You are relocating to a new location and you do not want to leave your favorite motorcycle behind. Then shipping motorcycle is the best mode of transportation that you can seriously consider for relocating your motorcycle. There are different factors related to it and you will be getting to know these aspects hereby:
Why Do You Require Shipping?
In case you do not know the positive aspects of shipping and only considering it from the cost point of view then this is the first question that will come to your mind. So I need to say that, you can obviously transport your motorcycle all by yourself.
But then you need to consider the amount of fuel that you will need to buy. If the distance between the two places is a few hundred miles then your cost will increase even more. Adding to that you will require spending on food and lodging.
And on top of that you will add a few thousand miles to your motorcycle unnecessarily. Thus you will find that relocating your motorcycle all by yourself will cost you even more!
Finding a Suitable Shipping Company
This is probably the most important factor involving shipping motorcycle. The amount that you need to pay, the time required to complete the delivery and the condition in which your motorcycle is going to arrive, are all depending on the shipping company. So you must first check whether the company has the following aspects before moving on with the deal.
Visit the company’s website. A reputable and professional company will have everything posted in their website. That would include their services, rates, destinations covered, timeline for shipping among other aspects.
The transport companies are required to have proper license under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration which is also known as the Federal Highway Administration. You must check that they have proper operating authority.
Move ahead with the agreement only if you see that the company specializes in shipping motorcycle. You will find many companies that promote themselves as a specialist in shipping, but make sure that they are also specialized in the motorcycles department too. Best way to figure that out is by knowing about their history of transportation and by reading customer testimonials.
Shipping a car is a lot different than shipping a motorcycle. Motorcycles are much more fragile are require much more attention and dedication while moving. Thus for moving motorcycles, specially trained personnel and advanced equipments are required. So if the transporter is specialized in shipping motorcycles, they would surely put up the pictures of the equipments and how they move motorcycles available on their website.
If you have any queries regarding how your motorcycle is going to be transported, whether in a closed or air ride truck, or will be transported safely and securely or not, or any other questions you should always ask the shipping company. And if you see that they can answer very easily and can meet all your demands and requirements then you can be certain that the company is fit for the shipping process.
A Few tips
Here are a few tips that would help you in figuring the perfect shipping procedure
- Always opt for enclosed trucks. This is because open head trucks can cause damage due to wind and other factors. It can cause a few scratches and cracks the color, tires, suspension can also be damaged.
- To properly load a motorcycle into a truck, the truck needs to have big lift gate at the back of the truck. Generally small companies do not have these equipments and thus your motorcycle may get damaged. So it’s better to choose a well known professional company.
- A company well known for shipping motorcycles generally delivers within 14-28 days depending on distance. And you can find out the location of your motorcycle anytime in that period.