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mbryce52
09-14-2009, 04:38 PM
I have decided to brave the world of European roads on my R1150rt next spring, but I'm having trouble finding the means to ship my bike. I want to visit southern France, northern Spain and Italy (and maybe southern Germany as well, time permitting) so am looking for ports / airports that I can use to ship my bike from CA.

Any help, information from your experiences, guidance will be appreciated.

darrylri
09-14-2009, 05:34 PM
Talk to Stefan Knopf (http://www.knopftours.com). But I can tell you right now, it won't be cheap. I imported my 1928 R52 from Germany and Stefan arranged the flight from Frankfurt to SFO. It went without a hitch... but it cost $1700.

To do it cheaper, you could ride or transport your bike to Bike Week in Daytona and turn it over to Stefan there. Every year he brings over a load of German Harleys so their owners can fly out for two weeks of respite from winter. The bikes get back to Heidelberg, where Stefan is located, in April. Still, your choices on return are pretty limited; fly or wait until next March to pick it up in Daytona.

pffog
09-14-2009, 05:40 PM
I have read Lufthansa has some shipping deals, I am sure there are others.

BUT, unless you are going for an extended period of time (a month or more) it is cheaper and less hassle to rent over there.

Here is an old thread on the subject:

http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=37367&highlight=europe+shipping

mbryce52
09-14-2009, 06:55 PM
thanks for the info. i know it is expensive to fly the bike - but the bigger problem is that i haven't found a way do to it from CA - only from Canada. Ocean shipment is cheaper, but not reliable as far as time of delivery.

darrylri
09-14-2009, 09:23 PM
thanks for the info. i know it is expensive to fly the bike - but the bigger problem is that i haven't found a way do to it from CA - only from Canada. Ocean shipment is cheaper, but not reliable as far as time of delivery.

As I said, contact Knopf. He can arrange to ship or fly your bike. His english is excellent, and he's a good guy to work with.

darrylri
09-15-2009, 07:41 PM
I should have noticed this sooner. Moved this thread to Motorrad (could have gone to Ride Reports, I suppose).