West Chicago is lauded for being a major transportation hub. The city is the home to the DuPage Airport and headquarters of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Aviation Central Region. However, any West Chicago resident planning to transport their motorcycle, when moving to a new location or after winning the motorbike from an out of state auction, may find the process quite expensive and tedious. The easiest way to go is to hire a professional moving company like A-1 Auto Transport to ensure your motorbike is delivered in its exact condition without being damaged.
Different methods we can use to ship your motorcycle
Domestic Motorcycle shipping
- Open-air transport
We will ship your motorcycle in an open truck and tightly adjust it on a flatbed so that it doesn’t lean or fall off.
- Enclosed transport
We ship your motorcycle in an enclosed auto trailer for maximum security.
- Door to door transport
This method is best used for luxury motorbikes that need special handling from the point where they are bought to the point where they are received by the buyer.
- Terminal to terminal transport
You will choose a convenient terminal, could be DuPage airport, where you will collect or leave your motorbike for shipment.
- Crated transport
For inoperative bikes or special bikes, we opt for crated transport.
International Motorcycle shipping
- RORO (roll-on roll-off)
For overseas shipping, we use RORO method where the motorbike is ridden onto the ship and secured with an in-built mechanism or skids and tie downs.
We stabilize the motorbike with straps and tie-downs to make sure that it is immobile throughout the course of the journey.
- Port to port
We ship your motorcycle from one port to another one but you would be required to pick it up at the destination port.
How to prepare your motorcycle for shipping
- Clean the motorbike
A dirty motorbike reduces your ability to perform a quality inspection. A basic water wash is fine. No need for a thorough wash with soap and brushes.
- Make the disconnections
Ensure that the battery and all the alarm systems are disabled, disconnected or turned off.
- General condition
Ensure that the brakes are in good working condition and there are no fluid leaks.
What to look for in a motorcycle shipping company
- Number of carriers they have
The shipping company needs to have enough carriers to cover the entire USA territory. That is the only way they can guarantee that you will get quick service delivery to all areas and at a reasonable rate.
- Ensure that they are licensed and insured transporters
Motorcycle shipping companies are required by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to have an operating license thereunder. Any company you go for should readily provide you with a copy of their operating authority or at least post them on their website.
Go to a company that specializes in motorcycle handling. Their history should also prove it. If they only deal in one motorcycle brand, say, Harley Davidson, then they may not know how to handle your BMW with its unique design that might make it a bit more complicated to transport. A motorbike is a fragile piece of item and only trained personnel would know how to move it without causing any damage.
- Select a mover with the proper equipment to move your motorcycle
Many shipping companies will give you an instant quote but will they specify the method they will use to ship your motorbike? A good company will use special tie-downs or straps to fasten your motorcycle and not just the standard E-track straps that may come off during a long journey.
Why you should use A-1 Auto Transport for your motorcycle shipping needs
We share in your passion for mind-blowing machines, with motorbikes topping that list. We therefore understand the intricacies involved in the shipping and handling of any type of motorbike. In addition, as a pioneer in the USA motorcycle shipping industry, we have a perfect blend of industry experts and the latest technology that makes up our large fleet network that covers all 50 states of the USA. We are also licensed and bonded to ensure that our customers get exceptional services and quality work in terms of safety and unmatched on-time deliveries.
Our West Chicago motorcycle shipping services
- Door to door shipping
- State to state shipping
- Long distance shipping
- Packing and unpacking services
- Insurance coverage
- International motorcycle shipping
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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.