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Crating & Shipping A Motorcycle With A-1 Auto Transport

Crated motorcycle transport is one of the most common ways of shipping a bike, especially for long distance or cross country transport. It is not only a simple and affordable way of shipping your bike, but it also a method of transport that provides the most security during the process. Here’s how it works: your motorcycle is secured to a pallet (sometimes called a skid) where it is firmly locked anchored into place using tie downs, and then covered on all sides by a plywood crate. The crate itself is also secured into place, usually in a shipping container or a transport carrier, creating a second set of anchor points to ensure that it doesn’t shift or tip during transport.

Most crated motorcycle shipping is done in an enclosed carrier, providing another layer of protection from weather and road hazards that could potentially cause damage. Unfortunately, not all transporters offer crated shipping as an option as it does require equipment—either a forklift or a lift gate—to get it properly loaded before transport. As far as the crate itself is concerned, customers typically either supply the crate or they can rent or buy one from the shipping company. Obviously this is an additional cost, but the crate can be reused, which makes it an appealing option for those who plan to ship more than once.

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Why Should I Have My Motorcycle Shipped?

While it’s common for many bike owners to set off on adventures that cover hundreds of miles over several days of riding, there are some trips that necessitate shipping. If you’re like most riders, you enjoy the scenic twists and turns of the open road, but sometimes you have to travel to find that great ride. In some cases, your adventure may take you to another country, where it’s simply not an option to make the trip on the bike yourself. This is where a transport company comes in and can provide an affordable way to quickly ship your motorcycle to your desired destination.

Hiring a professional shipper to haul your bike not only saves you the time of riding or transporting it yourself, but eliminates the risks of mechanical issues that come with riding or hauling it yourself. When you ship your bike, there are no miles put on it and professional shipping ensures that it’s safely locked down in a reinforced, covered carrier so that it arrives in perfect condition and ready to ride. Insurance is included in the price of transport and, since motorcycles don’t contribute much to the total cargo weight, it’s inexpensive in comparison to other types of vehicles.

Motorcycle Shipping Resources

Motorcycle Shipping 101 - Our motorcycle shipping page covers every aspect of the process, from preparation to delivery and explains what you’ll need to know every step of the way.

Make Your Own Shipping Crate - For the industrious self-starters out there, it’s not too difficult to fashion your own transport crate. Follow the steps in this article and you can save money on the cost of shipping long distance.


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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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Testimonial
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.

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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!

Testimonial by Cristine Benoit
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.

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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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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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