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Shipping a bike Q's

Post #1 by Pony Ruiz » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:45 pm

How has it gone down for you? I have some idea but have never done it.

Good? Bad? Ugly?

Who did you use? I like recommendations.

I see so many bikes (deals) I'd like to own but they are usually too far to go get. I don't have time for a fly and ride. I'd need to have it shipped.

thanks!
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Re: Shipping a bike Q's

Post #2 by wingrider » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:03 am

Are you talking shipping it across country, or shipping it from another country?

Provided you are referring to shipping in country, I have done 3 bikes. One from TX to here, one from SW PA to here, and one from a member here down in KS.

Used a bigger company the first time, Motorycle Shippers.com. That bike was suppose to be on a pallet, covered up with a dust cover. It zig zaged around the US before getting to me, (you can watch where it goes via a link). Funny enough, it was about 75 miles from me at one point, but then went a few hundred miles east before coming back to me. Bike got here safe, but wasn’t covered. Actually was given the cover before I really saw the bike. Cover should have been on it, as it be filthy.

The other two were through U-ship. Two different people...my Valk was out in PA, found a guy on there that agreed to get it a bit cheaper than any one else. It was in a covered trailer, and it got here. There was a bit of communication, but nothing to write home about. The fellas Name was Marco. When he got here, he said that he usually hauls Harley’s, and that he is done hauling this far East. He didn’t realize how far away I was. :roll:

Last bike was a unique situation. A member here was selling a little Suzuki. Again U-ship comes up. Put up a want ad for shipping a bike. One guy contacts me, said that he was in the area of the bike, but lived about 130 miles from me. Said he would pick it up and bring it to his house, and charge me $100, and I come get it from him.

That last transaction was probably one of the best deals I had found. Nice guy, and does odd trips here and there, so it worked out for both of us.

I would recommend U-ship...Give yourself a few days to get quotes, and you can make a decent decision.
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Re: Shipping a bike Q's

Post #3 by Pony Ruiz » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:35 pm

Thanks Wingrider

I'd be shipping inside the country. I am going to spend a bit on the bike so I don't want it to get here like your first one - uncovered. I'm glad uship worked out for you but I've gotten mixed reviews so far on that one.

Nothing negative was said about haulbikes.com. The do a flat rate within a fixed range/grouping of states.

Only bummer - us folks up in the PNW have to pay more and we have to wait longer. $650 and my first glance at the website maybe a month.

It is what it is, but I don't like the fact that they zigzag all around.
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Post #4 by delling3 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:14 pm

+1 on U-Ship. Good experience for me. Just make sure the transporter has insurance.
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Post #5 by motormike » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:00 pm

I'v imported 5 different bikes from across the pond...all crated... sealed.. to my local custom depot. One, like a scene from The World's Fastest Indian... the crate was lay'n on it's side... the warehouse clown said... " they should have arrows.."... Thankfully the shipper knew his stuff.. no damages.
I have sent bikes across the pond.. a very nice Norton, it went down under.... and a Lambretta went to Hong Kong... both pick'd up by.. 1-800-Haulbikes.. big tractor trailer rig parks out front.. you and the driver go over the bike.. he rolls it onto the truck.. wave good bye.
State side.. U Ship has worked for me... always seem'd to be a independent who picks up.. I had a unit pick'd up near Atlanta.. ship'd to Minn.. about $350.oo.
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Re: Shipping a bike Q's

Post #6 by Pony Ruiz » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:46 pm

would they need the keys for anything as long as the fork t.tree is unlocked?
i have been reading reviews.....results vary with just about all of them.
"motorcycle shippment" has good reviews.
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Post #7 by scootsx2 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:46 am

Yep, the Uship service is good. I have used it 4 times (3 domestic, 1 international). The international shipment was for a Villiers engine rather than a whole bike. Excellent results each time.
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Re: Shipping a bike Q's

Post #8 by Liam » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:54 am

I had one experience shipping a bike it was a bad one.

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Re: Shipping a bike Q's

Post #9 by Pony Ruiz » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:40 pm

Well I'm def. gonna need a shipper. I bought a bike. Its in MI. I think I'm going to go with "Motorcycle Shippers" . Yep that's the name. Original eh?
They had the best reviews from my p.o.v. We'll see how it goes.
Thanks for the input guys!
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