If you’ve never shipped something before, shipping a motorcycle may seem a little foreign. However, it’s a fairly straightforward process that can save you a lot of hassle than if you were to try and transport (or ride) the bike yourself.
Shipping a motorcycle is a good option when you’re moving, selling a motorcycle, or buying a bike from out-of-state.
The basic process for shipping a bike involves:
- Determining how you want the bike shipped (open trailer or closed trailer).
- Getting quotes from a few shipping services.
- Scheduling pick up and delivery.
- Document the condition of the bike with notes and pictures.
- Sign and complete the shipping paperwork.
- Decide if you want to purchased extra insurance to protect the bike.
Once you find a shipper with a reasonable price, it’s just a matter of booking your dates. The carrier you book with will have instructions to get your bike ready to ship.
How much does it cost to ship a motorcycle?
The cost of shipping a motorcycle will vary depending on:
- Type of trailer/enclosure. Open trailers will typically be cheaper than closed trailers.
- Total distance between pick up and destination.
- Time frame you need it shipped within. If you need it sooner, you may have to pay more.
- Weight/size of the bike.
For destinations less than 1,000 miles away, the cost to ship a motorcycle will typically range from about $150 to $400.
For longer distances, shipping can be anywhere from $400 to $800.
If you need to ship a motorcycle overseas, it will typically cost over $1,000.
Motorcycle Shipping Companies
Some popular and reputable options for shipping your motorcycle include:
- Haul Bikes.
- Montway Auto Transport.
- Motorcycle Shippers.
Knowing that you can ship a motorcycle gives you options for finding a project bike that’s out-of-state.