Shipping a bike is similar to shipping a car; you must take the same precautions and prep the bike for transport. You have to determine the dates when you need it shipped or delivered, as well as how flexible you are with time. In the case you need an urgent service, be prepared to receive a higher price than usual, as expedite service require an extra fee in order to make it possible within your little to no flexibility. Make sure you check the reviews for the company you choose to ship with. With the advancements in technology these days it is much easier to check out how reliable a company is. Another sign that will show you how reliable a carrier is will be the price. When you are shopping around for quotes, and you receive a low price compared to the range of prices you have been receiving, this is an immediate red flag. Low prices are usually attached to issues, no shows, insurance issues, hidden fees and number of other things, stay away from them. We understand budget is always an issue, however low prices will cost you more in the long run.
Once the carrier has been chosen make sure you are through with the description of your motorcycle. The more details you provide, picture if possible, the more your agent will be able to set up the proper transportation for your motorcycle. This will guarantee a safe delivery. Provide all accurate addresses, contacts and phone numbers, in the event of an emergency or delay, the driver must be able to contact you in order to arrange something and fix the issues with the least amount of stress and hassle as possible to you and to him.
Motorcycles are shipped via enclosed carriers in order to protect them from the environment and weather conditions. Usually bikes are mounted on cradles in order to safely transport them from point to point. You may also request to ship a bike via open carrier, however it is not recommended due to the exposure. Short distances are acceptable to ship a bike on an open carrier, however for long distances it is strongly recommended to ship via enclosed carriers.