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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-17-2019, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle shipping companies?

Has anyone here shipped a motorcycle and do you have recommendations as far as shippers you've had good luck with that are affordable?



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Haul Bikes may not be the cheapest, but the ones that picked up one of my bikes were riders and knew how to treat the bikes.

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I am a haulbikes dealer so I ship everything with them. I have had bikes shipped in by the owners who try to get the best deal and the bikes are loaded with furniture and lawnmowers and other items. And at times damaged. Haulbikes takes video of every bike before and after and emails you this info for verification they did not damage anything. Pricewise they are actually cheaper than most however schedule wise they are not good as one can wait 3-4 weeks for delivery.

Typical is $525 for a bike and $726 for trikes

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I am a haulbikes dealer so I ship everything with them. I have had bikes shipped in by the owners who try to get the best deal and the bikes are loaded with furniture and lawnmowers and other items. And at times damaged. Haulbikes takes video of every bike before and after and emails you this info for verification they did not damage anything. Pricewise they are actually cheaper than most however schedule wise they are not good as one can wait 3-4 weeks for delivery.

Typical is $525 for a bike and $726 for trikes
I actually asked them for a quote for a GL1800 shipped from CO to ID, about 1200 miles for $699. You're right about the scheduling, if they picked up next week it could take until the end of Aug. to get the bike. A possible long time sitting on a truck somewhere. The timing of the Sturgis Rally may have something to do with it as some of these shippers haul bike to and from the rally I believe. A friend who lives locally purchased a bike from the LA area approximately 2-3 years ago and Haulbikes transported it then for $450. LA to here and Colorado Springs to here are approximately the same distance. He was happy with their service.

I've asked for a quote through Uship and they estimated up to $500 when I entered my information, but the bids coming in through them so far are over 3 times that amount!

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I will never use uShip, as that is what they do. They offer a certain amount and the bids are never even close.

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I will never use uShip, as that is what they do. They offer a certain amount and the bids are never even close.
You have to understand Uship is not a shipper they are a broker only. shippers bid on shipping with Uship and normally high as Uship being a broker simply takes a cut.

You have to go directly to shippers and skip the Uship outfit if you want a deal.

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Something else to consider when shipping a bike (or anything on wheels/tracks). Lots of haulers insist that a machine is either crated or palletized with protective wrap over it to prevent in transit damage. Over and above that, many will still not cover any damage that occurs during shipping...owner's responsibility (read: $$ expense). This often includes crated items. Be careful and get everything in writing before hand to avoid costly disappointing surprises.

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Haulbikes will cover damage and do not require or recommend crating however they do require removal of the windshield as they use double decker trailers which can only accommodate 54" in height. Actually I came home just now to schedule a shipping so what a kawinkadink.

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We have used Tony Caruso +1 (940) 642-8292 and his brother to ship in the past. Bikes and trikes are loaded individually without pallets or wrap fully enclosed trailer. No other items in trailer, like furniture or lawn mowers etc. Great communication and yes they inspected and provided pictures before transit. I would definitely use them again for any future bike/trike shipments.
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