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    Off to Iran, at last

    I have wanted to go to Iran for a long time


    Well, perhaps not THAT long. But I still have a 1979 Iran visa in an old passport, which I couldn't use due to a little local difficulty at the US Embassy there, and as a result got stuck in New Delhi
    Note the word 'Imperial' crossed out in biro, which reflects the changing times back then.

    But (fingers crossed!) I am all set to head off Wednesday or Thursday this coming week on my GS1150 for the long ride via Istanbul and across Turkey - one I have a done a couple of times before, to Syria in 2008 and to Georgia and Armenia last year.

    Once I get under way I will try to post update where wifi allows - I have even splashed out £20 on a keyboard for my iPhone so I don't have to lug a laptop.



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    Quote Originally Posted by simondippenhall View Post
    I have wanted to go to Iran for a long time
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    You and me both and for that reason I'll be following this with interest.

    Have a great trip!

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    Off to Iran, at last

    Getting the paperwork has been half the fun so far. The Iran visa itself I got in exactly 50 minutes, so that was easy (it helps that I am Irish, and went to the Iranian Embassy in Dublin). The Turkish e-visa is very slick and took 5 minutes while I watched TV. I decided against going back via Azerbaijan (despite having completed the application form and booked a hotel) when I discovered motorcycles are only allowed in for 72 hours for customs purposes. The most challenging thing to get was the carnet (CPD) for Iran as the once helpful ADAC in Germany will no longer serve the UK since 1 July. After a ring around of other European motoring organisations, I did find a very good solution which will be revealed in a future episode!



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    And while I remember, a big thank you to Petcul and Drumacoon Lad of this parish who were full of it! (Good advice, I mean ;-) based on their recent trips to Iran.

    I have just been looking at the bike stickers to ensure they won't get me in a punch-up at any border but they are well worn and haven't caused problems so far.



    I had thought f shipping the bike to Bulgaria or Romania to cut out some of the initial slog, but well into the planning stage I realised that, for me, part of the magic is starting out from home and (unlike the abrupt disconnection of air travel) gradually going through the changing landscape on the way. But a big 'thank you' to Bulgaria Bike Shipping and Gabriel Turcanu, both of whom were willing and helpful to ship the bike if I had wanted to.

    So now the GS has new Tourances on (not really sensible to start with tyres which already had done 9,000 miles - even I could work that one out) and has been fettled by the illustrious Steptoe who assures me it will probably make it to Folkestone ;-).

    I have also added some winglets and headlight protectors from Rugged Roads although I am not planning any particularly high-speed riding.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Outtomunch View Post
    You and me both and for that reason I'll be following this with interest.



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    Have a great trip OP

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    You'll love the place and the people .... have a great trip and enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by simondippenhall View Post
    The most challenging thing to get was the carnet (CPD) for Iran as the once helpful ADAC in Germany will no longer serve the UK since 1 July. After a ring around of other European motoring organisations, I did find a very good solution which will be revealed in a future episode!
    Look forward to hearing about this... please don't leave us hanging too long! Always wanted to ride in Iran but the Carnet deposit/insurance indemnity (800% value of bike) was always a deal breaker for me. Guess I could get a cheap C90 like Ed March but that's not really my thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen.stallebrass View Post
    Look forward to hearing about this... please don't leave us hanging too long! Always wanted to ride in Iran but the Carnet deposit/insurance indemnity (800% value of bike) was always a deal breaker for me. Guess I could get a cheap C90 like Ed March but that's not really my thing.
    Or buy one there and flog it again on departure.

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    Have a great trip & await the pictures / trip report....
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    Thanks all for the good wishes, and I will post once I get on the road and wifi permits. Stephen, I eventually sourced the carnet from the Swiss Touring Club and the deposit was their minimum level of about 3000chf - that's still a lot but it helps having a 13 year old bike, and I think it's only Egypt, India and Pakistan that require a big multiple of the bike's value.


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    Quote Originally Posted by simondippenhall View Post
    Thanks all for the good wishes, and I will post once I get on the road and wifi permits. Stephen, I eventually sourced the carnet from the Swiss Touring Club and the deposit was their minimum level of about 3000chf - that's still a lot but it helps having a 13 year old bike, and I think it's only Egypt, India and Pakistan that require a big multiple of the bike's value.


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    Apologies, yes, it was Egypt I was think about that was 800%

    Thanks. Bon Voyage comrade.

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    Sounds fantastic.

    Have always wanted to do a trip to Iran. Presume it is still not possible to enter Iran unescorted by bike on a British passport/visa?

    My mother was Irish so perhaps thinking maybe next year I could apply for an Irish passport and consider getting in that way?

    Have a great trip.

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    best of luck

    looking forward to your report, have a safe journey.
    Peter Cullen's ride report was inspiring and no doubt you will have a great trip too.
    "Go n-éirí and bóthar leat"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outtomunch View Post
    You and me both and for that reason I'll be following this with interest.

    Have a great trip!

    Andres
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    Quote Originally Posted by simondippenhall View Post
    Once I get under way I will try to post update where wifi allows - I have even splashed out £20 on a keyboard for my iPhone so I don't have to lug a laptop.
    Er... iPhone voice dictation??

    Have a good one, will be following progress.

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    The Balkan bit

    I'm sure it will be an excellent trip... I worked one country east of there for a while, stunning scenery and hospitable people in Iran.

    Give a wave whilst passing through the Balkans...

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