How to Transport a Motorcycle

Follow these precautions to make sure your motorcycle is transported properly and with transporters that are qualified.

Steps

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    Good safety precaution: drain your gas tank and remove your battery. You can also opt to crate your motorcycle at this point.
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    Wash your motorcycle even if it will be shipping on an open trailer. You want to be able to spot any chips, dings, or nicks before shipment.
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    If you are not removing the battery and your motorcycle has an alarm, disarm it before shipping.
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    Be sure to secure any loose parts and specialty items such as exhaust, saddle bags, tank bags, hard luggage, fairings and anything else that could get in the way during transport.
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    Make sure that your tires are properly inflated and that you don't have any fluid leaks.
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    Have a specific list with any problems your motorcycle may have. Your carrier will want to know of such things during the loading and unloading of your motorcycle.
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    To prevent disputes of possible damage during shipment, make a report of any existing damage prior to pickup. You may also want to take dated pictures of your motorcycle.
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    Also make sure to fold in any parts that can be folded such as the side mirrors. And lock the handle bar if possible.
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    Be sure to avoid shipping brokerage sites who don't verify DOT License credentials (i.e. uship.com ...) - these sites often allow unlicensed shippers and can result in your property being stolen.

Tips

  • Locate a reliable motorcycle transporter.

Warnings

  • Do not ship motorcycle with title and key, and always get a bill of lading receipt with the shippers information and condition of bike listed
  • Do not ship with cycle in gear. Leave the bike in neutral. Engaged transmissions during shipping can cause internal damage.

Article Info

Categories: Motorcycles