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    Ireland to Spain motorcycle shipping

    Thought I would share this in case any others found it handy..

    Myself, essjay and my buddy Dave are heading off-roading this year to Portugal
    but no matter what way I spun it, we were looking at a couple of days there, and a couple of days back, ferries.. or long roads with tolls.

    So I got back in touch with DSV Ireland, (based in Togher Industrial Estate Naas Co Kildare.)

    They will ship to Spain (Madrid) a R1200GSA, R1100GS, and a Africa twin
    for €1,080 ex vat one way, so €360 quid per bike (individually crated) and allow about 3-5 days to get there

    these are the details of the guy I spoke to.

    Alan Egan,
    DSV Road Limited,
    Toughers Business Park,
    Naas,
    Co. Kildare,
    Direct tel: +353 (0) 45444863
    Fax: +353 (0) 45444796

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    Sounds excellent. Im looking for a bike to leave in southern spain so this may be the way to get it there...... Now all i need is the bike. It must be on irish plates as we have no mot on our bikes the traffico cant look at it to see if its been home recently .
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    You could always try these guys
    I think Ireland - south of Spain return was less than €700. And they're bikers too.
    *No connection other than I've met Derek before & brought some of his leaflets to Horizons last year
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    Thumbs up

    Thanks Jockser. I only need one way as the bike is going to live there. Need to buy the bike now .
    2005 SE Adventure 1150.

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    I sent an email of the the Overlanders lads just to find out. €595 return to Northern Spain or €650 return to Southern Spain.

    So I did some math to compare it to riding the bike there. Took into account all food, fares, fuel, camping, tolls. I assumed the dates 10th September - 17th September and booked ferries on or as close to those dates as I could. There might also be other bike maintenance costs involved.

    Overlanders.ie + flights to Malaga
    Total time each way: Say 1 day (Approx 4 hour flight plus whatever time to find and collect bike)
    Riding miles: 0
    Total cost (return): €809 + any taxi's etc

    Ferry to UK, ride to Portsmouth/Plymount, ferry to Santander, ride to Malaga
    Total time each way: Say 2 days
    Riding miles each way: 860
    Total cost (return): €857

    Ferry to UK, ride to chunnel, train to Calais, ride to Malaga
    Total time each way: Say 2.5 days
    Riding miles each way: 1625
    Total cost (return): €1028

    Ride to Cork, Ferry to Roscoff, ride to Malaga
    Total time each way: Say 2 days
    Riding miles each way: 1328
    Total cost (return): €872

    So it looks that not only would Overlanders.ie and flights be the cheapest, it's also the fastest by a long way giving you more riding time on holidays.

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    Lightbulb

    Thanks Essjay, my wife had asked why would I ship the bike down...... so now I can show her this.
    2005 SE Adventure 1150.

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    I can offer similar packages

    Done fly ride to Croatia for 5 bikes last year and similar to Portugal ,
    this year

    Budget € 600 return to Spain. Based on 4 machines
    Bikes collected in Ireland
    Riders fly via cheap flights to start point I collect at airport
    Meet at destination (need not be same location) riders fly home
    Bikes follow on a few days later
    Vehicle also available to shadow tour if problems en route and recover / repair

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    Quote Originally Posted by philgunn View Post
    Done fly ride to Croatia for 5 bikes last year and similar to Portugal ,
    this year

    Budget € 600 return to Spain. Based on 4 machines
    Bikes collected in Ireland
    Riders fly via cheap flights to start point I collect at airport
    Meet at destination (need not be same location) riders fly home
    Bikes follow on a few days later
    Vehicle also available to shadow tour if problems en route and recover / repair

    Philgunn

    Dbmoto
    Interesting....

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    Guys, thanks a million for putting all this info together. It's really great to see that there are options to spending a couple of valuable days going to and coming from where you really want to be. This is a great little island but it's nice to get off it now and again.

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    Good info here & I know this is a topic that's hard to get accurate information about. I've used A-1 Auto Transport in the past and been happy with them too (they're based out of the US but ship all over). They give free estimates so you know what you're getting into and they have a good understanding of all the taxes and harmonization, which can be what really makes it expensive to ship a bike if you're unaware.

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    Phil Gunn is the man

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinpeg View Post
    Good info here & I know this is a topic that's hard to get accurate information about. I've used A-1 Auto Transport in the past and been happy with them too (they're based out of the US but ship all over). They give free estimates so you know what you're getting into and they have a good understanding of all the taxes and harmonization, which can be what really makes it expensive to ship a bike if you're unaware.
    not entirely sure why this is posted in the Ireland section and you in Manchester but perhaps the services can be arranged via the uk???. Phil Gunn and Overlanders provide excellent service from Ireland. good luck on your travels


    p.s. there are some excellent rental opportunities in Spain and Morocco

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    Quote Originally Posted by patzx12 View Post
    Phil Gunn is the man
    Seconded! Phil will sort you out no problem, a real biker to boot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by philgunn View Post
    Done fly ride to Croatia for 5 bikes last year and similar to Portugal ,
    this year

    Budget € 600 return to Spain. Based on 4 machines
    Bikes collected in Ireland
    Riders fly via cheap flights to start point I collect at airport
    Meet at destination (need not be same location) riders fly home
    Bikes follow on a few days later
    Vehicle also available to shadow tour if problems en route and recover / repair

    Philgunn

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    This is the second time we've used Phil to transport our bikes.

    First time he met us off the plane in Biarritz (France) bikes unloaded and ready for us to ride away for 2 weeks in the sun, he met us 2 weeks later in Gerona (Spain) were he loaded the bike and we boarded a flight home.

    This holiday we flew into Porto (Portugal) and got a taxi to our first campsite where we met Phil who already had the bikes unloaded (short trip from the Airport in a taxi so Phil suggested rather that gearing up on the bikes for such a short trip he would meet us at the campsite)... we will be meeting Phil next week in Faro, he'll load up the bikes and we'll jump on a plane home and the bike will follow.

    I cant recommend him highly enough.


    See you next week Phil

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    How would one get in touch with Phil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by younger06 View Post
    How would one get in touch with Phil?
    He should be along very soon

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