Guide For Shipping Motor Cycles

Aug, 10, 2017 / Admin

Have you purchased a new bike and want to transport it cross country or overseas? Or have you moved locations of living and want to ship your motor bike to the new location?

A motorcycle transporter new York will help you move the bike or motorcycle to the new location. First consideration, especially if you’re shipping the vehicle overseas, is what type of shipping you need- by sea or by air? The time frame with which you want to take delivery of the bike at its new location is one factor.

Air-freight is faster but more costly. Ocean can take weeks but is the most economical way to ship the bike internationally. Your choice depends on budget, distance and delivery time.

Preparation For Shipping:

Before shipping, one must take care of some details:

  • Clean motorcycle of all tough dirt and ensure that wheels and tires are free from soil deposits.
  • Do a pre-shipping inspection of bike and make a note on any damages, dents or scratches.
  • In case bike is in running condition, check battery, fluids, tire pressure etc.
  • Remove all loose items, accessories and alarms and keep them in safe custody
  • One should keep fuel tank filled only till 1/4th capacity during shipment.
  •  Take photos the bike before shipping and after taking delivery
  • Consult with carrier about transport insurance to cover for any damages incurred using transit.

Mode Of Shipment

Apart from riding the bike to its new destination, those endeavoring to transport their bikes face two options: closed and open shipping. The method chosen depends on the requirements of the shipper and each mode has its own drawbacks and benefits.

Whether you are a dealer wanting to ship bikes or the private owner of a motor cycle, it is vital you understand the logistics regarding shipping your bike from pick-up to delivery at new location.

 If you are considering the cheapest option, your best bet is open transport, though it comes with several caveats. In this case, bike is transported on a bike or motorcycle carrier, which is akin to bike holders on a public bus.

In case of open transport, bike is exposed to the elements while shipping and so is prone to wear and tear resulting in damages during transit. This involves incurring of additional cost, particularly when damages were pre-existing but not noted down before shipping.

The next in line for shipping options is packaging and crating motor bike. Though this method provides more protection, it is expensive and time-consuming. This usually results in cutting corners and increases the chances of some mishap during the shipping process.

Just akin to the bike, the process of crating and shipping the bike involves several moving parts. Apart from being time consuming, crating is also prohibitively expensive. For packing the bike, numerous tools are necessary to pack the bike safely and reduce chances of damage. If you don’t already own such tools, buying fresh ones can be expensive.

It is good to leave the job of transporting the bike to a professional carrier. They will determine the best and most cost-effective mode of shipment and offer a suitable quote for transport. For example you can consult motorcycle shipping services NYC.



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