Transporting Motorbike to Anchorage in Alaska

Transporting Motorbike to Anchorage in Alaska

Sending the Motorbike to Alaska by Air Freight.

At last the moment has come!

23rd May 2011 –  The first leg of the journey begins as we take the BMW GS Adventure to James Cargo in Slough.

This weekend has all been about triple checking all the gear:

  • Camping gear, spares, clothing, gadgets, bike check, loading and unloading the bike, intercom testing…
  • Plus – Is  there still space in the panniers so we can insert our day to day clothing onto the bike as we will be taking this with us on the flight?

Leaving the motorbike with James Cargo Air Freight. Heathrow to Anchorage

Today’s experience has been quite a straight forward one really.

James Cargo specialise in motorcycle transportation and we met Giles, Steve and Roddy on our arrival at their depot in Slough. Giles was the details man and sorted out all the admin stuff and payment. Steve was responsible for warehousing and packaging – then Roddy was just super informative and had lots of handy travel tips.

All in all a good couple of days. Here is a short video we filmed yesterday which shows you round the bike.

A Blessing in Disguise

A Blessing in Disguise

GS Adventure – BMW Clutch Repair – Better it goes here than deepest Patagonia!

Well, what a week.

From a simple trip to the cinema with Ivanka one evening,  the bike has deteriorated into a bit of a mess over just one small ride out.

The thing was the clutch had been a little sticky for a while, but I just sort of ignored it and hoped it might go away. Saying that though, when I did take it into the garage they asked me what was wrong and I said that though I did think it was the clutch, it seems as though the throttle cable is sticking too.  Anyway I took the bike to the trusted KC Motorcycles in Hove to see Kevin, and they soon diagnosed the problems. I was right, it was a bit of both!

On the first visit to the garage they sorted out the slightly frayed throttle cable. Then they rang me to say it had been sorted, however they asked me to sit down when they told me that the whole clutch needed replacing – ‘You are F**king Joking I said!’.

So the bike spent almost a whole week in surgery. They had to take the bike in two, suspend the back end in the air while they did the necessary, they also inspected the drive shaft bearings – so all in all, it was a good inspection, a good service, and I feel a lot better about the bike and its relaibility for the 24,000 miles ahead.

Here are a few images from the bikes trip to the garage. You often think to yourself that by the time you’ve spent a grand or so on a repair like this, you could have traded it in for a couple more grand and possibly bought another GS model but a lot newer. Saying that, this bike is really a great bike and I would find it difficult to replace it for anything else.

Anyway, if any one does ever need a motorcycle garage in Brighton then you must go and find Kevin from KC Motorcycles.

Thank goodness I didn’t have a breakdown like this on the trip. It is a lot more convenient to have breakdowns like this before I go.