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What is the Motorcycle Shipping Rates?

If you are planning to ship a motorcycle locally, nationally, or internationally, the first thing you do is request quotes from different shipping companies. But do you know how these companies arrive at these rates? Are you wondering why some quotes are so high while others are so low? Well, in this article we try to explain the different factors and services that are used to determine motor cycle shipping rates.

Distance

Distance is by far the main factor that affects the shipping rates. In fact, it is the first thing the shipper is interested in. Needless to say, the longer the distance between the origin and destination of the motorcycle - the more you pay.

Origin and destination

The first question auto shippers ask is the location of the motorcycle and its destination. This question is not solely for the purpose of calculating distance. The company uses this information to determine if they have such a shipping route. If the location or destination of the motorcycle is not a popular destination, the shipping rates will be higher. This is because the shipper will stray too much from the normal route, and probably just to pick or drop one motorcycle.

Is the destination, out of the country? International motorcycle shipping obviously costs more. Long distances, which may involve transport by sea or air, are involved. The customs regulations to be observed also complicate the process further, making the shipping costlier.

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Shipping seasons

Like any other business, motorcycle shipping has seasons. Generally, motorcycle shipping rates are higher in the onset of summer. During this time, more people are requesting the service to go and enjoy the hot summer in the southern states. Shipping a motorcycle during the winter season is also not necessarily cheap. Driving trucks in the northern states which are hilly and have harsh winters often involving snowfall is not easy.

In Sturgis, South Dakota, there is an annual bike rally that lasts a week. Motorcycle shipping to South Dakota few weeks before the event is in high demand. Therefore, the prices of shipping tend to hike making it a not-so-good time to ship motorcycles for those who are budget-conscious.

Size of motorcycle

Generally, motorcycles occupy a small space on the transport trucks. That makes them way cheaper to transport compared to cars. However, they do vary a lot in size and weight, which affects the shipping price. The larger and heavier the motorcycle - the costlier it is to transport.

Make and model

There are many types of motorbikes. Each type has different demands when it comes to transport. For instance, a sports bike requires special attention during loading compared to a standard motorcycle. Generally high-end and luxury motorcycles, which also tend to be bigger, cost more to ship because they require special attention and specialized loading equipment.

Operability

Shipping companies transport both operable and non-operable motorcycles. Shipping a non-operable motorcycle is more expensive. This is because more labor is required during loading and unloading.

Method of transport

There are three shipping methods when it comes to motorcycle transport;

  • Open-air transport – The motorcycle is loaded onto an open truck and transported to its destination. This method exposes the motorcycle to the wind, the sun, rain, and road debris. This method is only convenient when shipping over a short distance or if the motorcycle is not exactly valuable.
  • Enclosed transport – The motorcycle is loaded onto an enclosed truck. This method is much safer as it protects the bike from harsh weather conditions and potential theft because one cannot easily make out the content of the enclosed truck. This method is convenient when transporting motorcycles over a long distance or when transporting valuable motorcycles.
  • Crated transport – The motorcycle is loaded into a crate made of plywood. In there, the bike is protected from external weather conditions and damage as long as the crate is not compromised. Another advantage here is that you can transport other items such as bike gear and bike accessories in the crate.

Delivery and pick-up method

The delivery and pick-up method also influence motorcycle shipping rates. The door to door option is convenient but expensive. The cheaper options include terminal to door and door to terminal. The cheapest option is terminal to terminal. The options involving delivery to a terminal are cheap but consider that if you are not available to pick up your motorcycle when it arrives at the terminal you may incur storage fees.

The factors outlined above affect our motorcycle shipping rates. When you request a quote from us, we always ask that you be as detailed as possible when giving information that could potentially affect the rates. That is the only way to get an accurate quote and reduce the probability of unforeseen charges. Get in touch with us today to get started.


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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.

Email me - info@a1autotransport.com


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It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
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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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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.
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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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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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