International MC shipping - MVAgusta.net
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2009, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
Established Member
 
Rob L.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Washington, DC (via San Diego, CA; Atlanta, GA and Naples, Italy))
Posts: 75
International MC shipping

Can anyone recommend any international motorcycle shippers with reasonable rates? Since I am going to be in Italy for an additional year than I previously thought I am really missing my Brute and I want to ship it here from Atlanta. The best rate quoted so far is $1500 from Motorcycle Express (but they would ship it to Munich not Naples - which would be a fun ride! I was in Bavaria last week, great twisty roads with tons of bikes, mostly BMW of course!).

Thanks!
Rob L. is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2009, 02:56 PM
Old Wing Nut
 
esq'z me's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Marietta, GA
Posts: 18,103
Send a message via Skype™ to esq'z me
Why not buy a new one there...ride it for the year then ship it home...

Dave (Castle) has shipped a bike down under from US (I think)....maybe a thread on that somewhere I remember...

I used to be fast....now I just dream about it.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

'08 910R (Gina), '04 F4 SPR #275 Track Bike (Lola), YSR50 (The Rabbit), '71 CB100 (Lil' Red), '75 RD350C (Orange Bird) restoration project, '70 Suzuki F50 (Baby Blue)
esq'z me is online now  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2009, 06:43 PM
Big Randaddy
 
Randarosa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Metro Atlanta
Posts: 17,189
Quote:
Originally Posted by esq'z me View Post
Why not buy a new one there...ride it for the year then ship it home...

Dave (Castle) has shipped a bike down under from US (I think)....maybe a thread on that somewhere I remember...
Good idea......I'll help you out as well. I'll give three grand for your old Brutie, sight unseen, and you go buy a new one..... in Italy. I've heard they are faster than US versions anyway.....

910R, S4RS Monster,'78 BMW R100S, Heritage Softail, Chrome V-Rod, Sportster 48, Kawasaki Concours 1400, '07 Ultra Classic with sidecar, yellow Vespa LX 150, a cool little Ruckus, and a very understanding wife........
Randarosa is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2009, 07:11 PM
Senior Member
 
The_castle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 7,344
Send a message via Skype™ to The_castle
Ed is right, I have shipped 4 bikes from the US to New Zealand in the last 6 years. I use a company called Express Logistics, I work for an exporter and Express ship our product overseas. I'm surprised at the quote of $1500 (US dollars?). Sounds very high.
The whole process needs to be broken down into steps. I'd be asking questions like:
Can a buddy in the States set the bike up for shipping (drain the fuel tank, disconnect the battery and crate the bike?).
Where is the nearest port located and what will it cost to get the bike there?
Do I need to have a title valiation check before the bike leaves the US?
Insurance?
Is my US spec bike able to be ridden on Italian roads (emission standards / lighting standards)
How do I register my bike for use on Italian roads?

I have no idea how many emails I average each time I import a bike but it would be around 70 - 100. If this has not put you off then go for it.
It may be more practical to just buy on in Italy..........
Good luck.
The_castle is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-15-2009, 07:38 PM
Senior Member
 
carbonf4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 670
+1 On everything The_Castle said.

I shipped my F4 from Ireland to Oz and it was an absoloute nightmare unfortunately. There are too many steps in the process, too much red tape and too many different handlers. The more steps in the process, the more things that can go wrong. Maybe US to Italy wouldn't be so bad, but at best it would probably be uneconomical. If you buy in Italy, then sell in a year's time, you will probably still come out in front financially, and save yourself a lot of hassle. If I'd known then what I know now, I'd have taken off the bling, shipped it over separately, then sold my F4 and bought another over there.

Best of luck with it whatever you decide.

If you're not living life on the edge - you're taking up too much space!

2000 MV F4S
1992 Ducati 888 SP4
carbonf4 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to use all of the features of the MVAgusta.net site, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome