I'm moving from Pennsylvania to Florida in a couple of months and need to figure out a way to get my 919 down there. I was going to tie it down in the bed of my parent's truck and let them drive it down when they helped me move there but it looks like they're going to red a box truck for the move so that went out the window.
has anyone ever shipped a motorcycle? i'd like to find a trustworthy company to ship it but the only thing i have to go off of is what i read on the company websites. anyone able to help out?
I've had a bike shipped to me via Forward Air. While the bike made it safe and sound, one of the doors on the box was damaged and they were not able to lock it properly. They ended up using a shipping seal to keep it closed for the trip. Their website says you must drain all fluids from the bike, but they did not bother to check mine. The rad overflow was still full, as well as both brakes. The gas, oil, and most of the coolant had been drained. IIRC the cost was $800 from somewhere in Ohio to San Antonio Texas.
My cousin bought a bike off eBay and had it trucked from Mid-Florida to Southern Alabama. He used some site like eBay for trucking. Basically, you post what you need shipped and people place bids on what they will haul it for. I think he paid a guy with a big truck and trailer $150 and he had it in a few days in perfect shape.
Brad didn't have any issues with the carrier. It was some guy who just hauled vehicles around the states for a living. He operated a dually truck with a 4 - car trailer. He was there when it came and I think he said it was on the top of the trailer where it was flat and had 4 straps on it (two front and two rear). He had another motorcycle and 2 cars on the same trailer.
I looked through the site and right now it shows a person shipping a Kawasaki cruiser from Las Vegas to Mid Ohio for $589.05.
I totally understand the nervousness. If you look at the bottom of the listing I posted, you will see that the shippers are rated just like eBay sellers. Each buyer can rate their experience with each shipper.
I agree with Jim. Rent a U-Haul trailer and tow it down. I moved from Ohio to San Diego. Rented U-Haul's biggest trailer. Tied down the bike towards the front and put some stuff in with it all secured and tied down. No problems at all. Pulled it with a Pathfinder.
I do know a good shipper I can also put you in touch with.
If you are thinking of hiring a transporter you must be registered with the DOT in order to haul bikes for hire. Otherwise no insurance will cover damages or theft from illegal haulers. There are sites like the one referenced above who allow illegal haulers to operate off their site. Hire fully DOT compliant companies like HawgTrax MotorSports. There you don't have to drain fluids due to all hazmat requirements are met by the carrier. If you need help with this LMK
I am getting ready for a move also but not as far as you. Since I have two car and the niner and just two of us and my wife is not allowed on the niner this is what we are doing.
I went down to the local Honda shop and talked to a guy in the parts department. I got a shipping plate that was used to ship a new bike to the dealer. About 4 foot wide several feet long. It was not made of a niner. but a different sized bike, some mods was made to it. What did was but some 2x4 down the side, installed some eye bolts for tie down straps. I also had to strengthed some of the cross member but had plenty of parts from the top and sides of the shipping plates. Normally when new bikes are shipped they remove the front wheel and bolts the front axle to a small plate in the front of the shipping plate. Oh be careful of sharp edges on the shipping plate....What I will do is place a 2x4 so the front tire rest against it and the same for the rear tire just to prevent rocking back and fourth. I have made a trail run and just plan to drive the niner up into the uhaul onto the plate and strap it in. No need to drain anything... Get there and reverse the process... Once I get to New Braunfels if anyone in the local area need the shipping plate they can pick it up. Shipping is out of the question, it is solid and would cost plenty...freebie....
This is the same way I shipped my ninja from Alaska. I bought it new and the dealer give me the shipping plate as part of the deal. 3 years later when I left, I used the same process when the movers stored it... No damage at all. It may sound like a lot of trouble but the niner will be secured....
sorry guys, i got hung up finishing school work and running around helping out at a friends farm... thanks for the info, i'm stopping to see tomorrow how big the box truck is, maybe i can squeeze the damn thing in the front.
barton... thanks for the offer, if worse comes to worse... i'll PM you, you can pay for the gas and tickets you'll get on the ride down haha
Forward Air should run you no more then $550, I've done it many times. I'm currently waiting on Haul Bikes to deliver my 919.....although it's costing $610 and taking WAY TOO LONG! But I'll give a review of them once I finally see it.
Check Out Reiss Automovers: Ask for Bill Reiss he is in FLA and weekly drives up the coast. You can cut out the middle man because companies like Motorcycle movers contacts out to guys like this. His truck is astounding because he moves alot of high end cars and collector cars. I'd bet good money it's nicer then many of our own houses. He shipped my 919 up from FLA to MD. I can not recommend enough.
Here's his contact info:
8606 White Cay
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
There's your plan and then there's God's plan.........
Your's doesn't matter.
You will be about as far South from me as you can be, but at least Brian is nearer to you along with probably others.
Good luck with the move, and I bet you find the room in the truck for the bike, I put mine on the back and dropped the door, it made it safe and sound, I did a ditty move while in the Military.
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Bikes I own:
New addition 1978 CB750Four
1994 home built springer
1984 KLR 600
1953 Servi-car (I gotta get this put back together)
1942 WLA (Gotta finish this one as well)
1985 Honda 200M ATC
1985 Honda ATC 70
1997 Yamaha Big Bear 350 4X4 ATV
Early 1984 Ironhead Sporty (Wife has laid claim to this bike)
1986 Sporty that I am putting a ironhead engine into
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