If you are planning round trip motorcycle transport there are a number of important things to consider before you ship motorcycles. You might be going to an event. You could ship a motorcycle to an out of state motorcycle shop for some customizing. You might be shipping a motorcycle to a motorcycle rally, a motorcycle show or a motorcycle race.
The first thing to remember is to prepare your motorcycle for shipping. It is a good idea to take the time to prepare your motorcycle prior to shipping. It is always recommended to drain the gas, make sure the tires have adequate air pressure, remove the keys and make sure the forks are not locked. It is best to not ship extra items in saddle bags or in the trunk.
The second thing to do is research round trip motorcycle shipping companies. This is a very important step in your trip planning. Make sure you only deal with a Department of Transportation compliant transport company. Do your research and make sure the bike shipping company you select has adequate cargo insurance to cover the value of your motorcycle during round trip motorcycle transport.
The third thing is to establish your schedule. Motorcycle moving scheduling is not an exact science. Make sure you plan ahead and leave enough lead time in your schedule for pick up and delivery to occur within a reasonable time frame.
The fourth thing is to plan your accommodation while you are at an event. If you are going to a rally, a race or a motorcycle show be sure to research your accommodations well in advance of your trip and book those reservation early.
The last thing to do is make sure you have points of contact available at both the origin and destination locations who can meet the driver for pick up and delivery. Once again, motorcycle shippers scheduling is not an exact science so you need to be flexible to meet the bike transport driver on each end of your shipments.
The motorcycle shippers are usually going to deliver your bike at least a few days and in some cases a week or two prior to your need date. We always recommend having a defined point of contact at the delivery location that the shipper can coordinate with for motorcycle delivery. If you do not have a relative or friend to act as a point of contact at the delivery location you might want to also consider other options for delivery. Many customers doing round trip motorcycle transport will coordinate with a local motorcycle shop in the delivery area where your bike can be delivered to and stored until you arrive at that location to pick up your bike.
Additionally you could consider using a motorcycle shop as the pick up location for the return trip on your shipment. We always recommend contacting the service department at the motorcycle shop to act as the receiving location for your bike. If the shop wants to charge you a fee to meet the driver and store the bike, a good work around is to consider having the shop do some minor maintenance on your bike such as an oil change. If you do have them do some work on your bike at a low cost many times the motorcycle shop will not charge you an extra fee to meet the driver and or store the bike for you for a while until the shipper arrives for pick up of the bike for the return trip.