Shipping via Rail and Other Shipping Services Explained
Shipping a motorcycle by train is a common way to get a vehicle from one place to another. Due to its low cost, many more people are starting to ship their vehicles by rail.
If you have a motorcycle and want to have it shipped by rail, get in touch with a professional transport company to discuss your options and receive a quote.
Preparing yourself before contacting a professional is always a smart move. Make sure to do some research on the company before hiring them. Do some research on motorcycle shipping in general and write down your findings. If you have questions, write those down as well and have them ready before you make a call.
Methods Used to Transport Motorcycles
Open Air Transport- This is the least expensive way to ship a motorcycle. After your motorcycle is inspected, it will be loaded onto an open carrier. Open air transport will leave your motorcycle exposed to outside weather conditions. Make sure to have any leaks repaired before the scheduled ship date.
Enclosed Transport- This is known for being the most expensive way to ship a motorcycle, but it is also the safest. Using this method ensures that your motorcycle will be protected against the elements and theft. After your bike is loaded onto the carrier, it will be secured and transported to its destination.
Crated Transport- This method involves securing your bike to a pallet and putting it onto a carrier in a crate. This option typically requires extra preparation. Drain all of the fluids, disconnect the battery and remove mirrors and handlebars.
Preparing Your Bike for Transport
- Remove loose hanging objects.
- Make sure the gas reading is no higher than ¼ of a tank of gas.
- Document the condition of your bike.
- Wash off any dirt, dust, and deposits.
- Disable the alarm system if it is equipped with one.
- Check tire pressure, fluids, and battery.
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.