Vintage motorcycles are incredible machines and should always be handled with care. While they may look like a beast, they are actually fragile and extremely beautiful so they require special care and attention. This is especially true if you are planning to ship your vintage motorcycle. Whether you are moving, traveling, or purchasing a vintage motorcycle across the country, you may find yourself in need of shipping services. You want to be sure you work with a reliable shipping company and take the necessary steps to properly prepare your motorcycle for shipment. Here are a few important things you should know about shipping your vintage motorcycle.
Research Shipping Companies
You should start by researching shipping companies that are best suited for your needs. Not all auto transport companies are created equal, so you want to find a company that has a great reputation and is experienced with shipping classic motorcycles. Be sure and check reviews, compare pricing, and check for proper licensing and registration requirements prior to choosing a shipping company.
Choose Your Method of Transport
You will have the option of choosing between an open and enclosed carrier. While open carriers are cheaper, an enclosed carrier offers more protection and is a safer option for a vintage bike. Open carriers leave vehicles vulnerable to bad weather, dirt, rocks, and other debris and this can cause damage to your bike during transit. Enclosed carriers have sides and a roof to provide maximum protection against these outdoor elements.
Prepare Your Motorcycle for Shipment
When shipping any vehicle, there are certain steps that should be taken to prepare the vehicle for shipment and a motorcycle is no exception. To streamline the shipping process, follow these steps before loading your motorcycle onto a truck:
- Clean your motorcycle and wipe away all dirt on the bike or tires.
- Remove any and all side bags, hardshell cases, and other removable accessories.
- Drain all fluids prior to shipment and do not leave more than ¼ tank of fuel. Shipping a motorcycle with a full tank of gas is a significant safety hazard.
- Reduce tire pressure by letting some of the air out of your tires before shipment.
- Remove the battery.
- Disable any alarms.
- Take photographs of every angle of your motorcycle and document its condition prior to shipment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Car Moving Questions
The hardest thing for people researching car moving companies to understand is that the prices they are getting are not hard and fast gaurantees, but rather ESTIMATES of what one company thinks it will take to get a vehicle moved promptly versus another company's opinion of what it will take. Don't be fooled, there are not carriers committed to take your vehicle at these quoted prices, the company you choose will still have to get to work getting a carrier to commit to move it at the price they quote you.
Your total price breaks down into two parts, the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount) Make no mistake about this, EVERYONE YOU ARE GETTING SALES CALLS FROM IS GOING TO BROKER YOUR MOVE. In this industry, there are brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the actual carriers and there are an equal amount of carriers who sell themselves on the fact that they have a truck or two but are not being honest about the fact that they broker out 90% of the orders they book. Here is a quick easy way to tell, if a company takes an up front fee, whether they call it a deposit or any other name, they are a broker. Carriers do not take any payment until the vehicle is delivered.
In our opinion, you are crazy to do so. Have you ever been paid up front for the work that you perform for your employer? Why would you pay a fee up front when there are reliable and trustworthy companies like ours that won't ask for it until we provide you with your carriers details?
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will be between one and two weeks. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.