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TaffyTDM
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PostPosted: 09:50 - 14 May 2020    Post subject: With no prospect of a trip my mind is racing.. Reply with quote

About 10 years ago, i was touring Australia in a camper van, and in the middle of nowhere a guy from south yorkshire rocked up to camp next to me. He had ridden from England to aus on a gs, on his own, just for shits and giggles.
Ive been looking in the last few days at doing something similar in the car, my plan was to kip in the back etc and spend a month or two doing it, ending in adelaide where a mate lives and leaving the car there. However it looks like getting a boat crossing from se asia to australia is tricky for a car, was wondering if anyone has done it on a bike and how easy it was to hitch a ride on a ship, anywhere to lash down the bike etc?
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PostPosted: 10:14 - 14 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 10:55 - 14 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think if you enter most countries with a vehicle and don't exit with the same vehicle you will get charged/fined. Or did I dream that?
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PostPosted: 12:06 - 14 May 2020    Post subject: Re: With no prospect of a trip my mind is racing.. Reply with quote

TaffyTDM wrote:
However it looks like getting a boat crossing from se asia to australia is tricky for a car, was wondering if anyone has done it on a bike and how easy it was to hitch a ride on a ship, anywhere to lash down the bike etc?

Presumably you're not thinking of doing this any time soon, what with Covid-19 restrictions? Have a look at https://www.globebusters.com/; or there are any number of bloggers out there with experience of this stuff, eg:
https://35000miles.com/
http://www.stephmoto-adventurebikeblog.com/
https://www.itchyboots.com/
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TaffyTDM
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PostPosted: 18:03 - 14 May 2020    Post subject: Re: With no prospect of a trip my mind is racing.. Reply with quote

Freddyfruitbat wrote:
TaffyTDM wrote:
However it looks like getting a boat crossing from se asia to australia is tricky for a car, was wondering if anyone has done it on a bike and how easy it was to hitch a ride on a ship, anywhere to lash down the bike etc?

Presumably you're not thinking of doing this any time soon, what with Covid-19 restrictions? Have a look at https://www.globebusters.com/; or there are any number of bloggers out there with experience of this stuff, eg:
https://35000miles.com/
http://www.stephmoto-adventurebikeblog.com/
https://www.itchyboots.com/


Nope, and cause this year is a write off thats why im thinking ahead for a spectacular. Will dig into the links tonight, many thanks
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TaffyTDM
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PostPosted: 18:09 - 14 May 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

yen_powell wrote:
I think if you enter most countries with a vehicle and don't exit with the same vehicle you will get charged/fined. Or did I dream that?


Good point and one that slipped my mind. Actually when i spent the year there 2009-2010 i did look at shipping a camper van over there as it would have worked out much cheaper, as the second hand market in aus, but especially for vans, holds quite strong.
The only thing that stopped me is australian customs took a deposit equivalent to the list price in australia and only refund when you stamp it out, and i couldnt afford to put the cash up front as well as pay for the van and shipping.
However i seem to remember, much like when i imported the TDM to the uk, the rules are different when you come in with it as a vehicle, rather than ship it seperatly as goods. Which is why im leaning towards the bike, although loading up and camping will be a faff, much more flexible when it comes to crossing water, means i can stay with it, get it onto pretty much any chicken boat going out of singapore and argue its not shipping cargo but personal effects. Be interested to hear if anyone has done it
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