We love the village of Wilmette majorly because it offers a wide variety of cultural events for the residents and tourists alike. Take only a one month’s visit to the village and you will find yourself immersed in literary events, theatres, visual arts, music and dance ̶ all thanks to the proud sponsors of the village, the Fine Arts Commission. To make things better, A-1 Auto Transport is here to offer motorcycle shipping services at competitive rates to Wilmette residents. We are very knowledgeable on all shipping protocols, rules and regulations regarding motorcycle shipping in Wilmette.
Different methods we can use to ship your motorcycle
- Open-air Transport
If you would prefer the driver to have an eye on your motorbike while it is in transit, then this is the best method for you. We will ensure that the motorbike is safely loaded and secured on the shipping track before we start moving.
- Enclosed Transport
This method is best suited for transporting luxury motorbikes that need extra protection. The driver, however, won’t be able to monitor the condition of the motorbike while he is driving but will make random stopovers to check on it.
- Door to door transport
The door to door transport is convenient if you would like control over when and where the collection and delivery of your motorcycle will be. Despite the fact that the pick-up and drop-off points don’t have to be exactly at your door, you may choose another place that is pretty close to your residential address.
- Terminal to terminal transport
This transportation method allows you to pick out a specific location and a convenient date and time for picking your motorbike. However, many terminals will charge you an extra fee for using their storage facilities.
- Crated Transport
Your motorbike will be loaded into a robust plywood crate and then lifted with a forklift onto the shipping truck. We offer three sizes for motorcycle shipping crates which are, the Economy /single-use, standard re-usable quick crates and XL reusable quick crates.
How to prepare your motorcycle for shipping
You can't load the motorcycle on the trailer as it is. The motorcycle, being small, can be thrown around the container and that can get chaotic especially if the flammable fluids start leaking. That is why you need to do the following before shipping.
- Internal crate protection
If you are providing your own crate, you need to ensure that the bike is stable and secure by putting in extra padding and fastening it with strong straps. Tie-downs are a better option as they keep the bike secured at the floor of the crate and they provide the necessary tension required during shipment. You could also go for a cheaper option by using your padded blankets at home to provide body protection from rubbing and vibrations.
- Drain the fluids
Motorbikes carry multiple fluids that are flammable. You need to drain them all out before shipping the motorcycle.
- Personal insurance
Do not forget to take out a policy for any damages that may occur to the motorcycle while it is being shipped. Additionally, as a smart precaution, take immediate photographs of the motorbike before shipping to ensure that you can follow through on the insurance claim.
What to look for in a motorcycle shipping company
Ensure that the shipping company you go for won't add an extra charge that wasn’t included in the contract.
- Industrial standards
Ensure that the shipping company meets the standards required for interstate and overseas shipping. Every shipping company should have an operating license from the Department of Transportation (DOT).
- Driveaway service
This is a unique service given to customers who don’t want their motorcycles being shipped in a truck. One of the shipping company’s employees can pick up your motorbike and drop it off at the delivery point.
- Safety Records
Ensure that the shipping company lists all their safety certifications on their website. Check if they are valid or falsified documents.
Why you should use A-1 Auto Transport for your motorcycle shipping needs
A-1 Auto Transport is qualified and professional enough to get you through the following situations:
- Shipping your motorbike to college
- Moving your motorbike out of state/city/village
- Out of state motorbike sales/purchases (eBay/Amazon)
- Auction motorcycle relocation
- Seasonal/Temporary relocations
- Transporting antique or inoperative motorbikes
- Office/corporate motorcycle relocation
Our Wilmette motorcycle shipping services
- Door to door moving
- long distance moving
- State to state moving
- Packing and unpacking of your motorbike
- Insurance coverage
- International motorcycle shipping
Looking for the perfect motorcycle shipping company in Wilmette? Look no further than A-1 Auto Transport. Call us at 1-800-452-2880 or visit our site and get an online quote.
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.