Motorcycle Shipping Cost Calculator & Cost Factors
There are several ways you can get a cost estimate for shipping a bike, some of them easier than others. You can email or call up a company that ships motorcycles and ask them what sort of rate you can get for a specific shipment, visit their office in person to discuss it, or use an online cost calculator to determine what you’ll pay. If you have specific questions you need answered, whether related to pricing or available services, it’s good to speak to someone in person before getting an estimate. However, if you have a good idea of what you need and simply want to quickly and easily get a price quote, there’s no better option than using a cost calculator. If you’re unsure of what information you’ll need to get a cost estimate, we cover that in the second section of this article.
Part of the appeal of using a motorcycle cost calculator is that it allows you to spend very little time getting an estimate, which you can then compare to other estimates from competing companies. You just enter your information, get a price and move on to the next option to see how they stack up. This is a good practice in general since prices can vary between bike haulers and you’ll want to spend a little time searching for the best service at the cheapest price.
As for the information you’ll need to get a price quote, it’s fairly straightforward. It’s generally a good idea to get at least three to five estimates before deciding on which one to take since the prices can fluctuate between different shippers. Some companies may also offer shipping discounts that you can take advantage of to help lower your overall cost. For the vast majority of motorcycle shippers, you’ll need this information to get an accurate estimate:
- Point of Origin - Where does the bike need to be picked up from? It helps to specify if this is a business, residence, or port.
- Destination - Where does the bike need to end up? Again, specifics regarding destination location are helpful.
- Type of Bike - Style, make, and model is a good jumping-off point.
- Type of Carrier - Do you want your motorcycle transported in an open carrier? This is the most cost-efficient option and the most widely used. Would you prefer your motorcycle to be better protected in a closed container? This option is more expensive because a closed container takes up more space and weighs more, but is a safer transport option.
Motorcycle Shipping Resources
Cost of Shipping A Motorcycle - Dive into the actual cost of shipping a motorcycle, including what contributes to the price and same dollar figures for recent shipments to help you ballpark expected costs.
Domestic Motorcycle Shipping - This is a great resource if you’re shipping a bike in the United States that also has prices for shipments to and from specific locations around the country.
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.