Hey everybody, Frostbite (Tim) wanted me to give you guys an update, Well I just dropped FB at the airport headed for the great white north, most of the bike is with him and the other parts we shipped , it a long story so I'll let Frostbite Explain it, But it Truly was an experience, Tim is a Great guy and Im glad to have met him and had the opportunity to help him in his Qwest,
We took lots of pics and he will post on wed or thurs when he gets back, thanks for all the interest
Hi Tom, I can't thank you enough for your help, skill in working on the bike, patience in putting up with the crap I had to deal with, great ideas for dealing with crap, and for treating me like a member of the family (a liked member of the family) for my entire 2 days in Phoenix.
Hello everyone, it's Monday evening, 10PM, and I'm sitting in the Phoenix airport waiting to board my flight to Philadelphia and then on to Ottawa, Canada. Tom and I were pretty much full tilt the past 2 days, and it’s only now that I can finally relax, all of the new 450 is in transit. I just checked 3 bags full at the air terminal with absolutely no issues, and breezed through security the same.
The main reason for this breeze through security was Thumper Tom’s suggestion that we try a dry run to the airport this morning before lunch. I had initially received clearance to fly everything but the rear shock which wasn’t bad at all. I called this morning to reconfirm with the airport authorities and got someone with a slightly different attitude, who said NO part of the bike could fly. This threw a serious wrench into our plans as the 5 suitcases were carefully packed, weighed and ready to go.
Tom suggested we take the bags to the airport for an absolute confirmation. 2 TSA agents and a supervisor later we learned that no part of the engine, forks, brakes, shock, battery, exhaust
, rubber tires (wheels are OK) or fuel tank
could be brought on the plane. We had some serious rearranging to do so we booted it to a U-Haul store to buy packing supplies and then back to Tom’s place to start again from scratch.
Tom offered to pop the tires off the wheels so in return I offered that he keep the tires, and he happily complied. While Tom, slipped the rubber off, I popped the clutch out to lighten the engine enough to ship. We stuffed al the non-flyable parts into 3 boxes barely under the weight and size limitations, and then ripped to the Post office before it closed. 2 of the boxes were close, but the engine box we knew was bang on the limit. When weighed it was 5 ounces over the 66 pound limit. The USPS agent was a very nice fella, and we both thought he’d ignore the 5 ounces, but he said if it was weighed again along the weigh it could be rejected. We had double boxed the engine for protection, so we borrowed a knife from the agent and stripped away the outer box and dropped it to 63+ pounds, and off it went with the other 2, headed straight for the Arctic Circle.
Then we squealed back to Tom’s to reorganize the baggage. We managed to fit everything else into 3 bags, I grabbed a quick shower, and Tom drove me to the airport, 3 hours before flight time, thinking I’d need the full 3 hours to deal with security regarding the bike parts. Well, they went through the scanner and TSA didn’t bat an eye. The airline agent didn’t even measure the bags for oversize, or complain about the weight. Off the went up the conveyor belt, heading for Canadian customs in Ontario, where I’ll meet up with them tomorrow when I land at 11AM.
Tom and I had a few obstacles to overcome, but everything worked out in the end, and I made a great new friend, well 3 actually, his roommate Russ and his cat RJ are pretty cool too. My flights being paged now so I have to run. I wanted to post a bit before I flew, more to come when I get through Canadian customs.