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Shipping A Motorcycle: Your How-To Guide

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Prepping Your Motorcycle for Shipping

Motorcycles being crated for shipping


There is nothing better than feeling the wind rush past you as you drive down the highway on your motorcycle. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to take your bike out for a ride. Events in your life may require shipping your bike. Be it moving across or not wanting to add unnecessary mileage, shipping can be a hassle-free way to get your bike where it needs to be. Before you load up your bike, you will need to make sure that you are shipping it correctly.

How to Ship Your Motorcycle

As with any vehicle, you will want to make sure that it is clean before shipping. Remove all dirt and soil deposits on the body and wheels of your bike. This will make it easier to inspect your bike and note any damages. It will also help the shipper inspect your bike and take their own notes. Take photos of your motorcycle before and after it is shipped just in case you need them.
For a running vehicle, check the fluids as well as the battery and tire pressure. For most domestic shipping your motorcycle should only have ¼ of the tank filled with gas when it is being shipped. If you are shipping your motorcycle overseas, you will likely need to remove all of the gas prior to having it crated. Remove any accessories that may cause issues during transport, loose items, and be sure to clean out any saddle bags. If your motorcycle has an alarm be sure to disable it and make sure that you let the driver know how to disable the alarm during shipping if the need arises.

Choose a Method to Ship Your Motorcycle

The first decision you will be faced with when having your vehicle shipped will be shipping via open or enclosed carrier. The basic difference between these two shipping methods is that with open, your bike is exposed to the outside elements. The enclosed method, on the other hand, will mean your motorcycle is shipped inside of a completely enclosed trailer. This all comes down to your preference and how well you want your bike protected. Now obviously if all other things are equal, everyone would choose enclosed shipping every time. But we know life is not that simple, right. The price of shipping enclosed is typically around 40-60 percent more than the open shipping option. So this decision really comes down to how much are you willing to pay to protect your bike from the possible weather and environmental perils. For me, the open option made the most sense, but I ride in the rain (not by choice) and use my motorcycle to commute. If you are shipping that old Harley Davidson Knucklehead, a custom chopper, or you just don’t feel like detailing it upon arrival you will probably be better off with enclosed.

Shipping a Motorcycle Across The Country

When you are ready to ship your motorcycle across the country, you will only want to go to a professional. They are the only ones who can ship your vehicles correctly. For the most trusted shippers, Executive Auto Shippers are the leaders in auto and motorcycle shipping. For more information, contact us at (847)557-0200.