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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-28-2010, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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6 weeks in california

i would appreciate some advise or even a bit of help.

from 13 september to 25 october i will be in santa barbara CA. the trip is mainly business related but i also will have time to take several days off for some sightseeing. (for the one interested: i am a professor in theoretical physics, and there is a long research workshop at the KITP on the UCSB campus. and just a building away is the microsoft station Q, which is doing related research on quantum computers).

now i would love to have a motorcycle for some longer road trips and sightseeing in california; especially i know i will miss my brutale.
so i am looking for some options to have a MV Agusta (F4 or burtale) during my stay.

so far i have come up with the following options:

(i) rent a bike
(ii) buy back leases from private or a shop
(iii) buy a beautiful second hand F4, and import it to europe.
(iv) shipping my own bike.

does any one have some experience with reliable MV shops
in southern california, which would be interested in a deal like this?
i know it is a long shot, but is maybe even a member here, which would be interested to rent/lend a bike to some "older" rider?

any tips or advise is highly appreciated.

PS: and yes, i am planning to attend Bubba II, as i am already in the US.
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There is a great motorcycle museum in Solvang, I am told.
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for the ones interested: i am a professor in theoretical physics.......... and yes, i am planning to attend Bubba II, as i am already in the US.
Think about it.......

A German professor in theoretical physics........at the Bubbalicious!

I'm sure we have lots in common intellectually.....

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so far i have come up with the following options:

(i) rent a bike
(ii) buy back leases from private or a shop
(iii) buy a beautiful second hand F4, and import it to europe.
(iv) shipping my own bike.
option (v) buy a beautiful second hand Brutale, and import it to Europe. You'll be much cooler if you do.

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........
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Did You ever thought on traveling with Your Brutale to California ? A round trip with Lufthansa Cargo, for an example, will cost You less than 2000 Euro only.
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Think about it.......

A German professor in theoretical physics........at the Bubbalicious!

I'm sure we have lots in common intellectually.....

But with some booz I think with a few apples and an arrow we would be able to recreate some of Newtons laws. At least with the Professor we can do it the proper way.

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Think about it.......

A German professor in theoretical physics........at the Bubbalicious!

I'm sure we have lots in common intellectually.....
heh, i am certainly looking forward to it --- and this is meant serious.
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Did You ever thought on traveling with Your Brutale to California ? A round trip with Lufthansa Cargo, for an example, will cost You less than 2000 Euro only.
yes, i was considering this option. but the preparations are very demanding and expensive. i have read a lot of reviews, where people doing it would next time buy/rent a bike there.

does any one know if Pro Italia would be interested in some longer term
rental? as i have read a lot of good reports about them, i would trust them. does anybody know who to contact to ask directly?
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In general is it worth shipping Your own Bike if Your stay is longer than 2 to 3 weeks. Bike retal companies are rare and the prices are high. For a fact is the insurance for a foreigner sky high. Plus the rental companies running the risk that they will see there bike as a piece of scrap again. Google for Bike rental prices just to get a glimpse of a clue what prices they have. And here You will find everything from BMW, Harley or Japanese. To rent exotics as Ducati, Aprilia or MV Agusta would be exorbitant if anyone is even offering it. What is the difficulty about shipping Your Bike ? You give Lufthansa Cargo or a Shipper like Schenker a call. Okay You have to give them a few details and documents. For an example a carnet would be nice but You can get this from the ADAC. You have to drop Your Bike usually clean, battery disconnected and with no more than a liter of fuel in it. It will arrive on the same day You arrive at Your destination. When You return You drop it off and a week later You can collect it from Your Home Airport. The shipper will do everything including customs etc. The return takes a little longer since the US Custom keep the Bike for few days to make sure it is not registered as stolen. They have also special crates for shipping bikes. Usually they are happy if it is a round trip because they do not have to ship the the crates without load. Might You can fly the Bike to LA and return it from Atlanta. So go for it You have all the time You need. September is still several month to go.
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