Most motorcycle owners love riding. So, the idea of using a transport company to move their motorcycle rather than driving it themselves seems, well, crazy. But many times there are circumstances that make motorcycle owners better off if they use motorcycle shipping and transport services.
Long trips such as popular routes like Dallas to Los Angeles or Massachusetts to Florida can come with a high level of cost for fuel, food and lodging during a long trip. While it’s possible to tow a motorcycle, most owners don’t want to take the chance of damaging them while making a long journey.
The best auto transport companies also offer motorcycle transport services. It’s a smart investment for those who want to find an affordable way to transport their motorcycle and have it arrive on time and in great condition.
Find A Transport Company That Moves Your Type of Motorcycle
The first step for bike owners is to find a company that offers the ability to move their type of motorcycle. Every company has a different list, but the best can move a wide variety of motorcycles. For example, Direct Connect Auto Transport moves all of the following.
- Supermoto Bikes
- Sport bikes
- Touring Bikes
- Sport Touring Cycles
- Standard Motorcycles
- Dual-sport Cycles
- Scooters & mopeds
- Rally Bikes
- Enduro Bikes
How Moving Your Motorcycle Works
Every successful motorcycle transport goes through a series of steps. They include the following.
Find the Right Shipper
You’ll want to ensure that the auto transport company has experience in moving motorcycles and the right equipment to do it safely. Motorcycles should be transported in enclosed carriers. Transport companies should also offer 24/7 tracking so that you always know the location of your motorcycle.
Look at online reviews and talk to others who have shipped with a company. Speak with at least two or three companies before making a decision. Keep in mind some of the signs of a bad transport company.
Get An Estimate
A quality company will give you a free estimate before you commit to using their services. Direct Connect Auto Transport offers customers the opportunity to enter their information (city, state, and zip code) into an online form that gives them an early estimate of the final cost. You can also call them 24 hours a day to get a more detailed quote. A number of variables influence cost, including weight of the motorcycle, distance of the move and when the move takes place.
Set Up a Time For Pick Up and Delivery
As stated above, quality transport companies will come to you to pick up the motorcycle at the time of your choosing. Once they have your motorcycle safely loaded, they can transport it anywhere you would like. If you have the ability to track the shipment (you should), then you will know when it gets close to arriving.
Preparing Motorcycle for Shipping
You should thoroughly clean the bike and document any damage beforehand. You also should remove exterior, aftermarket accessories as they are often not covered by damage-free guarantees and could experience damage during shipping. It’s also a good idea to leave some fuel in the tank and remove any items stored inside the bike, such as under the seat.
Deciding to use motorcycle transport rather than driving it yourself can save you money and time, especially on longer moves. By making sure you hire an experienced company with affordable prices and the latest equipment, you can easily get your bike transported to your new location without the hassle of doing it yourself.
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