This article discusses how easy it is to ship a motorcycle using our service.
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Like most things in life, if you don’t have experience in a particular area or with a certain process you can feel overwhelmed when considering how to approach that process. We deal in motorcycle shipping and have done so for many years. The shipping companies we work with also specialize in motorcycle transport and most of them have been shipping motorcycles for over 20 years. There are a number of things to learn about the process of shipping a motorcycle and we will attempt to familiarize you with those considerations as we progress through this article.
The first thing you want to look for in any motorcycle shipper you are considering is are they US Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant and do they carry cargo insurance coverage. In order to transport vehicles across state lines, motorcycle transporters are required by the Federal Government to be DOT licensed and carry cargo insurance. The good news is all the motorcycle transporters we refer our customers to are fully DOT compliant and carry various levels of cargo insurance coverage. As a licensed and bonded motor carrier broker, we are required to only refer our customers to fully DOT compliant transporters. We take that responsibility seriously and we only refer our customers to motorcycle shipping companies who specialize in motorcycle moving.
Another advantage we can offer our customers is that we are very unique in how we approach our business. We do not only work with one motorcycle transport company, we work with dozens of motorcycle specific shippers and we work with the same shippers day in and day out. Our motorcycle shippers ship thousands of motorcycles each year and have the right kind of equipment for handling the transport of motorcycles.
In most cases, the motorcycle transporters that we work with ship motorcycles door-to-door in an enclosed trailer and offer various levels of cargo insurance coverage. The motorcycle shippers we work with will either have a ramp gate or a lift gate for loading and unloading the bikes on and off of their truck. It is usually the driver’s responsibility to secure the bike within the trailer but occasionally they may need a little assistance handling bikes, especially larger bikes.
The shippers we work with have trucks or trailers that are outfitted specifically for handling motorcycle shipments. Some shippers use an E-Trac system in the floor and walls of their trucks or trailers to secure the bikes to and they provide a roll-on roll-off type service. Other shippers use wooden or metal pallets to my mount the bike to while they are in transit. The pallets will either have casters on them so they can be moved around with the bike attached or they will have a pallet jack on their truck to move the palletized bike from one position to another. Some of the shippers we work with have terminals or warehouses throughout the country and will change trucks once or twice while in route. If your bike does change trucks while in transit it will be secured in an enclosed and locked facility.