Shipping your motorcycle from AK

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by flyin_, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. flyin_

    flyin_ Been here awhile

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    Since my 3 week vacation request was officially denied today:cry , I am now looking at my options for shipping my bike home from AK. Can anyone suggest any shipping companies to check out? I have a few online quotes from shipping companies I have found thorugh Horizons Unlimited and web searches for $1900 and $2100:eek1 . Has anyone actually shipped their bikes from AK back to the lower 48 that can offer some advice?

    Thanks for any comments or suggestions! :ear
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  2. d_day_6

    d_day_6 ADVrider poseur

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    Rent a nice KLR in AK and enjoy the ride...that's what I'd do.
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  3. vegasphotog

    vegasphotog Las Vegas Cheechako

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    use the search index but it seems to me people have indicated that it would run about $750 as 'luggage' if you are on the plane.
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  4. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob Been here awhile

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    Try Classic Motion at 907-272-6863. These guys ship, store and crate motorcycles and should be able to hook you up no problem. And, Gary and Joanie are just all around nice people.

    BBB
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  5. gsilvernale

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    A lot of people do not have the time to ride both ways.
    I bet you could find someone to fly to Alaska and ride it back (of course, it depends on what kind of biky you have....):evil
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  8. RTCHIEF

    RTCHIEF Been here awhile

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    I'd be interested in riding it back. JON
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  9. akrider

    akrider mild adventurer

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    I agree with Big Bad Bob. Classic motion has shipped for me and has done a great job.

    Check with Alaska Airlines also.

    Also check with Akrider.com for rental of bikes in Anchorage.
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  10. Phish

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    You can ship your bike from Seattle to Anchorage or Anchorage to Seattle on Alaska Airlines for around $.65 per lb. You can also ship from Prudhoe Bay to Anchorage (if you don't want to drive the Dalton both ways). They can take pretty much any size bike.

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  11. flyin_

    flyin_ Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all the great info. Looks like I have a few calls to make.
    I have been thinking a little more about renting but I really want to ride my bike there. The 3000 miles there will be most of the adventure. Right now I'm just really bummed that I can't get 3 weeks off. I love my job but I hate working.

    I'm 90% sure that I'm going to ride there, have my wife fly in and ride with me for a week and then we'll both fly home. The other 10% of me wants to ride there and back in the 2 weeks just for the challenge. Then I miss most of AK.

    Is 30 too early to retire? :D
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  12. rowansride

    rowansride recreational menace

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    Used to be we had to truck our crates to kenai to ship south but the KGS option is cheaper these days, and even closer. Last year it was less than 300 for a 4x8 crate, size-not weight being the determining factor. You can easliy blow 200 bucks building a crate though. I usually pick though the scrap piles down at the boatyard though.
    Best idea I've seen yet was my friend shawn's. He builds his crate with a pointy roof so nobody can stack a pallet of motoroil or frozen fish on top of it. It sure used to piss of Carlisle Shipping though.
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  13. RedShift42

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    Give Carlisle and Southern Alaska Forwarding a call. I shipped my KLR from Kodiak down to Seattle via SAF last Spring for ~$400. It took about a week, everyone at both ends was great help, and she arrived fine; popped the crate in SEA, and rode her out the door.

    Sending it down on a barge service is going to be reasonably cheap, probably your best option unless you get real lucky and find a trucker who's dead-heading back to the lower-48. Not sure what your shipping options would be to MN once it reaches Seattle, but try running it by Carlisle and SAF to see what they know.

    As for the crate, try contacting several motorcycle dealerships, maybe they've got a crate that can be slavaged and reused. I called my local SAF dock, told them what I had in mind, they called back a few days later w/ a beautiful 8' cedar pallet that was perfect for my needs and they were happy they didn't have to break it down. Win-win.

    Last note, SAF will ship a palletized bike open, but I saved like $150 by putting a pretty-much-token box frame around it for protection (local SAF promised me it wouldn't be stacked and I watched them load it). And you'll sleep better every night until it arrives. Mine never needed the protection, but still worth the while.

    Good luck. Keep us posted!

    -Eric.

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    SAF: 800-929-2600
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  14. flyin_

    flyin_ Been here awhile

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    Thanks again to everyone who has offered advice!

    I have contacted a couple of companies and I have a few quotes so far.
    Carlisle Trucking will ship from Anchorage to Forest Lake, MN for $282 crated in about 4 days. They will also pick up the crated bike from Classic Motion or Internation Wood.

    Classic Motion will be getting a quote to me this Thursday for crating cost and shipping costs.

    Internation Wood gave me a quote of $275 to crate the bike

    Southern Alaska Forwarding said they don't ship out of AK

    Forward Air only ships in the contenental US and a few points in Canada

    Does anyone have any other ideas for getting the bike into a crate and to Carlisle Trucking? If not I'm still pretty happy with a total cost of $557. I thought it would be way more than that!

    Now I have to figure out how to see everything I want to see in 2 weeks but I guess thats a whole nother thread
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  15. RedShift42

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    SAF doesn't ship out of AK? Hmm, maybe that's new or maybe it's just a unique deal here in Kodiak since the sea boxes go back down mostly empty. Or maybe I'm just losing my memory.

    Really, tho' $282 is a steal-- almost too good to be true. Heck, I think I'd pay that much to freight a bike Kodiak->ANC.
    Back 10 yrs ago I tried to ship my sister's scooter NJ->Seattle and the best I could find was $400 (I wound up riding it to her for less, but that's a whole 'nother thread too).
    The crating fee seems a little high to me, but if you consider what an extra day of riding on a dream vacation is worth (vs. spending a day cursing while you engineer one yourself) and then peace of mind dropping off your bike w/ someone you trust...

    As a possibility, I wonder what a shop in ANC might charge to put your bike back into the crate an '08 _________ (your model here) just came out of...?

    -Eric.
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  16. Big Bad Bob

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    Come around summer solstice...Almost 24 hrs. of light...Survive on coffee and Red Bull...RIDE, RIDE, RIDE...Remember, sleep is out of the question...:evil
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  17. flyin_

    flyin_ Been here awhile

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    :1drink i think there will be plenty of that already. I just hope I'm not getting in over my head. I don't like having tight schedules and my wife will be flying in to meet me. I want to see as much as possible but I don't want to just fly by everything or be too exhasted to enjoy myself.

    Over what dates is the most sunlight? July? or is its earlier/later?
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  18. Big Bad Bob

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    Longest days are mid to late June through early July...The longest day is June 21....When in Anchorage stop in at the House of Harley and say hi...

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  19. Fighter

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    D2D June 21-23
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  20. flyin_

    flyin_ Been here awhile

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    Carlisle Trucking will ship from Anchorage to Forest Lake, MN for $282 (in a crate) Shipping time is about 4 days. They will also pick up the crated bike from Classic Motion or Internation Wood.

    Internation Wood gave me a quote of $275 to crate the bike

    I got a quote from Clasic Motion yesterday: If I remember right the cost of shipping and crating together from them was about double, or $1100 to $1200. There cost for just crating was closer to $300 also.

    Southern Alaska Forwarding said they don't ship out of AK

    Forward Air only ships in the contenental US and a few points in Canada

    Thanks for the help!
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