Move Your Motorcycles with uShip
When you need to ship your motorcycle, you want the best transporter at the best price and we can help you do just that. Whether you bought a new bike on the other side of the country, or you're trying to get a little closer to Sturgis, we are here for you. uShip will help you figure out how to safely 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 quotes for your review. You’re able to talk to them and review their transport history, safety records and customer-rated feedback as multiple carriers compete for your work. This ensures you get the best motorcycle shipping rate.
How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Motorcycle?
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.
What Makes up the Cost of Shipping a Motorcycle?
From the size and functionality of the motorbike, to the season, and the distance in between; many factors are taken into consideration for your motorcycle shipping quotes. Each motorcycle has different weight and dimensions. In order to safely move a motorcycle, transporters will prepare to haul your bike. Smaller bikes can be crated for transport, while larger motorcycles may need tie downs to secure it. Seasonality and location for pick up and delivery play a part in shipping quotes, as well. Shipping from one major city to another is easier to accommodate than rural towns. Winter is a tough season for transporters as well, especially in snowy climates. The biggest affect on motorcycle shipping costs is the distance. The farther you need your bike moved, the more fuel and wear and tear on the truck. Shipping a motorcycle within your state costs less than shipping a bike across the country, which costs less than international motorcycle shipping.
Prepare Your Motorcycle for Transport
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 competing 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:
- 1. Inflate tires
- 2. Charge the battery
- 3. Fill gas tank to ¼ or ½ full
- 4. Check and fix all fluid leaks