Motorcycle Transport USA & Motorcycle Shipping Companies
First, you need to recognize what choices your have when transporting a motorcycle within United States.
Door-to-door motorcycle shipping entails that your used or new motorcycle will be collected directly from the “door” of your home, bike dealership, salvage insurance auction, etc. and delivered to the “door” at the point of destination. You do not need to run anyplace to recollect it from the motorcycle carrier company. It’s contrary to the terminal-to-terminal transfer service where you have to deliver and then collect your motor cycle from the vehicle hauler terminals which are normally located close to big metro areas.
Next, you must determine if you wish open truck motorcycle shipment, enclosed transport service, or crated motorcycle freight.
- Open truck motorcycle shipment means that your bike will be moved by a common vehicle carrier. It will be uncovered to the weather during the trip. You might expect that motorcycle shipping costs less compared to car shipping because of the smaller size but this isn’t the case. Vehicle carriers bill per spot on their truck and motorcycle shipping rates are just a bit lower than car shipping rates.
- Enclosed motorcycle transport service implies that your bike will be travelling INSIDE the vehicle carrier’s truck. It’s favoured method for new and custom bikes.
- Crated motorcycle freight service involves getting your cycle crated for shipping and you can buy a pre-made foldable crate, have your transport company order one or hire a crating warehouse. They’re generally used in international shipping as they supply a strong protection for your bike during the oversea conveyance.
Your next step is to select a motorcycle transport company. If you’re an AMA member (American Motorcycle Association) they can get you in touch with their preferred motorcycle shipping carriers in USA. A quick lookup on the internet will fetch a number of providers. Most of them will be shipping brokers and not the actual motorcycle haulers. Just make certain they are properly certified and search Better Business Bureau’s listings for their ratings. You can also place your shipment on one of the internet shipping boards to get multiple offers (www.uShip.com). Be ready to provide the origin & destination, estimate departure date, type of motorcycle, and desirable motorcycle shipping option.
From the time you sign the contract for the motorcycle shipment it will typically take 1.5-2.5 weeks until the actual pick up. Most of the companies can’t assure the exact pick up date as it depends on their routes and availability of other shipments. Make sure you obtain the signed report from the driver when he collects your motor cycle. Also it’s not a good idea to include any motorcycle accessories, parts or products as the vehicle transport companies are not accountable for objects that are not part of the vehicle. On arrival please, inspect your motorcycle and if damage happened, note all damages on your inspection report, obtain the driver’s signature, and contact your motorcycle shipping company.
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