After waiting 6 weeks, our bikes finally arrived. Wifey and I enjoyed our time touring around British Columbia and Alberta, in a rental car, catching up with family and friends.
On the day wifey was due to fly out
, we received notification we could pick up the bikes.
Great timing. Spoilt only by the fact that the cost off getting the container about 7km from ship to the importing agent, plus soil inspection and demurrage, turned out to be around twice the price quoted, and almost the same as the cost to get our bikes all the way across the Pacific Ocean from Vladivostok
.And of course, pay in cash, before we even get to see the bikes
We don’t have any options, except to spread the word online amongst the motorcycle travel community.
So, if anyone knows of anyone thinking of using Astra International to import anything, think again
Please note, we had absolutely no issues with our shipping agent in Vladivostok, Yuri Melnikov. He provides a sterling service.
That day I rode Big Red across BC to the small village of Fruitvale, and the small Honda dealership of Barrett Motors.
Gordon Barrett is the proprietor. His Dad was Canada’s first Honda motorcycle dealer, and a nicer more helpful guy, you could not meet.
Gordon fitted Big Red in for tires and a service, during a particularly busy time of year, Even though he was short staffed in his workshop. He just made space for me, and got the job done
I fitted the CT with my favorite brand of tire, Mitas. An E11 front, and E07 enduro rear.
I then pointed Big Red north, headed for the Inuit village of Tuktoyuktuk, North West Territories., and the Arctic Ocean, to dip a boot into the same ocean I had visited with Big Red, last year at Nordkapp, the tip of Norway