How to fly and store your motorcycle overseas for touring, without using a shipping company, cheaply

Ship your own motorcycle overseas by plane, don't get scammed by the shipping companies. In this blog post I will explain the steps required to ship your motorcycle overseas yourself, registration and insurance and all that kind of stuff, step by step, it’s not difficult. Continue reading “How to fly and store your motorcycle overseas for touring, without using a shipping company, cheaply”

In my opinion, the best free offline GPS navigation with voice prompts with free maps for Samsung Galaxy SII

There are so many options when looking for offline GPS navigation on Andriod phones such as my Samsung Galaxy SII. There are at least a dozen free navigation apps that use some form of the OpenStreetMap maps (OSM). I wanted to be able to use my phone as a GPS device without a data plan if I am travelling out of the country, I don’t want to have to be restricted to having a data plan, and I definitely do not want to use roaming data which costs an arm and a leg. I also wanted to be sure I could find an app that had VOICE turn-by-turn navigation, in case I need to find my way somewhere while riding my motorcycle with a Bluetooth headset. I found a free app and free maps for my Andriod phone that seem to work not too badly.  But sadly, my Nokia E71 with it’s OVI software with free OVI maps is still way better than any free offline GPS system on Andriod, and my E71 properly communicates with my bluetooth headset too, not wasting batteries, AND OVI maps’ voice navigation doesn’t suck.  But I’m writing this article anyways to let you know what Andriod has to offer even though I am displeased with Andriod’s offline navigation.  If you have a data connection and are ok using online navigation, Andriod is fine, it’s got some good tools.  Offline is a different story sadly for travelers. Continue reading “In my opinion, the best free offline GPS navigation with voice prompts with free maps for Samsung Galaxy SII”

Minimal packing lists and gear suggestions for motorcycle touring – day, multi-day, multi-week, camping, Europe, Thailand…



Packing too much when traveling is bad, it can limit your options for what you are able to do on a trip because of limited luggage space on a bike.  I’ve compiled some packing lists below for the light traveler.
Also check out my blog post on how to ship your motorcycle overseas.  If you’re interested in such a thing.
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How to make your own open dry clutch cover for your Ducati, and tank protector

Ducati dry open clutch cover
In 2008 I wanted to personalize my Ducati’s dry clutch cover. After looking in the stores I was really disappointed with how expensive the off-the-shelf open clutch covers were, they go for over $200 typically. So I thought to myself, why not just buy a damaged or scratched up clutch cover off of eBay for $30 or less, and with my tools at home build my own?? Continue reading “How to make your own open dry clutch cover for your Ducati, and tank protector”

Step by step, how to import a motorcycle from the USA into Canada

I’m tailoring these instructions for people importing motorcycles, but the same steps will almost all apply to importing any other vehicle so if you’re importing a car feel free to read on.  The potential for saving money is good, particularly when the Canadian dollar is strong.  As an Alberta resident, I have imported a new 2007 Ducati 1098 in 2007 from Oregon into Alberta via an Alberta border crossing, and imported a used 2008 Honda CBR1000RR in spring of 2011 from Washington into Alberta through a BC border crossing.  I touch on some of the implications of being a resident of different provinces – you may be charged US sales tax if you are a BC resident for example (unless you buy from a sales-tax free state), or if your province has HST or PST you will have to pay those when crossing which is higher than just GST if you are an Alberta resident.  On each occasion $3000 was saved after all was said and done.  For a little effort and about 2 days of traveling and having a bit of an adventure, I think it is worth it.  Even if I wasn’t buying a motorcycle, the trip itself would have been worth it. I love road trips!  You can either fly down to the USA to get the bike and ride it back using temp registration that the dealership can help you obtain, or you can drive down there in a truck or with a trailer to bring the bike back.  Personally I attached a trailer hitch to my Acura Integra (~$200), and borrowed a very light weight motorcycle trailer from a friend.  Read on for all the steps required to import. Continue reading “Step by step, how to import a motorcycle from the USA into Canada”