The village of Grayslake in Lake county is considered to be part of Chicago’s metropolitan area. Just at the centre of the village, the residents are graced with a beautiful lake, Grays Lake, which acts as a habitat for various bid species like the vireos, sparrows, martins, flycatchers and the grosbeaks among others. The infrastructure system in the village is quite developed. Air transportation is accessible at the Kenosha Regional airport and two rail services providing transportation the main city in Illinois, Chicago. With such a rich geographical biography, A-1 Auto Transport is happy to provide motorcycle shipping services to the area of Grayslake. There is no one better to handle the transportation of your delicate motorcycle. By the end of this article, we bet you will be convinced of our superiority in the motorcycle shipping industry.
Different methods we can use to ship your motorcycle
Domestic motorcycle shipping
- Open-air transport
This is a more simple form of transport where we use carriers that are about 70 feet to 80 feet in length which can haul a trailer with a two-level at the top and bottom for rows of motorbikes. There are no sides or rooms on this carrier.
- Enclosed transport
We use trucks with 4 sides and a roof to provide extra protection to the motorbike.
- Door to door transport
Regardless of whether you would like your motorcycle delivered to your doorstep or you would like a specific neighbour to receive your shipment, our swift delivery system can make it happen for you.
- Terminal to terminal transport
We will ship the motorcycle from a central location in Fox Lake to an intermediate location at the shipping destination.
- Crated transport
Your motorcycle will be transported safely on a wooden crate.
International motorcycle shipping
- RORO (roll-on roll-off)
Your motorbike will be rolled onto a vessel for shipment and rolled off once it arrives at its destination. Motorcycles shipped via RoRo are stashed in dry under-deck compartments that are exposed to elements of the sea. Depending on the point of departure and destination, this is the least expensive shipping method and often the quickest.
A shipping container can typically withstand handling, storage and shipment. That makes it suitable for transporting multiple motorcycles overseas.
- Port to port
We can move your motorbike from one port to the next as it awaits inland transportation or your collection.
How to prepare your motorcycle for shipping
- Clean the motorbike
One thing that you should be aware of especially when it comes to international motorcycle shipping services is that you will be required by customs to ship a clean motorcycle. Otherwise, you will be charged an extra fee for washing the motorbike before it can pass on to the other destination.
Is your motorbike in good working condition? This calls for you to check the brakes, inflate the tires, tighten up loose bolts and ensure that the fuel tank is a ¼ full at most to prevent explosive fumes from building up in the truck and so that the shippers have an easy time starting it up and moving it if necessary.
For the purposes of insurance and your own personal satisfaction, it is important to keep a record of the condition of your motorbike at the location of departure. We are talking of taking pictures and writing down dated records that are similar to the shippers’. That way, you can have solid proof that your motorcycle was damaged or tampered with during transit and you can claim for compensation.
What to look for in a motorcycle shipping company
The motorcycle shipping company needs to have an insurance cover for your motorcycle against theft or damage. Many shipping companies will however not cover your personal items left on the motorbike.
Look for a company that offers competitive prices and offers convenience in terms of distance to be covered, methods used, types of carriers used, and the handling equipment used for handling your motorbike.
Look for a shipping company that has quality equipment suitable for handling your motorbike. In addition, their moving trucks ought to be Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant.
Why you should use A-1 Auto Transport for your motorcycle shipping needs
If you are thinking of the following, then we are the go-to company.
- Moving your motorcycle out of state
- Auction motorcycle relocation
- Transporting your motorbike to college
- Seasonal/Temporary relocations
- Out of state motorcycle sales/purchases (eBay and Amazon)
- Shipping antique, special or inoperative motorbikes
- Office/corporate motorcycle moving
Our Grayslake motorcycle shipping services
- Long distance shipping
- Packing and unpacking services
- Door to door shipping
- State to state shipping
- Insurance coverage
- International motorcycle shipping
Let’s get to shipping
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.