alive.
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  6. strikingviking

    strikingviking Long timer

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    Indeed the adventure has begun. I took a shot at calling my local congressman, Jim Battin, to see if he could get DMV moving. After several calls back and forth, they said if I could prove we overnighted the paperwork we would be home free. I located all the receipts and proof of delivery as requested and the congressman's secretary called me back stating my permanent California title would be in the mail this afternoon. Yeah and I promise not to...

    We shall see.

    It appears I will be air freighting to Tokyo and catching the ferry over to Siberia. Does anyone have information on where and when the ferry leaves from? Are you out there Pete?
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  7. sandgroper

    sandgroper Long timer

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    I sent you a bit of info several weeks ago on what's going as far as ferries between Japan and Siberia. of course it could have been out of date, in the mean time i've asked an Aussie friend who lives there to give me any current info
    Ed
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  8. sparky69

    sparky69 Been here awhile

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    hey SV ; any plans for coming to Canada ? we are smack in the middle of the prairies ; otherwise known as the " dinner plate". we have the twintravellers ( twintraveller.com ) staying with us right now.
    good luck, ride hard, live free !
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  9. strikingviking

    strikingviking Long timer

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    Got my Carne information, the cost is not as bad as I thought.




    Date: May 28, 2004

    Mr. Glen Heggstad
    PO Box 1791
    Palm Springs, CA 92263 USA

    2005 BMW 650 Dakar
    V. I. N. #: WB10186A952L45066
    Eng. #: Not listed
    Gas/mileage 5,000 miles

    Travelling through: Japan, China, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Iraq, Bhutan, Mongolia, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysian, Australian, New Zealand, South Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Madagascar, Zambia, Namibia, Angola, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Benin, Guinea, Uganda, Tanzania, Oman, Yemen, Kenya, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Cameroon, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Tasmania, Eritrea, CAR, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Cuba.



    Country Carnet required % of duty and taxes
    Yes or no

    Japan Yes- Before Customs clearance, importer must present carnet for verification to the nearest Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) office, where the JAF will complete the document "Application for Authentication of Carnet" (Customs form V. No.1000). Unless the carnet has been verified by the JAF, the Customs authorities will not recognize the carnet. 5%

    China No- Borders closed to individual tourist vehicles

    Eastern Europe No-

    Turkey No-

    Jordan Yes- 25%

    Syria Yes- 0%

    Israel No-




    Iraq Yes- Because of the war there is presently no government agency in Iraq and a Carnet will not be issued valid for Iraq

    Bhutan No- Borders closed to individual tourist vehicles

    Mongolia No- Borders closed to individual tourist vehicles

    Iran Yes- 120 CIF

    Pakistan Yes- 107.5%

    India Yes- 98%

    Nepal Yes- 98%

    Thailand No- Deposit of Duty required

    Cambodia No- Borders closed to individual tourist vehicles

    Laos No- Borders closed to individual tourist vehicles

    Vietnam No- Borders closed to individual tourist vehicles

    Malaysia Yes- 15%

    Australia Yes- 10%

    New Zealand Yes- 12.5%

    South Africa Yes- 29%

    Mozambique No-

    Ethiopia No- Deposit of duty required

    Chad Yes- 100%

    Niger Yes- 25%

    Nigeria No- Form 45 (Temporary Importation Document issued free)

    Sudan No- Advance permission required + bank guarantee

    Egypt Yes- 55%

    Morocco No- Declaration of Temporary Importation

    Algeria No- Written Undertaking

    Libya Yes- 100%-

    Zimbabwe No- Temporary Import Permit required for all vehicles

    Botswana Yes- 29%

    Madagascar Yes- 100%

    Zambia No- Permit issued at the border

    Namibia Yes- 29%

    Angola No-

    Ghana Yes- Free

    Mali Yes- 0%

    Senegal Yes- 73.30%

    Benin Yes- 100%

    Guinea No- Advance permission required

    Uganda Yes- 100%

    Tanzania Yes- 100%

    Oman Yes- 5%

    Yemen Yes- 48.7%

    Kenya Yes- 78%

    Congo Yes- 100%

    Democratic Republic of Congo Yes- 100%

    Gabon Yes- 50%

    Cameroon Yes- 53%

    Saudi Arabia No-

    United Arab Emirates Yes- 4%

    Tasmania Yes- 100%

    Eritrea No-

    CAR Yes- 100%-

    Turkmenistan No-

    Uzbekistan No-

    Kazakhstan No-

    Cuba No-





    Value of Vehicle:

    At time of purchase: $8,000.00 US = $ 11,000.00 Cad.

    Owners value now: $8,000.00 US = $ 11,000.00 Cad.

    2005 BMW MSRP Value: $ 8,800.00 US = $ 12,000.00 Cad.




    I suggest we price the vehicle at $ 12,000.00 x 120 CIF%

    Equals

    Cost $12,000.00
    Insurance $ 600.00
    Freight $ 1,000.00
    Total $13,600.00 X 120% = $16,300.00 needed as a guarantee.




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  10. Renazco

    Renazco Formerly AKA Boejangles

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    Your not kidding are you? Hope your travels are peaceable and your bike sustains it's manners well! Please keep us posted of your journey maybe some of us that are not so fortunate can live your experience's right along with you.
    Take care!
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  11. Burren Rider

    Burren Rider Aussie Adventurer

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    Good luck with the trip. PM me if you are passing through the North Coast of NSW and need a place to stay.
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  12. strikingviking

    strikingviking Long timer

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    A few bike preparation photos.

    California DMV finally took the time to send me that expedited 72 hour title a month late. Thank you Congressman Jim Battin. The Russians sent an email confirming my visa has been approved and it is in the mail. Here we go!
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  13. strikingviking

    strikingviking Long timer

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    Striking Vikng riding apparel. Dave Brown looking cool.
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  14. strikingviking

    strikingviking Long timer

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    A little PR.
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  15. strikingviking

    strikingviking Long timer

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    130 watts for tailgaters. :D
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  16. strikingviking

    strikingviking Long timer

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    I wanted to use the stock BMW Adventure top case because it's so convenient to use for security. I stash a camera, laptop, video camera and vital documents inside. One twist of the key and it goes with me when I am more than sprinting distance from the bike.
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  17. strikingviking

    strikingviking Long timer

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    The stock bracket bolts right up to Jimmy's custom made aluminum plate. Now I can use the topcase.
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  18. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    SV... make sure you check out www.f650.com and especially the FAQ's. Damn single best motorcycle support site on the 'net. Have fun!
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  19. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    I see you went with Al's bags again. Here's a tip: when you get back and consider moving back to a larger bike, the same bags that fit the F650 will also fit the V-Strom and the KTM 950 (with appropriate racks of course!).
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  20. strikingviking

    strikingviking Long timer

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    The best front fender when needing fork boots is from Touratech. Pulling the front end apart was quick and easy. Popped in the stiffer fork springs as well. total time, 45 minutes.
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