There are plenty of reasons that you may need motorcycle shipping services, some of the most common being a big move or purchasing from out-of-state. Regardless of why you need it, you want to take the time to do your research and choose the best company to fit your motorcycle shipping needs. But, there are some things to consider while you do your research on which company will be best for you.
For one, unlike with cars, most reputable companies will only ship a motorcycle via enclosed container. This is because an enclosed container offers more protection to the bikes being shipped. By placing them in a container for shipping, they will not be exposed to environmental factors such as rain, heat, and dust. It also keeps the bike protected from other damaging factors, such as road debris. It will cost more than the rare company offering open transport, but it will be well worth the extra cost. Otherwise, you may have pay for repairs to the bike, which can end up costing you even more than simply going with an enclosed shipping option!
But, you should also be aware that the transit time of an enclosed motorcycle transport service is a little longer. Since enclosed containers have enough space to fit around 50 bikes, companies tend to fill the container so that a single truck can make multiple deliveries at once. So you will want to plan accordingly if you need to ship a motorcycle but have it arrive by a certain date. Luckily, companies offer estimates on shipping dates when you ask for a quote, so you will have a general idea of when you can expect your bike to arrive.
Keep in mind though that these are just estimates—shipping companies are not Amazon, offering “guaranteed shipping” dates. These kind of deliveries are affected by all sorts of external factors, from severe weather to unexpected truck issues. But, you can expect the driver to keep you updated on the status of your delivery, so you will always know if there is a change in the expected delivery date.
When it comes to motorcycle shipping, your best option is to go with a shipping company that offers an enclosed motorcycle transport service. While you may have to pay a little more and wait just a little bit longer for your bike to arrive, you will have the peace of mind that your bike will be well-protected during the journey, no matter how far it may be traveling.