Other Riding-Related Info:
The following are comments about fellow
NERds experiences when shipping their motorcycles:
Motorcycle Shippers.com - Used three times: Washington
State, Phoenix, AZ, and San Jose, CA. I believe they subcontract to
shipping companies. They will pick up at your home or you can drop
at a depot for a small discount. If they pick it up at your home,
They come with a truck with a lift gate. The bike is strapped to a
special skid once it's on the truck. They inspect for existing
scratches, etc and you sign off on it.
They will deliver to a private home, which is what we did, or
deliver to one of their depots. You can greatly shorten the turn
around time by dropping at the depot and picking it up at the depot.
They only deliver and presumably pick up from "neighborhoods" on
certain days, sometimes only once in a two-week time period, so it
makes sense that there will be lead time and lag time on each end
unless you do depot to depot. They depots tend to be near airports
or industrial areas. We dropped at the depot last time and it was
about 40 minutes from here. Our bikes were in CA in a week.
You can ship the bike wet.
All the hard luggage is supposed to be empty but no one cares or
checks. We stuff them full which saves on carrying or shipping
camping and some riding gear.
The driver does not take the keys. You take them with you or mail
them to the person who is receiving the bike at their home. They
give that person a call 24 hours in advance and then give them a
window on the day.
We know lots of techies all over the place who ride and work from
The other options for discounts are multiple bikes and round
tripping. They used to stack discount but not anymore.
If shipping two bikes, tell them it's one shipment not two. Saves
I've heard good things about Allied Federal. The person who received
our bikes at the dock last year actually recommended them. (Nancy)
Motorcycle Transport - We ship a lot of bikes. You can have
one or the other, best or cheapest, but not both. No shipper can or
should guarantee that there will be no damage in transit. But if
there is, and the bike is properly insured, the shipper will make
good on it, pronto.
Our experience with many independent bike haulers, especially those
found on UShip, can be dicey at best. I would suggest steering clear
Our Motus bikes come in via Federal. They do a decent job and if
there is an issue they will immediately tend to it.
You will pay a couple hundred more to ship by an outfit like Federal
rather than an independent, but you'll save a lot of hassle if there
are any issues. Trust me on this. (Adam RocketMoto)
CK5transport - We shipped my wife's bike to Daytona one
year...they're both riders...and they're very respectful and
understand our "anxieties" about turning over our rides. Always
cleaned upon delivery. Great couple run the company! (Dave)
- Not my personal experience, but I have a friend who had his bike
shipped to/from Delaware to Colorado recently via Haulbikes, and
both times there was damage done to the bike, One the outbound trip,
they did cover the repairs done at a Denver dealer, but they refused
to do anything about the damage that was caused on the inbound trip
Holdings Transport - Just used them to transport my bike
from FL to MA. It ended up for an entire week in Stugis (hmmmm rally
week...imagine that). And had significant damage to the point I was
not able to ride it when it arrived. They promised it by the 4th of
August and finally delivered it on the 12th of August. Now they are
not responding to texts, calls or emails. Please, do not go through
what I did and still am going through. Avoid them like the plague!