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Is Shipping My Motorcycle to Sturgis Easy?

If you will be attending the Sturgis bike rally, consider hiring a professional to ship your bike there. Driving your motorcycle across the country will add unnecessary wear and tear to the bike.

Contact a professional motorcycle transport company to discuss how much it would be to ship your bike to Sturgis.

The Sturgis bike rally was started in 1938 and still continues today. It is the most popular bike event in the country and thousands attend every year. Originally, this event was meant for stunts and races, but over the years, its popularity has grown and has become a place where motorcycle enthusiasts come to meet and converse.


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Preparing Your Bike for Shipping.

  • Wash off dirt and deposits.
  • Remove any accessories and loose objects.
  • Disable the alarm system to avoid a disturbance onboard.
  • Check fluids, battery and tire pressure.
  • Make sure the gas reading is no higher than ¼.
  • Document the condition of your vehicle.

Ways to Ship a Motorcycle.

 Enclosed Transport.

This is known for being the most secure way to ship a motorcycle, but it’s also the most expensive form of shipping. Enclosed transport means that your bike will be loaded onto an enclosed trailer and secured inside. It will be protected against all driving conditions and the elements.

Open Air Transport.

If you are comfortable with your bike being exposed to the elements and driving conditions, consider this shipping solution. This is the most common way to transport a bike from one destination to the next. This shipping solution is also the most common way to transport a bike.

Crated Transport.

This method involves putting your bike in a wooden crate, securing it to a pallet and loading it onto a truck. Keep in mind that created transport requires some preparation. You must drain all fluids and in some cases, you may have to remove the mirrors and handlebars.

Joe Webster

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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