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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-03-2017, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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I very recently took a trip from Edmonton, Alberta to Caldwell, Idaho. I was using my truck but I am drooling to make this trip with the CTX especially the leg between Grangeville and Missoula aka the Northwest Passage. What a spectacular ride that would be on a bike. It was mesmerizing in a vehicle and I plan on returning with the CTX.
In fact, all of Idaho was a beautiful state. It was my first time there and not my last. Totally magnificent!

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So Grburkart you may have a answer to a question I have not been able to get answered, is there a train that travels across your country from the eastern part of Canada to the weatern part that will also carry your motorcycle. I have been trying to go from Montreal to the area north of ND or Idaho so I could do a similar ride that you just did. I can't find much information regarding this subject, hope I have only been looking in the wrong places for that information. Thanks in advance for any help you may have.
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The empire builder runs from Chicago through minneapolis and west to at least seattle, if not Vancouver. It takes that northern route and I've heard it's magnificent.

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So Grburkart you may have a answer to a question I have not been able to get answered, is there a train that travels across your country from the eastern part of Canada to the weatern part that will also carry your motorcycle. I have been trying to go from Montreal to the area north of ND or Idaho so I could do a similar ride that you just did. I can't find much information regarding this subject, hope I have only been looking in the wrong places for that information. Thanks in advance for any help you may have.
Yes Bill, there is a train that crosses the country. It's called ViaRail. However, as far as I know, it's just a passenger train and you'd need to find an alternate way to ship your bike. There is a train that travels to Vancouver from Toronto as well as a train that travels from Montreal to Toronto. Amtrak has rail service between Vancouver and Seattle.
I have never travelled by rail but the Edmonton/Calgary to Vancouver runs are suppose to be very majestic.
In my opinion, I've been to the Dakotas and they are great! South Dakota is my favourite over the two but nothing compared to Idaho.

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Canada Air has a program where they will fly a bike to and from some major airports but it isn't cheap. They will even fly it to a few other countries, but not to the U.S. because rules here do not allow it. I read a travel article on this a couple of years ago and made a note because I'm pretty close to the Canadian border and thought I might want to use it someday. There is a travel blog where some Canadians talked about flying their bike from one side of the country to the other so they could tour the other part of the country without having to use most of their vacation time riding back and forth. Some people are using this to fly their bike to Europe so they can spend a summer touring there on a machine they know and love. The total cost of getting the bike to and from Europe at that time was a little over $1000 each way but I'm not sure if that was Canadian or U.S. If you google this by looking for "fly motorcycle on Canada Air" or something similar you should be able to find the article and the forum.

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I checked it out and found this...
Air Canada motorcycle promotion to run again this year | Canada Moto Guide
I don't imagine you can just drop your bike off for shipping without crating it. I'm wondering if it would be feasible to ship it via fed ex or such company or even some sort of car carrier. Maybe there's a bike mover out and about.


Actually, I just checked. There are a ton of Motorcycle shippers online, uship being one of them.


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So Grburkart you may have a answer to a question I have not been able to get answered, is there a train that travels across your country from the eastern part of Canada to the western part that will also carry your motorcycle. I have been trying to go from Montreal to the area north of ND or Idaho so I could do a similar ride that you just did. I can't find much information regarding this subject, hope I have only been looking in the wrong places for that information. Thanks in advance for any help you may have.
Not sure if this is helpful, but I know these folks - they are fellow riders and have a motorcycle transport business.

http://monstonetransport.com/
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Not sure if this is helpful, but I know these folks - they are fellow riders and have a motorcycle transport business.

http://monstonetransport.com/
Thanks for the info, looks like they have a lot of options
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