This article discusses whether to ship a motorcycle or ride it.
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Many motorcycle owners are faced with the inevitable question of whether they should ship a motorcycle or ride it to a distant location
In todays mobile society people tend to move fairly regularly and many of those people have motorcycles that need to be moved along with their household items. At some point they usually ask themself if they should ride the motorcycle to the new location or have a motorcycle shipping company who specializes in motorcycle transport ship their bike to the new location. Additionally, many motorcycle owners attend rallies and events centered around motorcycling. These riders often ask themselves if they should ride their bikes to and from the event or rally or if they should use a motorcycle shipping specialty company to handle getting the bike to the event or rally and back home from the event or rally.
There are numerous factors to consider when deciding whether to ride a motorcycle to a distant location or have it shipped by a motorcycle transport company. Budget is obviously one of those factors to consider when you need to transport a motorcycle. It is usually slightly cheaper to ride a motorcycle to the new location rather than having it shipped assuming you have the time and energy required to get the motorcycle from point A to point B. It is a good idea to examine the costs involved with riding the bike to the new location such as fuel, wear and tear on the bike, wear and tear on your body, hotels, possible repairs needed while in transit, Etc.
After you calculate the cost and time required to ride the bike to a distant location the next step is to get some quotes to ship it to that location instead of riding it. You might be surprised at how little extra the cost might be to ship it rather than ride it to the new location. By shipping a motorcycle it reduces the stress of many unknowns while riding to a new location. One of the biggest hurdles when riding a long distance is the weather, which can be somewhat unpredictable. You could face stormy weather while riding and be forced to spend a few extra nights in a hotel waiting out storms while the weather clears costing additional money and time.
If you ship the bike with us it is usually transported in an enclosed trailer and secured properly while in transit. The weather issue is basically eliminated when shipping a bike because your bike will be safely secured in an enclosed trailer out of the weather while it is in transit. Additionally, the motorcycle shipping specialty companies we work with handle thousands of bike shipments each year and they have the proper trucks, loading equipment, tie downs and training to make sure your bike is transported safely from its current location to its final destination. There is peace of mind that goes along with using a motorcycle transport specialty company because many of the variables do not come into play when shipping a bike that do come into play when riding a bike to a distant location.