Choosing a motorcycle shipping company may seem baffling at first. Whether you’re starting a new life in another state, going on a motorcycle rally a few hundred miles away, or just bought a new bike from a seller across the country, you need to figure out a way to transport your chopper.
Below, we’ll share our expertise in selecting a shipping company and getting your bike ready for transportation.
Finding a motorcycle shipping company
The mere thought of going through the whole selection process might be overwhelming. Researching and comparing companies is not a one-step activity.
There’s the dilemma of choosing one of the big companies or a smaller one. Some businesses share too little information, and not enough to make a choice. Others overwhelm you with tons of facts and numbers about themselves. You get lost before you were even close to a solution.
Yet, sometimes you can’t invest much time in research. There are situations when you need to make a decision quickly. In this case, you will need to trust your hunches and remember that a last-minute search will most likely result in higher prices and unavailability of some services
How do I make the right choice?
The success of selecting the best company to ship your motorcycle lies in the answer to one simple question:
This is the biggest factor in your choice. When a motorcycle is your primary vehicle, it’s very easy to make a rash decision. You might opt for the cheapest motorcycle shipping services or the biggest name in the industry. Without giving it a second thought. Just because you need to get it done.
What about insurance for your bike? What about the experience the company has in shipping motorcycles? These are the questions you would ask yourself if you truly cared about your bike. You wouldn’t hand it to just anyone.
Below is our take on how to select the right motorcycle shipper if you really love your bike.
Choose someone you can trust
The shipping companies that make you leave their website with questions are probably not the best option. The company that is worth it will always provide enough information to help you understand the service and the logic behind it.
Businesses that truly care about their customers will share information openly and honestly. They understand that all good relationships are built on trust.
Moreover, these companies know how important for you to feel there’s a team of real people ready to assist you. So they make it easy for you to contact a representative should you have any questions or concerns.
Find a company with experience
Look up what previous clients have said about the transport company. The companies with top quality services usually have happy customers willing to share their experience.
So explore online reviews – you can always consult TransportReviews and Trustpilot among the available reliable sources. If the company has a blog, look for articles about transporting motorcycles. This will give you another hint about the company’s expertise.
And don’t hesitate to approach a company rep directly. It will help you further understand who you’re dealing with and make your decision.
Don’t go with the cheapest option
Request a motorcycle shipping quote only after you have narrowed your research down to a few options (three would be a good number). The quotes will help you get a rough idea of the price, not an exact number. This is so because the final cost depends on a number of factors.
Prices for the same route may vary between the different companies. So you will have to pay attention and ask questions. Always make it clear that you are looking to ship a motorcycle, not an automobile. The tiny details are important, and very often they get lost between the lines.
The cost to ship your motorcycle
The cost of shipping a motorcycle varies by the make and model of the vehicle, the type of transport, pick up/drop off locations, and the distance to be traveled.
This is why it’s essential to be as precise as possible when requesting a motorcycle shipping quote. Describe your bike in detail as this will define the equipment required.
Seasons also affect shipping rate fluctuations. For example, during warmer seasons, more people are shipping their bikes and cars down to Florida. The high demand and limited supply naturally increase the cost of shipping for this route. Keep this in mind when you do your planning.
The shipping process
At last, you’ve selected your motorcycle shipping company. Don’t worry if this is your first time shipping a bike. The company you’ve chosen will be your partner in this process. Make sure to ask every little thing that comes to your mind and address your every concern.
At Corsia Logistics, we are transparent about our procedures and policies. Check out our Questions section or continue reading to get an idea of the steps you need to follow.
Plan the timing
The time it takes to ship a motorcycle is similar to that of auto transport. Yet, you need to keep in mind the unexpected delays that may occur on the way. Weather conditions, mechanical breakdowns, or traffic congestion may occur. These events happen unplanned, so both you and the shipping company should be prepared.
Make sure you check the route your bike needs to travel. Is this is a road highly populated with daily traffic? What is the weather forecast for the period of the shipment? These are the questions you need to discuss with your carrier, so both start the journey with the same expectations.
We recommend booking your order a month in advance. Shipping a motorcycle across the state lines or cross-country is not like shipping a parcel, it takes more planning and preparation.
More time to plan always means a less expensive solution for you, so keep that in mind. It is important to us that you understand that the dates we allocate for pick-up and delivery are estimates. A little patience goes a long way, as they say.
Select the type of transport
You generally have two options: enclosed or open carriers. Enclosed trailer transport is the standard method of shipping for motorcycles. It is safer and more secure than open auto transport. There are enclosed carriers designed specifically to transport motorcycles, too. It costs more, but it is worth it when you need complete protection from road and weather elements.
In case you opt for an open carrier, ask about your bike’s conditions during transport. Most of the carriers in the US are open, which means it is always faster to arrange for an open carrier to pick-up and deliver your motorcycle. They are cheaper, but they are not as well equipped to serve the needs of motorcycles. Hence, open carriers a meaningful option only for shorter distances.
When you need expedited delivery, however, we at Corsia Logistics usually book an enclosed carrier. When you are in a hurry, we want to minimize any risks and deliver the vehicle as safely as possible. Thus, if you must ship your motorcycle fast, or need it picked up and delivered on specific dates, prepare to pay a premium price.
Check the insurance policy
Usually, cargo protection insurance is required by law. Yet, make sure you discuss the conditions before booking. Ask about the minimum coverage and the damages it covers.
Again, depending on how much you value your bike, you may want to get additional insurance. You don’t want to risk getting your brand new bike scratched before it even arrives at your door, right? Discuss your options with your motorcycle hauler.
In case of damages
In the unfortunate case of damage during transport, document all the irregularities on the Bill of Lading and have your transporter sign your copy. Next, follow your carrier’s instructions on filing a claim. Your transporter will want to resolve the issue quickly. Most insurance claims are reviewed and settled within a few weeks.
Give your motorcycle the prep
Your most important task is to inspect and prepare your bike for shipment very carefully. In case of damages, you want to be able to defend the initial condition of your bike. This is why you need to inspect the motorcycle at both pick-up and delivery locations, right before and after shipment. You will be required to sign before- and after-inspection report, so be sure to check for and document any pre-existing damage.
The preparation process is similar to that of a car. Yet, to be precise, follow these steps to get your bike ready:
- Clean your motorcycle.
- Note scratches, dings, and other minor damages.
- Markdown any mechanical issues or problems.
- Take pictures: detailed shots of all existing damages.
- Date the records and show them to your shipping company.
Corsia Logistics ships automobiles and motorcycles nationwide daily. We are here to answer all of your motorcycle shipping questions. Please give us a call to discuss your auto transport needs and options and request your vehicle shipping quote.
Whether you are shipping a motorcycle to Florida, Colorado, California, or anywhere else in the US we will arrange the shipment and help you every step of the way.