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Thread: Overland Yokohama to Croatia.

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    Default Overland Yokohama to Croatia.

    Hello Riders.
    Next June or July I will ride my bike (KTM. 1190 adventure) to Zagreb Croatia from Yokohama via Russia, Ukraine and through the EU.
    I have read some older posts (2012) on the forum about tours of Sakhalin islands but was wondering if anybody in this community has taken their bikes to Russia more recently and have an idea on the latest paperwork involved or the cost of temporary import and insurance? Any advice very welcome.


    I am 44 years old and relocating back to Europe, reason for the ride is a wish to make 1 "big trip" in my life, the trip may involve some camping however I am not on a "tiny" budget nor am I considering huge off road sections - time wont allow me to visit Mongolia or the "Stans", but I will try to take in all the great places along the way in Russia and Ukraine (Lake Baikal, Moscow, Kiev etc). Total trip expected to take about 40 days.


    If anybody wants to join me for part or all of the ride - let me know?

    James

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    Hi I did a 4 month trip from the EU to Mongolia via the Stans, Lots of Russia. If your on a reasonable budget it should be no problem, was also thinking of riding it again in the next year or two.

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    I was traveling from the UK and returning to the UK so there was no importing or any bike related paperwork. UK insurance covered all EU and Russian insurance you buy at the border with no worries. However I can see a issue traveling from Japan as you will need EU insurance at the border which I don't think they sell. Perhaps someone in the EU can insure your bike and post you the policy.
    Russian Tourist visa allows two entrances into Russia so you can dip into a second country if you want to. You will need a document in your passport that records your bike, this you apply for with your visa. If you try too leave Russia without your bike for any reason, expect attention from the customs people.

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    Thanks for the advice Rich. Will start applying for that Russian Visa early next year.

    I have found this company who will issue Green Cards for non EU bikes in case anybody is planning a similar trip. <info@mototouring.com>.

    Stay in touch in case you get itchy feet.

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    Default Insurance riding in Russia from Vladivostok

    Hello Riders.

    I have read the Russia Islands instructions on Wiki, from the ferry it seems riders can purchase insurance when they get off the ship. Does anybody know of any Japanese or International companies who sell Third party insurance for Japanese registered bikes travelling in Russia/Ukraine? I will need about 60 days.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James w View Post
    Hello Riders.

    I have read the Russia Islands instructions on Wiki, from the ferry it seems riders can purchase insurance when they get off the ship. Does anybody know of any Japanese or International companies who sell Third party insurance for Japanese registered bikes travelling in Russia/Ukraine? I will need about 60 days.

    Thanks for any advice.
    It is not so much you can buy insurance, when you depart the ferry, that you WILL buy insurance. They usually escort you to customs and
    then to the office where you buy the insurance. No insurance no riding.

    Contact Teo. He is based in Russia somewhere. He runs tours but would have knowledge etc on insurance and he is an very nice guy.
    He speaks English https://www.facebook.com/MotorcycleWorldTour?fref=ts
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    I have read a few ride reports of people from other countries who shipped bikes to South Korea then from there on ferry to Vladivostok.
    Forums like ADV and Horizons Unlimited have a fair bit of info but it can be buried inside a round the world ride not easy to find.
    There is a ferry from Shimonoseki to Busan which take bikes, I have been thinking to take mine to South Korea however few things put me off.
    Sounds an epic journey. I just rode the coast of Croatia on a ride from Zagreb. Loved both.

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