When you need to ship your motorcycle, you want the best transporter at the best price and we can help you do just that. uShip will help you figure out how to ship a motorcycle, help you get rates from reliable transporters and give you tips on preparing your bike for its journey. If you take a wrong turn, or just need better directions, feel free to contact us directly and we’ll get you on your way to your motorcycle delivery.
uShip’s marketplace makes it easy to find the best motorcycle transport options to meet your needs and your budget. Create a listing with your shipping needs, the make and model of your bike and be as detailed as possible. Once your listing is complete, transporters who specialize in shipping motorcycles will submit bids for your review. You’re able to talk to them and review their transport history, safety records and customer-rated feedback as multiple carriers bid for your work. This ensures you get the best motorcycle shipping rate.
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First, find out your needs and budget for your shipment. Think about timeframe and whether you’d want your motorcycle on an open or enclosed trailer for transport. You’ll see an option when creating your listing of either an open trailer or an enclosed trailer, though most motorcycle moving is done on an enclosed trailer as it’s the safest way to ship a bike. Open trailers provide little protection, but are often able to give you a cheap motorcycle shipping rate.
Once you’ve created your listing, you’ll get quotes from motorcycle shipping companies as they bid for your shipment. As the bids come in, you can ask a question on the bid and talk directly to the carrier. We also encourage you to review their carrier profile.
Each carrier on uShip has their own profile with their transport history, safety records and customer-rated feedback. Check out what kind of trailer they have. Most transporters have pictures of their equipment on their profile so you know what your motorcycle will be transported on. You can see each of their completed shipments and the experiences previous customers had with them. We encourage reviewing these profiles to feel confident in getting safe and reliable motorcycle transport.
Once you have selected your transporter, contact them directly with any additional details, questions or concerns. Set up a meeting place and time for pick up and delivery, and give them any contact information for third parties if applicable. Have payment ready at the agreed upon time. If you run into any issues with your motorcycle shipper, please let us know.
The cost for motorcycle transport varies based on distance of travel and the needs to ensure the safest transport. The average motorcycle shipment costs $350 to $700 and travels over 1000 miles. For shorter shipments, the range is $180 to $300.
For more shipment details, check out our cost to transport a motorcycle index. We have thousands of motorcycle shipments completed through the uShip marketplace for you to review and see a bit more about how we work.
Before your transporter arrive for pick up, there’s a few things to take into consideration. Check your motorcycle for pre-existing damage and document it.
- Write down any mechanical issues or problems.
- Take pictures of your bike from several angles, along with detail shots of existing damage.
- Date all records, and show them to your mover when they arrive
You will most likely not need to drain your gas tank or remove the battery. Your motorcycle does not need to be crated or packaged during the motorcycle transport service. Remove all loose items from your motorcycle. Your motorcycle mover is not responsible for these items, and if accessories are lost or damaged they will not be covered by insurance. Always check with your chosen transporter to see if they have their own insurance or if you should purchase cargo insurance through uShip, and see if they have any specific needs for preparation.
If your motorcycle is not in working condition, detail this in your listing so that bidding transporters will be prepared. Do what you can to fix mechanical problems before the move and write down any special operating instructions. Do the following for motorcycle moving success:
- Inflate tires
- Charge the battery
- Fill gas tank to ¼ or ½ full
- Check and fix all fluid leaks
Motorcycle shipping companies usually operate on a door-to-door basis. However, many residential areas have narrow streets, low-hanging branches, dead ends, restrictions against large trucks, and other obstacles to make pickup or delivery at your front door difficult. If this is the case, the transporter will coordinate with you to meet in a nearby parking lot to safely load or unload your motorcycle.
- Know how to properly prepare your motorcycle for transport.
- Know how to build a detailed listing on uShip
- Know how to research prospective transporters.
- Know your insurance options and how you’re protected.