Shipping Bike Coast-to-Coast

Discussion in 'Americas' started by TylerIsBored, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. TylerIsBored

    TylerIsBored Ooh Rah

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    Hey gents, I used the search bar to see if I could find anything but everything looked to be about international shipping. Have any of you shipped your motorcycle from coast to coast in the US? If so, what type of service did you use and how much was it?
    Obviously, I've googled for help but was curious if there were any hidden tips out there that I wouldn't find through the search engines.

    Thanks for the advice,



    Tyler
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  2. nix046

    nix046 Adventurer

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    Hey there

    I have had quite a bit of experience shipping my bikes coast to coast- both directions.
    By far he best operator I've found is Patriot Express out of the Houston area. It is a family business and the drivers are owner operators. Courteous, reliable and price competive they are so much better than the shady brokers that you will find. Cost is around $475 door to door. Call Betty in their office.
    Regards
    Brent
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  3. TylerIsBored

    TylerIsBored Ooh Rah

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    Sounds like a much better price than what I've been quoted from big companies. Thanks for the advice!
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  4. Lois Browder

    Lois Browder n00b

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    Recently my brother had shipped his motorcycle that he had bought, and it was shipped by We Will Transport It, from coast to coast. He had looked at several companies on the internet, and picked the best auto shipping California by visiting at http://www.wewilltransportit.com/motorcycle-hauling/. He had found that We Will Transport It is one of the best international car shipping California industry all the others were a bit expensive, and also takes much longer lead time.
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  5. RonSJC

    RonSJC Been here awhile

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    Hey Brent, I realize this is a bit dated, but was that Patriot Express Global? I did a google search for Patriot Express, Houston and got a few different hits.
    Thanks,
    Ron
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  6. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    I have really good experience wit CST, Federal (DBA Funtranspot.com) They have many options such as door-to-door or terminal-to-terminal and every combination between. It was about $600, bikes are palletized. Also, as we were doing Fly and Rides, delivering to their terminal allowed the bikes to ship out early and have slack time incase of a shipping snafu. However, they didn't put a foot wrong and the bikes left MD and arrived in OR within 3 days.

    They purportedly ship 12,000 bikes annually.
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  7. akaDigger

    akaDigger Amateur Adventurer

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    Do not, under any circumstances, use a broker to arrange shipping.
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  8. Dirtleg

    Dirtleg Adventurer

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    I used Forward Air. They have their own bike shipping crates you rent so everything is locked up and secure. Only terminal to terminal as far as I understand.

    That being said they were very expensive. I would probably not use them again but they did deliver the bike without issue so Im not knocking their service just pricing.
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  9. DaveNBPT

    DaveNBPT 2017 R1200RT

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    I've used Federal Transport for coast-to-coast transport a few times and Haulbikes another time. Both were fine, but haul bikes took about a month to get there. I always have at least two bikes, so it wasn't that big of a deal. But, quicker would have been nicer. Federal has taken a week and a half or less, to get my bike to its destination(MA to CA). If you're considering Federal, call Barb at 800-747-4100. It has always run in the mid-upper $600 range. Oh, and a big plus for using Federal(at least for me), I could fully pack my bike, fly to my destination, pick up my bike and hit the road!
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  10. RonSJC

    RonSJC Been here awhile

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    So , the best deal I found was Motorcycle Shippers. Almost coast to coast for $590ish if I pick up the bike In California at one of their terminals ( a $50 discount)
    I've used them once before and they were reliable, but on the slow side.


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