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Cheapest Way to Ship a Motorcycle
Cheapest Way to Ship a Motorcycle

Shipping your motorcycle across the country, or even internationally, doesn't have to be as expensive of an ordeal as you would think. Just like with automobiles, shipping a motorcycle at an affordable rate requires proper planning and research.

Whether you've ordered a motorcycle from a dealership online, are moving to a different state, or simply want to bring your motorcycle to a special event, finding a shipping company that specializes in transporting all types of motorcycles at an affordable rate, without sacrificing on security and speed, is important.

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The following tips will help.

Find a Company that is an Expert in Motorcycle Transportation.

It may seem tempting to simply choose a company that offers the lowest price, but doing so could cost you a great deal of hassle in terms of delays, as well as extra costs due to shipping damage and so forth. That's why you should only work with companies that have a stellar reputation for shipping motorcycles and that seem reputable.

A company that has a demonstrated expertise in motorcycle shipping will be officially licensed to do so. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made it a requirement for all motorcycle transporters to be licensed.

The company that you choose must also have a demonstrated expertise in shipping a wide variety of motorcycle types.  These types should include:

  • Chopper.
  • Cruiser.
  • Standard.
  • Off-road.
  • Dual-purpose.
  • Sport.
  • Street.
  • Touring.

This is important because it's necessary to understand how to handle different models and designs of motorcycles in order to avoid damaging them during the shipping process. A shipping company needs to have specialized equipment in order to ship your motorcycle properly.

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Choose the Best Shipping Method for Your Needs.

The two main ways to ship your motorcycle are through either Enclosed Trailers or Open Trailers.

Enclosed Trailers.

Shipping your motorcycle on an enclosed trailer is the more expensive option out of the two. However, it is a much safer method and also protects your motorcycle more securely from both theft and damage. It's the ideal choice for those who are:

  • Shipping their motorcycle over a long distance.
  • Don't need the motorcycle to arrive on a specific date.
  • Shipping a motorcycle that is expensive or extremely fragile.

Modern enclosed transport trailers will often feature air ride suspension and a soft-tie strapping system so that there's less shock on your bike during the journey. If you have several motorcycles that you're planning on shipping, you may even be able to get them all on the same trailer.

Open Trailers.

Choosing an open transport trailer is cheaper than an enclosed trailer, but it still is a viable option, depending on your particular circumstances. Because there isn't a roof or side panels covering the trailer, your motorcycle will be more susceptible to weather damage and other various elements, not to mention being less secure.

It's an option to consider if:
  • You only need to ship your motorcycle a short distance
  • You need it shipped immediately and are on a strict deadline
  • Your motorcycle isn't particularly fragile or valuable
Choose Door-to-Door Shipping.

The majority of companies that ship motorcycles will offer door-to-door service for a minimal fee or even for free. However, if, for some reason, they can't pick it up at the starting point or deliver it at your destination, you will need to reach an amicable arrangement with them before agreeing to hire them. Not doing so can cost you extra money due to transportation costs, as well as inconvenience.

If either the pick-up or drop-off points are in an impractical location for safe delivery, it's better to meet at a location that has plenty of space and is securely lit.

Make Sure That You Have Adequate Insurance Coverage.

Motorcycle transport companies will offer some type of insurance coverage, but it sometimes can be quite basic and won't cover everything that you may need. To be sure, you should discuss this with the company and ask them to explain:

  • The types of motorcycle damage that are under coverage.
  • The coverage limit that it provides.
  • If it also covers motorcycle accessories and other add-ons.

Some motorcycles that are extremely valuable may need extra coverage, which the transport company should be able to help provide.

A-1 Auto specializes in motorcycle transportation and can provide you with a cheap rate, while also making sure that your motorcycle gets to your final destination fast and on-time!

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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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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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