Shipping a motorcycle is much less expensive than chipping a car as they occupy less space, however the distance transporting may influence for a higher quote than usual. Expedite shipping also will incur in an extra fee, still not as expensive as transporting a car. Another advantage of transporting motorcycles is that the majority of carriers use enclosed trailers only to ensure the safety of the vehicle during transit. Given that bikes are entirely exposed to the environment, weather and road conditions this is a major advantage. Open transport is also available, although it is not recommended, it is also an option.
When shipping a motorcycle, carriers mount them safely onto cradles in order to strap them properly an avoid them to be moving around in the carrier during transit. This avoids them from getting hit with other bikes and causing damages to the body of the motorcycle; you may have a cover over the bike to protect it from dust during transit as well. Some companies will require for the gas tank to be ¾ full to decrease the weight of the bike to its minimum. Removable additions such as saddle bags, antennas and other modifications are also required to be taken apart or to ensure they are securely attached to the bike to avoid them from falling off during transit and hitting other vehicles on the carrier as well as your own.
During the booking of your transport it is very important that you provide as much details as possible to your booking agent in order to ensure a proper and hassle free transporting experience. Details as to where the bike is located and where it needs to be delivered are very important; therefore accuracy will guarantee a non changing price. If you change the locations later on or provide a general idea, prices might only be estimates and if working with a budget, this will cause you an inconvenience to later learn that the actual price is higher. Another very important thing is to provide your agent with your availability and your schedule if you are working by one, this way they can accommodate your needs as best as possible.
If you take careful consideration of all these small details, this will help guarantee a safer and hassle free motorcycle shipping experience.