This article discusses the various methods of shipping motorcycles and the cost associated with each shipping method.
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When you find the right motorcycle online or maybe you are moving and you need motorcycle transport services there are many options for you to consider. With the many different shipping options that are available there are many different prices available also.
In addition to the shipping options and the prices available, there are many factors to consider when deciding which shipping option and price you should select. Some of the considerations that you should take into account are the shipping method that the shipper will use to ship your bike, the insurance coverage the shipper offers, if the shipper requires any preparation to the bike prior to shipping, what the pick up and delivery time frame estimates will be and if the shipper will allow you to transport extra items along with the bike such as spare parts and riding gear.
There are many different methods used to transport a motorcycle. Each method will have it’s own associated price. The most basic method and the most common method of motorcycle transport is the roll on roll off method. Shippers who use the roll-on-roll-off method usually will have a lift gate or a ramp gate and they literally roll the bike onto their trailer and secure the bike with soft tie down straps to a system called E-Trac in the floor and walls of their trailer. Another common method of motorcycle shipping is the pallet method. Shippers often use wooden pallets to transport bikes on. The shippers who use wooden pallets secure the bikes on the pallet with soft tie down straps that hook into eyelets on the four corners of the pallet. Shippers that use wooden pallets will have a liftgate on their truck for loading and unloading and they will likely have a pallet jack that they can move the palleted bike around with in their trailer. Some shippers use metal pallets to ship motorcycles. The mail a metal pallet option is very popular with customers who ship motorcycles because the pallets are very robust and they usually have casters on them so the bike can be rolled around on the pallet while it is secured to the pallet. The motorcycle transporters who use metal pallets will have a liftgate on their trailer and in most cases they will secure the pallet in the trailer also.
As we mentioned before, there are different price ranges for each method of motorcycle transport. The roll on roll off service in most cases, is the least expensive option but not always. The distance of the shipment and the locations of the shipment can also have a major impact on the shipping rate regardless of the transport method that you select. The more remote the location and the farther the distance from the origin location to the destination location usually the drives the shipping rates higher.
If you have questions about the various shipping methods available to transport a motorcycle feel free to give us a call and we can explain each option and the associated rates in more detail for you. We have been shipping motorcycles for many years and are very familiar with each of available shipping option and the associated rates for each option.