Motorcycle shipping is a very delicate process that not many people have the proper tools to execute properly. Trying to transport a bike out of Passaic without the knowledge, tools or experience can end up costing more than a typical fee a professional service would charge.
There are various shipping options a transportation company offers their customers.
Motorcycle Transportation Options.
- Open Air Shipping - Most uncrated motorcycle shipping methods have specially designed trailers that have tracks in the floor that the bikes wheels fit into. The front end and rear end of the bike are secured by using soft fastening straps.
- Pallet Shipping - This method of transport is where the motorcycle is mounted onto a pallet and secured using soft fastening straps on the front and rear of the bike. It is then placed in a large cargo container.
- Container Shipping - This is the most cost effective method to transport a motorcycle. However, it can be slightly inopportune for customers because they will have to meet the shipper at the origin terminal and pick it up at the destination terminal after delivery.
- Crated Shipping - Some shipping companies allow the customer to use their own crate for shipping. Sometimes, the shipping company will require their customers to remove handlebars and mirrors, drain fluids and disconnect the battery for crated delivery.
Preparing the Motorcycle for Its Travels.
To gain some peace of mind, the customer should do a thorough inspection of their bike and document any damages. By doing this, the customer can have full knowledge about what kind of condition their bike is in prior to taking off towards its new home. On the day the shipper arrives, they will conduct their own inspection of the motorcycle as well to avoid a discrepancy. Check the fluids, tire pressure and battery and make sure that if the bike is equipped with an alarm system that it is turned off so it doesn’t go off while it is being transported.
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.