Niles is a small village in Illinois centred along Milwaukee Avenue. A notable landmark and prime example of outstanding architecture in the area is the Leaning Tower of Niles which is half of the real wonder of the world. With two major highways passing through Niles, US Highways and Illinois Highways, transporting motorbikes to and from this village couldn’t get any easier. What’s more is that a reputable company like A-1 Auto Transport specializes in motorcycle shipping and serves the area of Niles.
Different methods we can use to ship your motorcycle
- Door to door
When we use this method, you must ensure that you give us the motorbike when it’s in a manoeuvrable condition. The fork lock must also be in a position to make it possible for our company driver to move the motorbikes on and off the truck.
- Terminal to terminal transport
The customer will take their motorbike to the dock (terminal) and secure it in a metal or wooden container. Using your own tie down straps, ensure that the motorbike is tightly fastened in the wooden container to prevent damage from vibration.
- Open-air transport
Open-air transport is the cheapest shipping method we offer where your motorbike is secured on the back of a flatbed trailer.
- Enclosed transport
For international deliveries and long-distance shipping, we offer enclosed transport where the motorbike is tucked safely in a wooden or metal container then loaded in a truck for shipping.
- Crated Transport
The motorbike is rolled into a wooden crate and secured with soft tie-down straps. The crated motorbikes are then placed on a lift gate for loading onto a shipping vehicle.
How to prepare your motorcycle for shipping
Just as in the case of shipping a car, shipping a motorcycle requires prior preparation to ensure everything goes as planned. Consider doing the following:
- Have a clean motorcycle
Remove all grime and mud particles from the motorbike. This is an important step as the shipping company will require you to complete an initial condition report.
Thoroughly check the tires for any punctures, loose spokes or bolts. Then go through the entire motorbike looking for paint chips, scratches or other cosmetic damages.
Ensure that the motorbike is in excellent working condition before handing it over to the shipping company.
For future reference, you need to have a record of the condition of the motorbike before it was shipped off.
Since you know your bike better than anyone else, make a list of steps that should be followed through by the divers when picking up your motorcycle.
What to look for in a motorcycle shipping company
Choosing a reputable shipping company can be a hard a task. However, we have made the process quite easy for you. Simply follow through the following:
Always ask for at least three shipping quotes. You can get them online or via phoning the shipping company. Discard the shipping companies that quote prices that are way lower than other companies.
If a shipping company has been around the industry for a long period of time, it deserves the title of a reputable shipping company. In addition, you are more likely to get after sale services and insurance coverage from such companies.
Motorcycles need special handling equipment. We are talking about a specialized skid with soft ties to effectively strap down the motorbike. They also require wooden or metal plates with extra padding to prevent damage in case of an impact. Go for companies that have the right equipment for the job.
- Shipping method
Don’t dwell so much on the price as you will get what you pay for. As a bike enthusiast, inquire on how they plan on transporting your most prized possession and if possible, always insist on enclosed transport.
Why you should use A-1 Auto Transport for your motorcycle shipping needs
It may seem like a lot of trouble shipping your motorbike while you can ride it. Well, you will be avoiding a lot of road hazards and stress by choosing us as your shipping company. And the best part is we can handle the motorbike for you as you have a fun road trip with your family or friends to the new destination. We promise our customers safe and on time shipping, competitive rates, nationwide and overseas shipping as well as superb customer service.
Our Niles motorcycle shipping services
We offer the following motorbike shipping services in Niles:
- Door to door moving
- State to state shipping
- long distance moving
- Packing and unpacking of your motorbike
- Insurance coverage
- International motorcycle shipping
Visit our site and start your motorbike shipment with us. Talk to one of our customer service agents and get a rundown on our services and prices.
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.