Many customers contact Shippingmasters to ask how to transport a motorcycle. Like most things in life, the more you plan ahead the better your results will be. The same is true when shipping a motorcycle. Shipping motorcycles to another location is not as simple as calling a transportation company and having the motorcycle picked up one day and delivered the next.
After selecting a motorcycle shipper the next step is to provide the the motorcycle shipping company with the origin and destination points of contact, phone numbers and the addresses of both locations. Additional required shipment details include the year, make, model and vehicle identification number of the motorcycle. Some transporters will transport motorcycle parts so be sure to inform the shipper if you have any spare items to ship with the motorcycle. After the bike shipping company has this information they will set up a preliminary shipping schedule for your motorcycle transport.
The scheduling involves many factors. Bike shippers try to combine as many motorcycle shipments together as possible. The more motorcycles they have on each load the lower their per unit cost will be and the lower their rates will likely be. The distance of the shipment, the size of the truck, the origin and destination locations and the quantity of motorcycles on the truck all have a bearing on the overall time frame of any given shipment. Delivery time frames on most motorcycle shipments range from one to four weeks. Remote locations and long distance shipments can take significantly longer.