shipping a motorcycle on Alaska Air

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by NorthernBoxer, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. NorthernBoxer

    NorthernBoxer Fükengrüven

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    Has anyone here shipped an un-crated motorcycle on Alaska Air Cargo to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Seattle</st1:place></st1:City> (or anywhere else for that mater)?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    How did it work? Was it as simple as riding up to the Cargo office and handing them the keys and then picking the bike up at the Seattle Cargo office and riding off?<o:p></o:p>
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    Other than that, does anyone have suggestions on best/cheapest way to ship a motorcycle to <st1:City w:st="on">Seattle</st1:City> or <st1:City w:st="on">Portland</st1:City> and then back up to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Anchorage</st1:City></st1:place> a month later?<o:p></o:p>
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    Thanks for your help and advice. :bow :thumb <o:p></o:p>
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  2. legion

    legion Voodoo Science

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    Rumor is that Alaska Airlines used to have a cheap roll on roll off rate to Seattle for bikes. From what I've heard it's not the case anymore.

    My company ships an easy 100 trailerloads of mat'l up here a season and over the last couple three decades I've had the chance to deal w/ most of the freight forwarders. PAF is normally not low but they normally don't damage your stuff either. That said, I'd probably call 'em all and plan on getting a crate to put it in.

    Three major water carriers are:

    American Fast Freight (AFF)

    Pacific Alaska Freightways (PAF)

    Span Alaska Consolidators (Span)

    Another option is Danzas. Pete Deren at Danzas has a lot of experience in both air and surface freight and would definitely be worth a call. I haven't tt him in a while myself but I think GCraft might have his contact number.
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  3. Phish

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    They only have freighter service south as far as seattle, they ship a lot of bikes. You just have to make sure the tank is empty. I think it is about $.60 per lb to Seattle. Yep, just pick it up in Seattle and ride it out of the warehouse.

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  4. Phish

    Phish Fishbone

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    Alaska Air still ships bikes, they prefer if they are crated or on a skid but will ship if not.
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  5. legion

    legion Voodoo Science

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    Interesting. I've worked mostly w/ the water carriers and thought that a previous poster asking this question had been shot down when he tried it. Might be that he tried to interlink w/ another flight or carrier.
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  6. Phish

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    The problem with shipping on Alaska is that the container service is only within the state and to Seattle southbound. so it works good for a one way to Prudhoe Bay or Seattle but not beyond.
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  7. HYLYNDYR

    HYLYNDYR naewittyshitepostedere

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    I just researched this in the opposite direction, SF Bay area to Anchorage.
    Alaska Air still does this, but you need to become an " approved " shipper to ship on any airline. You request and fill out a form, and attach a phone or electric bill, and mail them both back. They send someone to visit you home address ($55 fee) and then your approved to ship after another couple weeks. It's about a two month process.
    In fact the site visit just happened tonight at my place so I should be approved pretty soon ! :D
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  8. legion

    legion Voodoo Science

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    That's pretty common w/ all carriers since 9/11. Would be very interested in hearing how that goes for you shipping to AK via Alaska Airlines in a roll on / roll off. Crated would be another matter. Good luck and please post back how it goes.
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  9. HYLYNDYR

    HYLYNDYR naewittyshitepostedere

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    I'll keep updating as I get more info and the plan is nailed down with details.
    My rough plan is fly to Ak in July, tour solo for three weeks and end up at the FJR National meet in Colorado....on my Wee....that'll piss a few guys I know off !:D
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  10. helikron

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    Anything you need on this end, let me know a few days early, NB. I'll race your cousin to the dock! :ricky [I can garage your ride, and pick you up at the airport if the timing is right, too.]

    Seriously, I'll help any way I'm able. Your last ride report was awesome, and I can only imagine what your plans are for this ride!
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  11. NorthernBoxer

    NorthernBoxer Fükengrüven

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    wow, thanks Burke! that's really nice of you, I might have to take you up on that, depending on what I can work out with shipping on AK air. :thumb

    seems like there's some conflicting info here about that, so I guess I'll have to run the test and let you all know what happens...



    Plans are tentative right now but I have a month off from the 20th of April to the 20th of May :ksteve :D and I will say one word...

    Moab!
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  12. Kul Mom

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    Hi, Heli!

    Whaz up? The /6 is currently at Mick's for some TLC. Mom and I dropped it off during Spring Break. Haven't heard from him yet. The plan is to add a sidecar at some point. I'll be down to pick it up on the 10th of May. Maybe we can grab some lunch? It doesn't look like Scott and I will be able to ride together on his adventure this year. He will be ending his trip as I start mine.:(: We will coincide in Seattle for Jody's graduation from law school on the 17th of May. But he will be on his way home and I don't leave for AK until the 23rd.

    -KM
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  13. The Butcher

    The Butcher spaghetti bender

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    Shipped my Tiger from ANC to Seattle via Alaska Air cargo last fall. Just rode it right up the ramp into the hangar, filled out the paperwork:deal (about $340 if I remember right), and left it there. They strap it in an igloo container and ship it. When I got to Seattle I just went to thier cargo terminal and picked it up and rode away. The only problem i had was that the windscreen trim got tore off somewhere along the way (didn't notice it until I was almost to Oregon. They tied it around the handlebar clamp). So my advice, if you go that route, is to thoroughly check out the bike before you ship it and even more thoroughly before you take final delivery. Also, if you are not a "prefered shipper"( or something to that effect ), it ships on a room available basis. Usually not a problem though, but give yourself a little leeway. Oh yeah, and make sure the tank is almost empty.
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  14. helikron

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    Your pics always rock, and the Moab ride report will be much-anticipated!

    :raabia Them brainz seem ta run powerful in yer fambly, huh.


    See you here for some dang fine Argentinian grub?
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  15. Advdave

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    May or may not work for you, but Alaska Marine Lines will ship your bike to SE Alaska from Seattle; so you could ship to Haines and ride a beautiful hwy to Anc or Fbks.
    Of course, you have to fly to Juneau, then to Haines, but it's doable and the road out of Haines is spectacular if you don't have a DUI preventing you from crossing the border.

    AML will put your bike on a steel pallet, you need to supply 4 rachet straps. They are great to work with.

    Dave

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  16. NorthernBoxer

    NorthernBoxer Fükengrüven

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    Thanks Dave, good to know for the future :thumb

    ...but the reason I'm shipping the bike to Seattle and back to Anchorage is to take the most advantage of the time I have off from work and I've been over Chilkat pass twice in the past two years.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=311613 :deal

    This year, I'm going to try and spend as much time as I can in Southern Utah! wooo hoooo!!! Plans are firming up and I already have my air tickets :wings

    :bow to y'all for the help :thumb
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  17. NorthernBoxer

    NorthernBoxer Fükengrüven

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    Just dropped the bike off at AK air cargo. They do ship un-crated bikes but the tank has to be empty, so I had to drain it into a gas can before I handed it over. I'm not a known shipper so they will put it on the freighter on an available space basis. It has three chances to get on the bus to be in Seattle next Saturday when I want to pick it up; and the guy I was dealing with seemed to think it would get on this evening's flight. But here's the rub...

    The rate of $0.61 a pound is a crock of shit. My bike weighed in at 336 lbs. but I was charged for it's dimensional weight of 772 lbs... :eek1 and just when they had me bent over the counter, they tacked on a $108.08 MYC charge AND a $50 RAC charge... you do the math :eek2 :viking :baldy

    So yeah, not exactly a cheap roll on roll off rate... you were right Legion.

    anyway, despite being screwed by AK airlines, I'm excited that my adventure is about to begin. I'm rolling to Salt Lake City and then down to Moab to ride the canyons! Look for my ride report in the future :slurp

    P.S. thanks Barb for getting the helmet shipped here in time, I love it!
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  18. legion

    legion Voodoo Science

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    $629 ! Shit FIRE! Toss your own butt in the mix and you're looking at a grand one way. I'd say if you short the stew pot a can of soup or a tater now and again on this trip... we'll understand ! The airline ate it before you got there.

    Cubing volume has been pretty common in the air freight business for decades but for some reason none of the stories I had heard about the old roll on / roll off rates were for anything other than straight weight.

    Bummer to hear, Boxer. If you want a hand figuring out how to get it back up w/out getting cornholed in the process just say the word and we'll check into less painful options. :thumb
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  19. NorthernBoxer

    NorthernBoxer Fükengrüven

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    I would love to hear about some less painful options. thanks Legion! the good thing about shipping back up is I don't NEED it here on any particular date. But with the price I paid, I will just say that it better be there in Seattle when I want it on Saturday. :bluduh
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  20. vegasphotog

    vegasphotog Las Vegas Cheechako

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    Moab is AWESOME....but, we got some great riding down here in the greater Vegas/Lake Mead area also....so, give me shout if you head further south....

    You probably researched this but the best, affordable, nekkid chicks campground is the state park area just south of the town of moab heading towards the slickrock trail. But, there is plenty o' free camping around Canyonlands and Dead Horse. Hope you get down along the White Rim trail.....mind blowing.

    Also, plenty of pay/per/showers in Moab as they are used to lots of desert rats just needing to hose the dirt off their bodies.

    You should get some awesome pix.
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