Find the best option when it comes to
transporting your motorcycle long distance
Moving A Motorcycle
Nothing beats riding the open road on your motorbike. If you have the time, this may be the opportunity to take a road trip. If time and logistics require the motorcycle to be shipped, there are many options.
Moving Companies: A large number of moving companies can also transport motorcycles. If you are moving household items, the motorcycle can also be transported in the truck.
If hiring a moving company to move your motorcycle, they will pack your motorcycle in one of three ways.
Flatbed: Using a flatbed delivery service may increase your costs, however, the attention your bike will receive may be worth it.
Containers: Using a container is a do-it-yourself way of moving your motorbike. The container company, such as UPack delivers the container to your pick up location. You then pack the motorcycle, perhaps along with your household items into the container. They then pick it up and drive it to the new location.
Trailers: Companies such as UHAUL offer trailers to rent. You can rent a truck to attach the trailer, or attach it to your own car if you’re set up to tow a trailer.
Truck: If you own, have access to, or plan to rent a truck, your motorcycle can be transported this way. Knowing How to Load a Moving Truck and Rental Truck Safety can provide important information if you will be using your own, or a rental truck to transport your motorcycle.
Protecting The Motorcycle
If moving and packing the motorbike yourself, make sure to pad it with blankets and any extra padding to ensure little or no damage occurs should it fall or something fall on it while in transit.
Whichever option you choose when deciding how to move your motorcycle, make sure to inquire with each company about insurance coverage. Also check coverage with your current insurance company. Flatbed companies offer insurance polices. Containers are self-pack, therefore there is no insurance policy. How much time, money and effort have you put into this bike, making it unique? Make sure it’s insured!
Whichever way you decide to transport your motorcycle, reading the manufacturers instructions is a good idea. This way, you will be knowledgeable about any transportation precautions and tie-down recommendations for your specific model. If you don’t have the original manufacturers instructions, doing an online search will provide plenty of information.