Shipping bike --- info needed please

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by blatant, May 28, 2013.

  1. blatant

    blatant Been here awhile

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    In an attempt to find a great motorcycle the potential to ship grows with distance. Especially if fly n ride, or owner riding to you is not an option.

    Reaching out to the collective regarding Motorcycle Shipping resources, experiences, thumbs up or down, luck had with various companies, costs incurred etc.

    If you could chime in i would greatly appreciate it. I've searched around and did not locate any sort of shipping thread or collection on here.

    If i missed it i'm sure y'all will be quick to point me in the right direction. This seems like the right place to post, since this has the most relevance to people buying bikes.

    Thanks for the help.
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  2. CheapB

    CheapB Been here awhile

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    find one in NC and I'll ride it out to ya. :D
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  3. scrambler73

    scrambler73 Been here awhile

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    Uship is going to provide the best bang for your buck.

    BUT!!!!!!

    you have to do your homework!!!!

    DO NOT go with the "Cheapest" guy. Go with someone that has a proven track record with MANY successful deliveries. Feedback is everything.

    That said, I have went with the "cheapest guy" when having a project or parts bike shipped because well... its probably already in crappy condition so who cares, right? lol

    Another option is Forward Air, which ships from terminal to terminal (usually located near major airport) They have steel motorcycle shipping containers. I haven't used them in a few years, so cannot speak to their current pricing, but the service has always been good.
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  4. CheapB

    CheapB Been here awhile

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    Hey I can provide feedback from happy customers! :D
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  5. adiosmofo

    adiosmofo n00b

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    My friend works at a high end motorcycle shop and he turned me onto Keyboard Motorcycle Shipping. Top notch delivery service.

    West coast service not so great, but anywhere in the Central/Eastern time zone is $625 one way.

    http://keyboardmotorcycleshipping.com/index.php
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  6. MyMonyPit

    MyMonyPit Been here awhile

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    I've used Uship twice. Once for an old Triumph motorcycle and once for a Triumph GT-6 coupe. Been happy with both experiences. As previously said, pay attention to the feedback. Also, if you have the time and can be flexible, give yourself a couple of weeks to watch the bids. They tend to get quite a bit cheaper as the bidding process goes and you might find a great hauler that just wants to add one more bike to fill his trailer and shoots you a decent price.
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  7. Timan

    Timan Been here awhile

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    I would add; have the shipper take pics. of any damage to the bike with the seller present. That way if that perfect condition bike arrives with a scratch somebody has some splaining to do.
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  8. bobfab

    bobfab Long timer

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    ^^This.

    I have used uship 4 or 5 times now with great success. Keep an eye on the feedback and communicate directly with bidders to ensure that you expectations are met!
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  9. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ..ditto that...you can get bids and check feedback.
    Best option out there...
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  10. psyco

    psyco Motard Madness

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    +1 This is how to do it , the longer the bid goes the prices will drop . You will also notice that some of the bids will expire quick or be pulled . The shipper is just trying to find one more bike or car to fit in the trailer so he has a full load . So the price will drop quite a bit toward the end to just try and fill the space . Hope that helps . Good luck .
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  11. Jiminy Cricket

    Jiminy Cricket Been here awhile

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    ^^this + 1 more

    I've used them twice as well .... make sure you are on top of communication the whole time and check feedback. Uship works great as long as you are paying attention.
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  12. O-livier

    O-livier S'en fout la mort!

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    Used Uship a couple of times and good experience (3 to be exact : NC to MA; KS to MA; MA to CA). Shipped my GS from Boston to SF last year ($~700). Have to admit I was not super comfortable when I saw the very old RV with the open trailer behind... Ken (shipper, nice guy) assured me that the rear view camera + one of his dog sleeping under the trailer at night was the "ultimate" security :huh :
    [​IMG]
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  13. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ...nnn-naw. You want an enclosed trailer.
    Too many variables for my comfort.
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  14. DangerMoney

    DangerMoney Loud Helmets Save Lives

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