Motorcycle transport is a key component of every auto transport company’s business and there’s a highly competitive market for providing the most affordable prices available. With this being the case, there’s an advantage to be leveraged by customers seeking motorcycle shipping services which allows them to find the cheapest available price with relatively little legwork. It’s definitely still worth looking into prices and services to find the best fit, but the bottom line is that with a few phone calls, there are some real bargains to be found.
Shipping a motorcycle is generally affordable to being with, at least relative to shipping other types of vehicles which are larger, heavier, and require more cargo space to move. While it may cost upwards of $1,000 to ship a car halfway across the United States, a motorcycle can typically be shipped for a fraction of the price. If you’re lucky enough to find a transport company with room to spare, it’s not out of the realm of possibility to find a company that’s willing to do it for much less than many competitors.
Advantages of Motorcycle Shipping
While it may be tempting to hop on your bike and make a road trip out of the situation, there are some distinct advantages to working with a transport company to ship your bike. For one, there’s the mechanical cost of riding for several hours a day and the risk of putting hundreds, if not thousands of miles on your motorcycle. When you factor in the cost of gas, food, lodging, and the potential for wear and tear on the bike, it’s very cost effective to work with a motorcycle shipping company if your real goal is to enjoy a ride in a different part of the country.
Anticipating Motorcycle Shipping Costs
One of the main questions we receive from our customers who are looking to ship a motorcycle is “How much will it cost?” While there’s no simple answer to this question because of the number of things that factor into the total cost, it can be helpful to understand the basics of what will affect the price you pay. Here are the main aspects of shipping a bike that will dictate how much it costs:
- Shipping Distance – The further the distance, the more man power and gas it takes to deliver a motorcycle.
- Type of Bike – Some motorcycles are larger than others and accommodating larger types of bikes may cost more.
- Weight – The more transport cargo weighs, the more it will cost to ship it.
- Transport Method – Standard delivery ends a transport terminal, but if you want your motorcycle shipped directly to your door (or a specific address), that carries an additional charge.
- Storage – If you need short term storage before your bike is delivered, that also has a small added costs.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
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