Shipping the Chopper

Fall 2005

You may remember that I had quickly given up the plan of selling the chopper when arriving in New Orleans at the end of the first leg of the trip. I soon had realized that at least after the trip it would no longer be a motorcylce, but the very bike I took that trip on. In addition, I was keen to also complete the second leg of the trip from New Orleans back to Boston. And, being the Honda CB 750 SOHC/4 nut that I am, how could I ever sell a CB 750? So, I had left the chopper with Andy who was so kind not only to provide the garage space but also winterizing it.

It took me a while (until fall of 2005, actually) to organize the shipping, roll-on-roll-off. Chris had volunteered to bring the chopper from Boston down to the port of Newark in his truck:

Chopper in Chris' truck Chris and the chopper Ready to go

Chopper in Chris' truck

Chris and the chopper

Ready to go

That's the plate it would have deserved

Chris took off to Newark. I had given him the details and the contact of the shipping company. But when he got there, the person I had been dealing with had left the company a few days ago and they knew nothing about the chopper coming.

But eventually everything got sorted out, and the chopper got on the ship to Bremerhaven, Germany. It arrived there a few weeks later. Initially, I had planned to drive the 500 miles from Munich to Bremeerhaven and back again to pick it up myself, but ended up using a forwarding service which is specialized in motorcycle transport. They picked up the chopper in Bremen (after it had cleared customs) and delivered it to my door:

Chopper at it's new home Chopper at it's new home Tank badge

Chopper at it's new home

Chopper at it's new home

I think I got ripped off with the tank badge. They even misspelled HONDA ;-)

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