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HD Motorcycle Shipping International

HD Motorcycle Shipping International
HD Motorcycle Shipping International

What is the HD Motorcycle Shipping International?

Nothing spells “American” like HOGS. Yes, Harley Davidson motorcycles - the alpha in the kingdom of motorcycles. So popular are these bikes, that the international market imports them in great numbers. A-1 Auto Transport Inc. prides itself in offering HD motorcycle shipping international services to private clients, collectors, auto-shows, organizers, and rental businesses.

Why A-1 Auto Transport Inc.?

We have been in business for the past two decades. We know the ins and outs of the industry, having provided car auto shipping services for cars, motorcycles, RVs, ATVs, boats, and, even yachts. Our portfolio incloudes shipping all types of motor cycles including sport bikes, tourers, tricycles, off-roads, and HD motorcycles. Over the years, we have advanced in technology, tools, and modes of transport and scope of service. We have the man-power needed to provide the best HD motorcycle shipping international service in the United States.

We have a network of operations, working with the major cargo shipping ports in the US. You can be rest assured, therefore, that we have the resources to get the job done. We ship Harley Davidson motorcycles to various ports around the globe. Wherever the destination, whether Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia, Africa or South America, we deliver the HD motorcycle promptly and in the most professional manner possible.

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Different methods of shipping motorcycles internationally

Motorcycles are shipped either in open air or enclosed shipping methods. Under open air, the motorcycles are rolled onto a flatbed rack on the cargo ship and strapped on using tie-downs and fasteners. This method is, however, not recommended for Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Enclosed shipping methods involve shipping the motorcycle inside an enclosed cargo container. The motorcycles are also secured in place using tie downs and straps to hold them in position all through the journey, such that even in the event of a rough sea, the motorcycles don’t lean dangerously or fall over. However, this, too is not the recommended mode of HD motorcycle shipping international especially over sea.

How do we ship HD motorcycles?

Harley Davidson motorcycles are not your typical bikes. They are the “elite family” of bikes. Their structure is slightly different. They are larger and longer than normal motorcycles. This extra size brings with it extra pounds, too. Also, compared to other motorcycles, the exhaust pipes hang really low on the HDs. Some custom ones have longer handles than standard motorcycles.  The extra features make up for a heavier motorcycle. This extra weight dictates that the crated method of transportation be used.

The “special dimension” of a Harley Davidson, together with the weight, is best shipped inside shipping crates. A shipping crate is an enclosed wooden box in which motorcycles are shipped in. The crates are constructed from durable ¾ inch plywood, strong enough to withstand a substantial amount of impact in case of rough seas or any accident. The interior comes with four tie-down straps, four soft-tie straps, and 4D-rings for holding the motorcycle in position. The weight of a Harley Davidson is a bit more difficult to hold in place. The wobbling of the ship due to rough sea conditions can make the HD bike lean against another bike or even topple over. It is for this reason that crated means of transportation is the most suitable. The heavy duty straps and tie-downs used in motorcycle crates can comfortably secure the motorcycle in place, as well as and accommodate its weight in order to avoid leaning or falling.

Moreover, the extra size of the Harvey Davidson motorbikes, including the extra length and handles are best accommodated through crate transportation. Apart from offering stability, crate motorcycle transportation provides security against external hazards.

Types of crates for shipping HD bikes internationally

There are three types of motorcycle shipping crates available for shipping HD motorcycles. They include:

  • Economy/single use crates: These are crates designed to hold one HD motorcycle during shipping. The plywood used here is not reusable as it cannot sufficiently serve two shipping applications in a row. Economy/ single use crates are the cheapest available in the market.
  • Standard reusable crate: This crate is of slightly better quality compared to the single use crate. After shipping, the walls of the crate can be dissembled and stacked onto each other for storage. When time for another HD bike shipping comes, it can easily be assembled back.
  • XL reusable crate: These crates are designed to accommodate larger HD bikes; those that cannot fit into the standard size one. They are also reusable for as many shipments as they can allow.
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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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