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(My searching skills weren't able to find a good answer to this already posted, apologies if I missed it)

I'm working through some ideas of how to spend about 10 days off this year and want to do the west coast. I did the east coast last year which from Toronto is easier to do.

I was thinking I could ship the bike with side bags from Toronto to Calgary, ride for a bit ending up in Vancouver where I'd ship the bike back.

Anyone done this? Any recommendations or ideas about cost? Any value in redesigning the trip to arrive and leave from the same location? UShip presents some problems on timing as I'd have to organize flights and don't have a location to ship the bike to (unless I fly in and wait for it hoping it shows up on time).

Thanks for any help/ideas.
 

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That's very interesting...runs $1300 but not bad - cheaper than renting a bike there (and plus, I prefer mine).

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My riding buddy shipped his bike (BMW GS) last year using freight company which delivered the bike to train an then he picked it up in Calgary. I believe the cost didn't excid $300, but he had to build the crate around it. If you need more details send me PM.
 

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My wife and I rode to BC in 2006. Her job has her standing all day and sitting on the bike for long periods was really hard for her. We made plenty of stops and it took us 10 days to get to Victoria, from Barrie. As we only had 2 weeks free, I arranged to ship the bike home.

Allied Van Lines will ship an uncrated bike. It wasn't cheap (about $900.00 from Vancouver to Barrie) but they take care of it all. I arranged to leave my Strom at a bike shop in Vancouver and have it delivered to a shop in Barrie. All Allied asks is that you have a minimum amount of fuel in the tank and they take care of the rest. The have large metal "pallets" that they load the bike on so it can be moved around by lift truck. Think I paid $25.00 storage charge to the dealership at each end.

I bought cardboard boxes that were large enough for my side cases and that was our "luggage" for the flight home.

It was great because it made the trip a possibility.

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How about renting a bike?

In just a minute I found this:

ATV & Motorcycle Rentals, Boat Rental Calgary | All Season Motorsport

You can rent a 650 for about $1000, and a 250 for much less.

Of course, you need to start and end in Calgary, but that may suit you,
especially if you time your ride to include the Stampede or a Stamps game.

Who knows how your bike may be damaged in shipping?

Just an idea. I hope you enjoy your visit to the West.
I have ridden a fair amount of BC (for a Floridian, that is)
and every bit of it was a treat. While riding past Sooke,
on Vancouver Island, I realized that everybody else in Canada
was to my right. Of course, at Cape Spear NL, I had the entire
country behind me, which nobody in Ottawa has just now.

Enjoy your ride. So far as I can see, you have no choice in that matter.
Keith
 

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Thanks Heavy, I'll check that out.

Keith, I appreciate the googling. I'm looking at 12-14 days of riding so that's where renting really adds up unfortunately - also looking at 4000km. Plus the required insurance and you're looking at $2k. If it was a short jaunt of 4-5 days I'd definitely think renting would be a lot easier and would reschedule my plans to go in and out of the same place.
 

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I'm not sure they work in Canada, But I had my DL650 shipped from Santa Fe, NM to Helena, Mt and used Heritage Motorcycle shipping. I had a tracking number and the bike arrived with no damage at all. They picked it up on a Wed and was delivered one week and two days later to my door. I think they did a good job and it was around 780.00US. Might look into them.
 

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You COULD ride it ...

Ya know, it isn't really THAT far to Alberta. I remember riding
through Edmonton about noon on a Tuesday, and I reached
Toronto before dark on Friday of the same week.

You might think that such long days leave little in the memory,
but I recall several pleasant anecdotes from that ride, back in 2006.
Saskatchewan didn't pay the light bill, and Manitoba didn't pay the
water bill. I was amazed how abruptly I dried out, right after crossing
the border. Dinner at Humpty's (which I remembered as Dumpty's),
and the transition from spring into summer as I crossed the Mackinac Bridge.

If you want to discuss the idea with some people who ride long distances,
please join some Ontario Stromtroopers near Barrie on the morning of May 3.
I will bring you a fresh orange. You know who we are ...

Keith
 

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