Shipping motorcycles across country
While there’s nothing like hitting the wide open road on the back of a motorcycle, sometimes you don’t have the option of riding it to a destination. Whether you’re making a cross-country move, traveling to a race or taking it with you on a trip, shipping motorcycles is a common solution for getting bikes where they need to be. Take a look at the steps for motorcycle shipping, and see how U-Pack® can help.
How to transport a motorcycle
No matter how you plan on shipping the bike, it’s important to make sure it’s safe and secure. Prior to transit, be sure to:
Drain the fluids
The first thing you’ll want to do is drain flammable fluids like gas and oil. Refer to the owner’s manual for instructions or take it to a local bike shop. Just remember to replace the fluids upon arrival so the motorcycle can run properly.
Protect the finish and clear coat by covering the bike. Start by cleaning, and then use a motorcycle cover (check with a parts provider for one that fits your specific model) or moving blankets secured with stretch wrap. Make sure to cover all aftermarket chrome parts and the body of the bike to protect them from scratches and dust.
Now it’s time to put the motorcycle in the shipping container or moving trailer. If you’re only moving the bike, load it and place it in the center of the container. If you’re moving it along with household goods, make sure those are secured well as items falling over in transit could damage the bike.
The final step in motorcycle moving is to secure it using ratchet straps and a wheel chock. Place the chock under the front tire to stop it from moving forward. Use the logistics tracking in the container or trailer to hold straps to keep the bike upright, preventing it from moving side-to-side.
Put down the kickstand and apply the straps, using loops to hook the straps on the handlebars to balance the front. Next apply straps to the back by looping straps around the rear tire. Crank the ratchet straps to tighten until the bike is upright and balanced.
What makes U-Pack the best way to ship a motorcycle?
U-Pack is a great option for motorcycle transport — along with shipping household goods, we are set up for easy motorcycle shipping. U-Pack brings you the moving equipment (either a moving trailer or ReloCube® container), you load, and then we deliver it to the destination. It’s simple. Here are a few highlights that make motorcycle shipping with U-Pack the best choice:
- Easy loading. The U-Pack moving trailer comes with a 2’ wide ramp, so it’s easy to get the bike inside. The ReloCube sits at ground level for easy loading.
- Tie-down points. Both types of equipment have tie-down points so you can secure the bike well.
- Fast transit times. Most moves take just 2-5 business days, even for cross country motorcycle shipping.
- Flexible space. Whether you’re just moving a motorcycle or an entire home, U-Pack gives you the space you need. For a motorcycle-only shipment, our minimum space (either one ReloCube or five linear feet in a moving trailer) is ideal. Or you can use more space for a bigger move.
Get the cheapest motorcycle shipping
U-Pack rates are affordable, even with the door-to-door option, but for the absolutely cheapest rates, check out the terminal-to-terminal option. It’s easy to take advantage of savings this way, especially if you’re just moving a motorcycle or a smaller shipment. With this option, you bring the bike (and any other belongings) to a local service center to load, and then you'll unload at the service center on the other end. It can save an average of $300!
Need a motorcycle shipping quote?
Call a U-Pack moving consultant at 888-891-9314888-891-9315 or get a quote online. If you need help getting a quote or have questions about moving a motorcycle, leave a comment below, and we’ll be happy to help.
Have other vehicles to move? Check out this vehicle transportation guide for more info.
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