As some of you know Air Canada has started flying MC's to Europe.This is a post copied from ADVRider flew out of Montreal.
Inmate pvzt on Advrider gave me permission to share his post regarding his experience
So I wanted to do a ride report but I don't have the time. I do want to let you know how easy it is to fly your bike to Europe for a month as it took me a while to figure all this out. So here are the important points:
Absolutely use Air CAnada - they are great and take good care of your bike and they have a great motorcycle deal. I didn't use the deal but found the right person to hook me up with the close to deal cost. The deal this year started May 1st - my trip was April 1 to 29.
Cost from Montreal to Heathrow was 1100 CAD or approx 860 USD
Airport fees at Heathrow were 109 UK or approx 156 USD
My bike flew with me on the same flight - just had to show up 6 hours earlier than the flight.
Had to take a taxi from AC Cargo to Departure area at Dorval
Round trip to Heathrow was approx. 730 USD
Got Heathrow and took busses and short walk to AC CArgo in London
Was packed up and on my way within 2 hours.
Most of my personal gear stayed on my bike (even though they say no when you call) - the AC cargo guys were "why not"
Show up with less than 1/4 tank of gas
Dangerous good paperwork was 80-100 USD each way
USed open source maps (free) on my Garmin Montana - worked fairly well except you can not do an address search (pick city or coordinates) - I think next time I would spend the 70$ for Garmin maps so you can easily put in an address.
Driving on the left is not hard but daily I would almost get into trouble
Stayed at a lot of B&B's (approx 50 UK/each) - wanted to camp more but caught a cold.
Lane splitting is allowed and everyone does it because the traffic is brutal in the cities - I love lane splitting (Only CA in the states allows this)
Bought comprehensive insurance on bike as well as green card liability - thinking I will not buy comprehensive again (was worried about theft but if your not in the cities nothing to worry about) - 500 USD
Bought world nomad health isurance in case I needed to be flown out - 125 USD
Brought 3 phones - had to use all three at times. 2 were unlocked and one was work phone. I use O2 in the UK (includes N Ireland) (I think vodaphone is better). Used Meteor in Ireland. Sim cards are free and you top up either 10 or 20 UK or Euro's at a time - very useful and cheap.
Bought a huge chain for the bike - heard theft was terrible in UK/Ireland - never used it. Did pay for parking in every big city, locked the steering, turned on alarm and used a pacsafe over all my camping gear - nothing stolen.
Needed heated gear every day - I have vest, heated grips and seat - temp was between 30-50 everyday. Bring extra switches, connectors , wire for the heated gear - on off, in/out 5 x day for a month I have to rewire these a bunch
Only 2 days of rain - amazing what they say about no rain or very little rain in April is true. No bugs eaither as it was cold.
Trip back you need to drop the bike off 24 hours in advance of your flight - 699 UK or 1004 USD to ship back and 90 CAD or 71 USD Montreal airport fees.
One month on the road 4800 miles/$7025.00
Went to France on the chunnel (100 USD round trip) for a couple of days and some good food - will do mainland europe another trip