Motorcycle Shipping

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Ofanoanit, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. Ofanoanit

    Ofanoanit Adventurer

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    I'm sure there is a thread somewhere on this forum, but couldn't find it, so perhaps folks can help me out.

    I'm going on a trip cross country this summer, but once I get to the East Coast and spend time with family, I've got to get back to work. Hence, I'd like to ship my bike back to New Mexico and fly myself back.

    Any words of wisdom as to reliable motorcycle shipping companies, what a reasonable price is for an F650GS and general tips to make it successful and my bike safely back to NM in a reasonable amount of time (need to continue using it back home!).

    Ofanoanit
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  2. therealbatman

    therealbatman "Godfather"

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    I have had good luck with haulbikes.com
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    Dcc46 Been here awhile

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    a2ronm Been here awhile

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  5. Ofanoanit

    Ofanoanit Adventurer

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    thanks for the feedback. Will be giving ForwardAir a call and have put in for bids on UShip. Took a look at Haulbikes, but seemed like it would take too long to get my bike back - don't mind being without for a week or 2, but 6-8 weeks seems a bit much.

    Let you know.
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  6. maveriks

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    Not sure if it's already too late a tip for your trip - hope it helps others...

    I've used Allied transport to ship mine from Dallas to Philadelphia..took about 2 weeks to get here and in pristine condition..
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  7. Gunslinger1

    Gunslinger1 GIVE'R

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  8. novamandan

    novamandan Danny B

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    + 1 on Uship....
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  9. khale

    khale ride dirty

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    I was wondering the same thing recently. I'm going to the arctic circle next year from the East coast and may need to ship my GS home from Fairbanks, Alaska. Has anyone shipped home from Fairbanks? Cost?
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  10. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

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    have you placed a bid? if you don't mind, what is the entire expense shipping from East Coast to The West? $500? $1,000? more?
    I had the same debates not long ago and ended up riding my bike back and forth across the country.
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  11. TFuse

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    I've used Federal to ship my bikes cross country 3 times and they were great. Not always the cheapest, but the bikes are always safe and sound. At the end of my trips, I've left the bikes with a dealer for an oil change, etc, flown home and had federal pick up from there. They pallet the bike and ship it, and I pick it up at the local depot, and ride it off the palet. I wouldn't use anyone else.
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  12. SpeedoJosh

    SpeedoJosh Been here awhile

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    I put an ad on CL when I was looking to get a bike shipped. Had a lot of response from people making the drive with truck bed space, or extra trailer space just looking for extra gas money. Or, a got a few calls from the drivers of the trucks that are subcontracted by companies on those shipping websites. Since I was bypassing the whole website and contractors, it was discounted quite a bit. I shipped a Jeep the same way.
    Ended up getting my bike from Co to NC for $200 in an enclosed trailer. :freaky
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  13. cinco

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  14. freefallen

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    Wow! that's smart way to do it. thanks for an idea!
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  15. cardoctor1

    cardoctor1 Been here awhile

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    thinking of going the opposite direction in 2013 ship to fairbanks and drive home
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  16. cybrdyke

    cybrdyke In the Dark

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    -100 on U-ship.com . What a friggin' nightmare. Had 2 confirmed takers flake out on me and left me scrambling to find a last minute hauler. Then a buttload of hassle to get my deposit back. Never again.

    I just did this both ways. Here's a little insight: First thing you'll learn is that no trucking company will want to take your bike to Alaska thru Canada. There's two border crossings, one into Canada and then one back into Alaska. This is a paperwork nightmare and they just wont do it. What they will do is take your bike to Seattle area via truck and then put it on a barge to Anchorage. This means that you pay for the truck to Seattle and then you pay for the barge ride. If you dont have a crate, then you will pay someone to have it crated in Seattle. If you have to have it in Fairbanks, you'll have to pay to have it hauled from Anchorage to Fairbanks.
    To get it back to the lower 48 from Alaska, reverse of the above.
    Shipping to and from Alaska was one of the most difficult, aggravating and expensive endeavors I've had. Without alot of help from Joanie at Classic Motion in Anchorage, I would have missed my trip. In hindsight, I wouldn't do it again. Without question, I would buy a bike via Craigs list or ebay and then re-sell it when I leave. Much easier, cheaper and cleaner than shipping to Alaska.
    I'll say this....whatever you decide to do, you're gonna love Alaska.
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  17. fudgypup

    fudgypup Banned

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    I spoke with another inmate, Connor, who did an AK trip. He rode to Bellingham, WA then boarded a 3 day ferry to AK then got on the bike and rode up to Deadhorse and back.

    I'd look to do the same thing but would prefer to ship the bike from my home in SoCal to Bellingham and back. I'll check out these various shippers and report back. My trip isn't until July 2012 though.
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  18. eSTes1300

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    By the time you get done messing around, renting from EagleRider may be better. Layer in wear and tear and it comes out almost even. Plus, you get to ride a NEW and different bike that you may have an interest in. Eagle is all over the West, I see riders from around the world on their bikes. Price it, it may be a better choice for you. I have nothing to do with Eagle.
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  19. freefallen

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    I need to rent a bike in Page, AZ. I checked with Eagle - they don't have it there. Turned out, Page doesn't have any motorcycle rentals. Does anybody know otherwise?
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  20. ixab

    ixab just Aaron, really

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    Small Alaska Trip hijack: I live in Bellingham. If anyone is considering shipping to here, and needs someone to handle things, I could help. My neighbors would love having trucks pulling up to drop off motorcycles at my house, and inmates camping in my yard. :freaky

    There's a small airport here, or you can fly in and out of Seattle, which is about 90 miles away. A shuttle or car ride between Bham and Seattle is about 1/2 the price of the flight, so it's usually worth the extra bucks to just fly here.

    You could also ship in and out of Seattle, and just drive the 90miles up to the ferry. I know Forward AIR has a location near SEA-TAC, or maybe just rent from there if you're in that camp.

    The only dealership in town is Mt.Baker motor sports (Kawi, Slowzuki, KTM). They might also be willing to help someone with shipping pickup and drop off.
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