thinking of bringing my harley to the islands, i have a 07 street glide. will the salt air hurt my bike? is it safe to drive, and what do you think it would cost to ship it. from miami or texas.
Bring it down . Damage from the elements depends on how close you live to the ocean/ storage and usage. Call VI Cargo- Don Ebner and set delivery up through Sea Star in Fort Lauderdale. There is HD bike shop down here it is called Rainriders Motorcycle Club- it is run by Jeff Bergstrom 340.277.1204 you can contact him if any more q's. I own STX Motorsports LLC- a motorcycle dealership in Christiansted 340.718.0440
Safety is up to you. Roads are sometimes awful but if you drive safe and stay off the booze it will be cool runnings.
we shiped ours through tropicial shipping using eastern freight to get it ready to ship they delivered to tropical it finaly arrived and we spent today paying for and getting insurance so we could get it through customs here. that done thanksgiving tomorrow [holiday ] wont get to pick up till friday if everything goes well. we took it to miami to cut some of the cost down . jack at eastern fright took care everything in florida the cost came in under what he quoted us for bike and 3 surfboards [crated all ] then shipping came in under the quote from tropical. coming from texas we saved about $1000.00 taking it to florida and had a great road trip. eastern freight charged close to $1000.00 to get it ready and deliver to tropical . tropical charged $ 1679.00 to ship to stt. a& r transport in stt. $125.00 to get it road ready here insurance through guardin ins $277.00 for a year half of what i paid in states you have to have this to get through customs here. it took longer than i expected so rent car went up[ extra week ] but its here!!
jack at eastern freight 561-848-3738
tropical shipping in florida 561-841-3289
tropical in stt. 340-776-8767
a & r transport in stt. 340-776-7039
guardin ins of stt. 340-774-6343
everyone was very helpful and cost was under there quotes hope this info helps its fresh randy
Depends on which island. St. Croix, you're a bit safer on the roads than STT or STJ. I would not own a cruiser on either of the latter; the roads are just too narrow, and the hills and curves too crazy. No doubt Marty will weigh in with his views shortly -- he has a Harley on STT.
The salt air and humidity will pit your chrome in a heartbeat down here, I don't care how close you live to the ocean; you're surrounded by it. Unless you keep the bike in a climate-controlled space and wash it weekly, You. Will. Get. Rust. And in weeks or months, not years.
If you want to ride down here, a dual-sport will do ya much better than a cruiser.
Good luck with your move!
Well I will have to chime in here also. I have not rode a motorcycle in 10 years until I got down here. I have been riding one for the last 3 weeks and love it. You have some situations where people are ignorant no doubt, but for the most part I have had no issues at all. No drinking and keep your head screwed on tight. Is the advice I can give you from this end.
Hope that helps.
Hello my name is Bill and I shipped two Harleys down about two years ago and unless you have a garage to keep them in the salt is a little tough on the chrome. Are you planning to live here full time or bounce back between here and the states? I ask because I have a 99 Softtail that I am trying to sell. If you are interested please call me at 816-914-9939.
Bill...my name is Justin.
Ill be moving shortly to the STT and was looking for a moderately priced cruiser. Always dreamed of a softtail (assuming your talking about a Harley), but my market is more honda triumph. If yours is still for sale Id love to see some pictures, if its not and you can direct my search in any way, please do.
Oh, forgot to mention about the salt air...yeah, it'll pit the chrome if ya don't stay on it...use lots of chrome polish...frequently...or just put it on and don't wipe it off until you are ready to ride...if U already have rust on the chrome, bronze wool is great for cleaning that up....can be found at any marine store...
Oh, BTW, for those that are unaware of what Nighttrain was talking about: http://www.cruise-eta.com/motorcyclecruise.htm