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Shipping bikes - HOW MUCH!!!! 2 years, 8 months ago #78946

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I am planning a trip to South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana next year. Still at early stages but started enquiries with some shipping agents to transport 2 bikes to South Africa:

JamesCargo - flying bikes out, they crate and handle most of it -£1540 per bike each way. Feck!!!! I have asked how to make it cheaper. A LOT cheaper.

RORO boat from Southampton : £1150 per bike one way. Still Feck!!!

Any tips on how to make this cheaper? Is it South Africa? Anyone emigrating that way in May with room for two bikes in their container?




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Re: Shipping bikes - HOW MUCH!!!! 2 years, 8 months ago #78949

Might be cheaper driving them down there Austin.



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Re: Shipping bikes - HOW MUCH!!!! 2 years, 8 months ago #78950

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Hi Austin.

change the post header to South africa shipping charges..

As there are a few guys on this forum who come from that part of the world and have done past help posts on this very subject with good result..but remember the post.

one guy is called knobbly from London and another has a Yam660 Teneree..

you lucky bugger too and enjoy
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Re: Shipping bikes - HOW MUCH!!!! 2 years, 8 months ago #78952

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Yeah much cheaper way is to : turn out of the drive, head South arrive portsmouth catch ferry to santander out of ferry port turn left head South down to Algerciras / Tarifa quick ferry ride then south by south east again.........sounds simply doesnt it !! If only we were all Austin Vince's eh but honestly i know you want to travel through a specific area of Africa but the money you save from not shipping the bike could fund (with some left over) the additional trip down there, all you need is to find the time ! (again sounds so simply doesnt it).

Re: Shipping bikes - HOW MUCH!!!! 2 years, 8 months ago #78954

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Hi Have you tried any of these
www.motorcycle.co.uk/shipping.aspx
There was also an article in one mag I think Bike about shipping a bike and ways to do it to save money will have a look to see if I still got it, ie crating bike yourself and removing as much as possible to save weigh and money. you could also try booking cruise ship to Capetown and taking bikes on as "hand Luggage"
Still very jealous have similar trip planned for in a few years time.

Re: Shipping bikes - HOW MUCH!!!! 2 years, 8 months ago #78957

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Hi Austin
Try ringing up >>>. SAFMARINE UK LTD +44 1394 608292
They are Uk - RSA shipping company office in FELIXSTOWE . One of the main shipping companys in SA .
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Shipping bikes - HOW MUCH!!!! 2 years, 8 months ago #78959

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I would definitely ride there if I had the time. Unfortunately I have to work to fund a trip like this. Work = money but also = no time. It's a catch 22 isn't it. I am actually having 5 weeks unpaid leave and can add a week or two annual leave as well.

Have tried several agents but only two replies so far. Will be quizzing them at the bike show. It might be a case of grin and bear the costs.


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Re: Shipping bikes - HOW MUCH!!!! 2 years, 8 months ago #78975

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AustinW wrote:
It might be a case of grin and bear the costs.


Once in a lifetime trip Austin, grin and bear it unless you find it cheaper. You have the time off work, have the bikes, and have a wife to go with. Enjoy.

Shipping bikes - HOW MUCH!!!! 2 years, 8 months ago #78977

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beddowsm wrote:
AustinW wrote:
It might be a case of grin and bear the costs.


Once in a lifetime trip Austin, grin and bear it unless you find it cheaper. You have the time off work, have the bikes, and have a wife to go with. Enjoy.

I try to enjoy my wife often as I can. The rest may well be once in a lifetime.


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Re: Shipping bikes - HOW MUCH!!!! 2 years, 8 months ago #78996

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James Cargo quoted me £800 to ship my bike to NZ and £500 to New York, which I thought was a bargain.
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