Jump to content

Motorcycle shipping


Recommended Posts

Anybody have any experience shipping bikes in the states? Any outfits to recommend? Is there a way to ship without bottoming the suspension for a week?

 

Moving back to the Midwest (WI) from FL.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 35
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

I have a feeling this is the owner or an employee of CitizenShipper... he used a disposable email address to sign up. But hey, if you are looking for a bike shipper, maybe this is an option.

Posted Images

Hello. I have only used a shipper once. I used JC Motors transport. Everything went as planned. No surprises.

Their site quoted me an accurate price. I used there normal shipping, they do have express shipping if you need it by a certain date.

 

Good luck on your relocation.

Link to post
Share on other sites

No experience with shippers, but if you want some DIY advice, I can help with that. Last week I towed my LeMans close to 1,000 miles. I used a roll-on wheel chock attached to the floor-brackets of my toy-hauler via carabiners and turnbuckles.

  • Front wheel - roll onto chock, no need to compress suspension
  • Rear wheel - strap around wheel with tension pulling bike backward
  • Side to side stability - one strap through each passenger peg bracket, some compression of rear suspension.

+1 on best wishes on the move. Gotta ask though - isn't there some other way to get it there over a long weekend? Something involving a one-way plane ticket and about 10 tanks of gas?   :race:

Link to post
Share on other sites

@Scud, been kicking around using one of these mounted to my Volvo http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005XDM0XO?vs=1not sure if I'd ever use it much.... and the cost with a trailer bracket would be about the same as shipping. Don't know which would put my mind more at ease.

The other option is to recruit somebody from where I'm headed (I got buddies near there) to do a tandem ride/drive. I'm on puppy hauling duty too.

 

otherwise I appreciate the advice and I will be getting a couple of quotes from the mentioned brokers. Thanks for the input!

 

This moving across country stuff was much easier when it was just me and a bike...

Link to post
Share on other sites

@Scud, been kicking around using one of these mounted to my Volvo http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005XDM0XO?vs=1not sure if I'd ever use it much.... and the cost with a trailer bracket would be about the same as shipping. Don't know which would put my mind more at ease.

 

I'm on puppy hauling duty too.

 

That bike-dragger thing would also put a big flat spot on your back tire and maybe over 1,000 miles on the odometer - so maybe factor in the cost of a rear tire.

 

Shipping seems easier, cheaper, and better for the bike than that. But if you've got other stuff that you want to be sure to have when you get there (or along the way), maybe rent a small trailer that could take the bike and the stuff. Your Volvo (assuming it already has a hitch) could probably pull a couple thousand pounds.

 

Have you considered one of these?   :grin:

 

Screen Shot 2015-07-12 at 8.35.44 AM.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

Probably will end up shipping her.

My dog might not fit in there, but my daughter would be the coolest kid at daycare if I picked her up in that... Might end up needing a new place to live though.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Bill- From Fl to Wi?!  Better change from AC Tech to Heating and Frost Bite Specialist.  I used Key Board when I had my LeMans shipped from Houston to Clearwater.  I found the rates to be very competitive and  the guys were very professional.  Bike was insured for $18K with $0.00 deductible included in the shipping fee. Shoot me a text and I can give you what I paid door to door.  Highly recommended.

 

 

 

Jerry

Link to post
Share on other sites

Bill, just to show you what a good...no no make that GREAT friend I am, you can leave your bike with me.  I promise I will take good care of it!!!  Honest, you can trust me!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Wait,wait,wait a minute here . . . czakky can leave his foxy Lemans Café here with me in Tennessee and it will be closer to the great mountain riding he so loves. :whistle:

 

What are GREAT friends for, right? :grin::bier:

Link to post
Share on other sites

Funny you never have a problem finding someone to "store" your Italian bike. Just got done talking to some buddies in my hometown of Minneapolis and people actually volunteered to "store" my bike.

Since I've been trying to talk my dad into a V7 for a while. think I'll send it to his barn until I can get her a proper home.

Nobody was volunteering when she was eating her wiring harness though...

Link to post
Share on other sites

I;'ve shipped four different times with diff companies.. Haulbikes.com was by far the most knowledgable and careful.

 

 

this guy needed to be taught how to tie down before breaking the sidestand.

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

×
×
  • Create New...