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How to Ship a Motorcycle

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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:

  • AmeriFreight.
  • Haul Bikes.
  • Montway Auto Transport.
  • Motorcycle Shippers.
  • uShip.

Knowing that you can ship a motorcycle gives you options for finding a project bike that’s out-of-state.

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