Ride your own bike in the UK and Europe and attend the 2018 Isle of Man TT

CAPTION: Lee Johnston on the SGS/Manx Gas KMR Kawasaki at the Creg ny Baa during the qualifying session for the 2015 Isle of Man TT. Plans are afoot to take a group of West Australian motorcyclists and their bikes to next year's event. (Picture by Dave Kneen, courtesy of www.iomtt.com)
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Get Routed proposes special shipment from Fremantle to England

AUSTRALIAN motorcycle shipper and tour organiser Get Routed has announced plans to ship a load of privately-owned bikes from Fremantle to England next year for a ride-your-own-bike holiday incorporating the 2018 Isle of Man TT.

Get Routed chief Dave Milligan told The Bike Shed Times this week that the proposed Fremantle shipment would ultimately “come down to the numbers” but he was hopeful it would go ahead. Next year’s TT will mark the 40th anniversary of Mike Hailwood’s famous comeback win on a Ducati 900 and will be the 100th running of the TT.

CAPTION: Michael Dunlop (Suzuki/Bennetts/Hawk Suzuki) at St Ninians during the 2017 Pokerstars Senior TT race. Picture by Dave Kneen, courtesy www.iomtt.com

The Get Routed shipment of bikes would leave Fremantle approximately early March with return loading approximately mid-July, enabling West Australian participants to attend the Isle of Man event, plus the British MotoGP and the Dutch TT at Assen.

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While most of the 10-week program is self-guided, Get Routed has already booked 12 houses for accommodation on the Isle of Man, of which four are still available.

“We have secure storage available free-of-charge for bikes, so riders can park their bikes up in England and fly home early if that works better,” Dave said.

“We also can arrange fully comprehensive insurance for Australian bikes while they’re overseas.”

The ride-your-own-bike tourism model has grown in recent years, enabling Australian riders to tour overseas without the expense of renting bikes and side-stepping the headaches of trying to get insurance.

CAPTION: David Johnson (Norton/Norton Motorcycles) at Ballaugh Bridge during the Isle of Man RST Superbike TT race. Picture by Dave Kneen courtesy of www.iomtt.com

“Renting a bike sounds like a good idea, but when you see the costs it can be a big turn-off,” Dave said.

“And buying a bike in the UK is easy enough, but getting insurance is another matter altogether,” he said.

“Taking your own bike avoids both problems.”

Dave said tour prices were about $7,500 per rider and $2,500 per pillion, plus airfares.

Visit the Get Routed website here for more info.

Visit the Isle of Man TT website here.

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Also see

Dan Talbot’s trip to the Isle of Man

A Mike Hailwood replica, and the story behind that great race

A Ducati racer for sale

CAPTION: Apart from watching crazy riders going crazy fast on a crazy circuit, the Isle of Man is a lovely spot for a holiday. Check out that view … Picture courtesy www.iomtt.com