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post #1 of 6 Old 12-04-2018, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Flying your bike hither and yon

https://advrider.com/f/threads/fly-y...1283632/page-5

Cross posted from GTAM forum - European riders can get to North America as well...and US riders can get across to the other coast and also to Europe by flying out of Canada,

Air Canada flies there with bikes. Be cautious with car or motorcycle rentals there. The whole UK is scammy with added charges etc. Due diligence very needed.

Two weeks will cost you north of $2200 Cdn and that's winter rates,

https://www.westsussexmotorcyclehire...otorbike-hire/

https://www.saltiremotorcycles.com/m...burgh-options/

Note they have to stay in the UK so you can't cross to Europe or Scandanavia. Having your own ride should be both cheaper and more enjoyable but I'd go for at least 3 weeks.

https://advrider.com/f/threads/fly-y...ogram.1283632/

Air Canada contacts
https://www.aircanada.com/cargo/en/s...otorcycle.html

I spoke to a/c and you have to wait for the promotion to hit in the spring which makes planninig awkward,

https://www.aircanada.com/cargo/shar...rochure_en.pdf

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Motorcycles can be flown to and from the following cities:
• London (LHR) • Manchester • Milan
• Paris
• Rome • Venice • Zurich
• Calgary
• Montrιal
• Toronto
• Vancouver • Dublin • Glasgow
• Athens • Edinburg • Brussels • Frankfurt • Casablanca • Geneva

Available from spring to fall, the program provides preferential rates to Air Canada passengers wishing to book air transport for motorcycles, and competive rates to passengers travelling on other airlines.

Rates are one way and vary depending on the origin and destination. Fuel and security surcharges, navigation tax and a fee for shipping an item categorized as a dangerous good are included in the price. Local charges, GST (in Canada) and fees paid to a dangerous goods consultant for preparation of paperwork may apply.

USEFUL INFORMATION
Our Customer Service agents can provide information on the requirements for preparing your motorcycle for air transport, but these tips can get you started.
• Motorcycles are classified as dangerous goods in air transport, as are all vehicles with a combustion engine. You may need to enlist the help of a dangerous goods consultant to prepare your motorcycle for transport. ( This costs about $100 )

• Arrangements with a local broker may be required at destination.

• We can book your motorcycle on your Air Canada flight, or on the same day as your flight on another airline. However, it is a good idea to ship it the day before your travel date. This will make your travel day easier, and minimize delays at destination.*

• Once you know your date of departure, you can book your bike for transport as early as 30 days prior, and no less than two weeks prior to departure. You can bring the bike to our facilities up to 24 hours in advance, and no less than 6 hours prior to departure time.


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post #2 of 6 Old 12-04-2018, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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I just fired this off

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Motorcyclists planning trips which include flying their bike need to plan well in advance.

Waiting until spring for promotional rates just makes us look at alternatives ie trucking my bike to BC.

Please publish your program early in the year so we can plan

Uncertainty of cost and availability just diminishes the appeal.

I’ve flown my bike before with AC and will likely again but I’m planning now as are others in the community. My son and I were pleased with the service

We need rates with ticket purchase to anchor these trips on. We don’t necessarily need to book really early ..but rather to know the rates and then like 90 day forward booking window

For instance $800 flat rate to Vancouver plus ticket purchase makes all sorts of sense to riders where the standard Air Cargo rates do not.
Waiting on unknown promotional rates in May makes planning a June trip hard.

It makes planning a trip to Europe on such short time frame almost impossible. Fixed rates to Europe around $1700 round trip competes well with rental rates …much above that it’s more practical to rent a bike there,

Your Canadian service appeals to riders both Canadian and from the US from the East going to the west coast for trips to Alaska or south along the coast of California

It appeals to US and Canadian riders from the west wanting to tour in the east.

If it gets much above that then trucking or riding is more attractive,

But we need rates early
Anyone thinking of flying their bike should send something similar - give them a kick start

This is locations flown to and from



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On Dec/4/Tue/2018, at 12/4/9:45 PM, Air Canada Cargo - Customer Service <[email protected]> wrote:

Hello,

Your point has been noted, customer relations has been added.

Regards,

Customer Service Agent – Cargo Call Centre
Agent du service clientθle – Centre tιlιphonique d’Air Canada Cargo
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Canada 2018 CB500x >2009 CBF1000 sold • 10 Wee ABS sold • 09 Burgman Exec sold • 10 NT700v sold
Australia> 04 KLR650 • 93 ST1100 sold •
Travel photos> https://500px.com/macdoc/galleries Oz riding >https://tinyurl.com/y4c7lm87

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post #3 of 6 Old 12-05-2018, 09:35 AM
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Does anybody have a ballpark price of taking a bike from Canada to the UK?

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post #4 of 6 Old 12-05-2018, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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It was about $850 cdn one way plus $100 or so for dangerous goods but get in direct contact.
To get the good rate you have to book your flight with AC

You can fly back from a different city.
The more people that inquire the more they will listen to us about rates and timing.
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Canada 2018 CB500x >2009 CBF1000 sold • 10 Wee ABS sold • 09 Burgman Exec sold • 10 NT700v sold
Australia> 04 KLR650 • 93 ST1100 sold •
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-20-2019, 11:28 AM
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This thread is a bit old (or possibly only a bit dusty) but I was at the Vancouver motorcycle show, held in Abbotsford. Air Canada had a booth, and the fellow there had a shipping container for motorcycles on display. I asked about Vancouver to Europe, and he said about $2,800.00 cdn. round trip, plus your own airfare. Not cheap, but if you are going for a longer trip, possibly worth it.

I don't know what it would be from an eastern area/ east coast city, or from an eastern US departure point.

BTW, someone asked about air freight to South America, and he indicated that in many places the customs agreements are not reliable, so they don't plan on flying bikes to S. Am.

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post #6 of 6 Old 05-08-2019, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Here is some updated info - WestJet now flies to Europe as well

https://www.gtamotorcycle.com/xf/thr.../#post-2614964


Ontario Canada rider staying in Cairns Australian Feb to May & Aug-Oct each year
Canada 2018 CB500x >2009 CBF1000 sold • 10 Wee ABS sold • 09 Burgman Exec sold • 10 NT700v sold
Australia> 04 KLR650 • 93 ST1100 sold •
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