Need to ship a motorcycle? Here's what you need to know!

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Are you making a big move? Buying or selling a motorcycle across the country? Regardless of the reason, when you need a motorcycle transported a long distance, you want to ensure it makes the journey as safely as possible.

Knowing where to start can be challenging — keep reading to ensure it’s a seamless process.

This is everything you need to know about shipping a motorcycle:

Decide how you want your motorcycle transported.

Think about how you want your motorcycle moved from its starting location to its final destination. If you are shipping the bike to Hawaii or internationally, you will need options in addition to a truck/trailer.

If shipping your motorcycle in the US, most of the time, trailers are the transportation type of choice. You can choose an open-air trailer, which will expose your vehicle to the elements, or an enclosed trailer which offers more protection.

Next, you’ll want to determine when you want your motorcycle to be delivered.

When estimating your delivery dates, it’s essential to consider unforeseen issues such as traffic, road conditions, weather, etc. These are just a few unplanned events that can impact your date selection. It’s recommended you plan for 1-4 days of flexibility in your schedule whenever possible.

Don't forget your budget?

One of your top priorities will likely be calculating the cost of transporting your motorcycle. Several factors will impact the final cost of shipment, including:

  • Motorcycle type (brand, year)
  • Shipping distance
  • Delivery preferences
  • Time of year (seasonal demand)
  • Accessories being shipped with the motorcycle (e.g., a sidecar)
  • Insurance coverage

To learn more about the cost of shipping a motorcycle, get a free quote here:

Prepare your motorcycle to be shipped

Now that you’ve arranged everything for your motorcycle transport make sure your vehicle is ready for the journey ahead. The carrier you select will have specific rules for how to prepare your motorcycle to be shipped, but typically you’ll want to do the following:

  • Remove personal items (GPS, cameras, etc.)
  • Inflate tires
  • Keep gas at ¾ tank or less
  • Charge the battery
  • Check and repair fluid leaks
  • Unlock the steering wheel
  • Remove all keys (if required by the specific carrier)

After you’ve gone through all the steps above, the final step is for the carrier to pick up your motorcycle and begin the adventure to its new destination!

Motorcycle shipping made easy!

Join the thousands of customers that have trusted with the safe delivery of their motorcycles and vehicles!

Our experienced team strives to provide the highest level of customer service. We can ensure streamlined transport by combining state-of-the-art technology with our highly trained staff!

At, our goal is to reduce the cost to the consumer and the hauler by creating a real-time network to ensure your shipment is picked up and delivered on time. We value our relationships and make reducing the stress of your move our primary goal.

Get your free motorcycle shipping quote now!

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