Choosing a motorcycle shipping company

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Choosing a motorcycle shipping company requires a bit of research, especially if it’s your first time. Armed with the right information, you can successfully navigate the process of shipping a motorcycle.

In this guide, we will explain how it works and offer practical advice on getting your bike ready for transportation. We will answer some commonly asked questions, so you can make educated choices.

How to choose a motorcycle shipping company?

Choose a company you can trust. A trustworthy shipper will always provide information on how it works and what it costs, to help you understand the service and the pricing. Businesses that truly care about their customers share information openly and honestly. They understand that all good relationships are built on trust.

A trustworthy company has a team of professionals ready to assist and answer all questions. This is how we work. We provide answers to all major questions on our website and explain the process step by step.

We work with your preferences and budget. This is how we gain the trust of our customers. Read our customers feedback online to learn about their personal stories.

When you call, one of our logistics coordinators will explain the process and the cost of shipping a motorcycle in detail.

How much does it cost to ship a motorcycle?

The cost to ship a motorcycle depends on a number of factors such as the make and model, the type of transport, pick up/drop off locations and the distance. Availability and willingness of truck drivers to take a motorbike, is also a big factor.

This is why it is 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.

Seasonality, or current supply and demand on a given route, also affect shipping rate fluctuations. In fact, it is usually the decisive factor for the final shipping price. For example, during winter, more people are shipping bikes to the southern states. The high demand and limited supply naturally increase the cost of shipping in this direction from across the country.

The cheapest option is not the best

Request a motorcycle shipping quote only after you have narrowed your research down to a few companies (three would be a good number). Prices for the same route may vary between companies. But only a realistic price that reflects the most current market conditions will ship your motorcycle safely and efficiently.

Do not be lured by the lowest price. The cheapest rate often means you will have to wait much longer for shipment or your bike won’t be moved at all. So, you will have to pay attention and ask questions.

How soon do you need your motorcycle?

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 such as weather conditions, mechanical breakdowns, or traffic.

If you are pressed for time, you can inquire about expedited auto shipping. It is a premium service, but an extra fee will secure a guaranteed delivery for your motorbike. So, if you must ship your motorcycle fast, or need it picked up and delivered on specific dates, prepare to pay a premium price.

How does motorcycle shipping work?

A motorcycle is easy to load on almost any type of car carrier, but it can not take the spot of a car. However, the most secure transport is in an enclosed auto transport carrier. It is not only the easiest to load, but safer overall. Now all open car carriers would agree or a prepared to ship a motorcycle. For an open car carrier to load a motorcycle, they have to have some extra straps and space right behind the cabin of the truck.

What type of transport do you prefer?

You generally have two options: enclosed or open carriers. Enclosed trailer transport is the standard method of shipping motorcycles. It is more secure than strapping a bike on an open carrier.

When you choose 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. Only a few are prepared to strap a bike behind the truck cabin. But, in most cases all experienced truck drivers know how to load and secure a motorcycle.

How to prepare your motorcycle for shipping?

It is important you 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. 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 online. 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. Thank you!


About the Author:

Dilyana Dobrinova is a nature & travel enthusiast. With a heart for books, scarves and vintage. She runs a brand consulting agency, while also running 10Ks between meetings. Dilyana holds an M.A. in International Marketing Management from the Berlin School of Economics and Law in Germany, and two B.As. in Journalism & Mass Communication and in Business Administration from AUBG.


  1. Joseph Latouche  September 10, 2018

    Want to ship a 1977 R80/7 BMW and sidecar from 54670 to 03246. Open container is ok

    • Vasilka Atanasova  September 14, 2018

      Hello Joe.

      Thanks for requesting a car shipping quote. Please, call us to let us know from where do you want to ship this one. We will email you shortly, as well.



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