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What You Need to Know About Motorcycle Shipping

What You Need to Know About Motorcycle Shipping

Whether you are moving across the country for a new job or buying a motorcycle from across the country, motorcycle shipping is a reliable and risk-free way to transport your bike over long distances. Below, we’ll show you how motorcycle shipping works, answer FAQs about motorcycle shipping and explain the benefits of using PAL for shipping your motorcycle.

How Motorcycle Shipping Works

Shipping your motorcycle across the country or overseas isn’t as difficult as it seems. When transporting your bike across the USA, the shipping methods include train transportation and trailer transportation. Trailer transportation is the most common and provides the most effortless pickup and delivery processes.

When you choose to ship your motorcycle with Preowned Auto Logistics, you can either drop off your motorcycle at one of our facilities or request our door-to-door service. Our drivers will inspect your bike and load it onto the trailer to be transported to the new destination. Once your motorcycle arrives at the new destination, we will inspect it to ensure it is in the same condition it left in. This service makes it easy for you to travel without having to worry about driving your motorcycle across the country.

Benefits of Shipping Your Motorcycle

Driving your motorcycle across the country may seem like a fun road trip. However, when you are moving for work, buying or selling a motorcycle, or need to transport your bike without driving it, motorcycle shipping is a great option.

Whenever you drive your motorcycle, you are at risk for an accident; however, driving long distances on the highway increases the risk dramatically. You are bound to encounter problems like poor weather conditions, reckless drives, debris on the road, and more. Shipping your motorcycle is the safest way to get you and your bike to your new destination. Additionally, it will save you time and money to ship your motorcycle instead of driving it yourself.

What to Look for in a Motorcycle Shipping Company

Whenever you ship an expensive item like a car or a motorcycle, you’ll want to do some research about the company that’s moving your vehicle. Look for an auto shipping company that is highly reputable and provides coverage for your vehicle while in transit. You’ll want to ask your carrier about the shipping conditions for your bike, whether it will be an enclosed shipping trailer or an open shipping trailer. Additionally, you’ll need to ask the carrier about the pick-up and drop-off options.

How to Avoid Motorcycle Shipping Scams?

Once you’ve found a few carriers you like, get a quote for shipping your motorcycle. It’s essential to get multiple quotes so that you know what the standard pricing looks like. If you see any numbers that seem much below the average, you can safely assume that it is a scam. Many scammers try to bait you with low prices and then request additional payments. Some will even take the initial payment and then disappear after taking your money. Weed out potential threats by learning what most companies charge for motorcycle shipping.

How to Prepare Your Bike for Shipping

Once you’ve picked a company, you’ll need to set up a time to drop off your motorcycle or have it picked up from your home. Then, it’s time to get your bike ready to ship!

Remove All Personal Items

Before your bike is picked up for transportation, you should remove all personal items. This should include cameras, GPS, side bags, etc.

Battery & Fuel

Your carrier will need to load and unload the motorcycle, but you shouldn’t ship it with a full tank. Aim for ½ of a tank or less to ensure there’s enough fuel to move the bike, but not too much. Be sure to charge the battery before pickup.

Check Tires & Test for Leaks

Check for any leaks in your system, and be sure to repair them before transportation. Additionally, you should inflate your tires.

Unlock the Steering Wheel & Remove the Keys

Before pickup, be sure to unlock the steering wheel and remove the keys. This will help your driver load the bike onto the trailer and get it safely secured.

Why Should You Choose Preowned Auto Logistics?

At Preowned Auto Logistics, we take the safety of your motorcycle seriously. We provide numerous drop-off locations throughout the USA, so that PAL is always just a phone call away.

Our drivers are all highly experienced transportation drivers with clean driving histories. We provide regular updates during transportation so that you’ll always know when your motorcycle is arriving at the new location. If you are looking for risk-free, high-quality customer service for your motorcycle shipping, choose Preowned Auto Logistics.

Get The Best Rate on Motorcycle Shipping﹘ Request a Quote Today

Get your motorcycle shipped across the country quickly and efficiently when you choose Preowned Auto Logistics. Give us a call at 877.542.1955 and receive a custom quote.


Q: How long does it take to ship a motorcycle?

A: Shipping within the United States usually takes 10-14 days. Be sure to ask your carrier about an expected delivery date upon booking.

Q: How do I spot a motorcycle shipping scam?

A: First, remember that if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Second, get everything in writing and be sure to read the fine print.

Q: How much does it cost to ship a motorcycle across the country?

A: The precise cost will vary from company to company and by the mileage required, but a good rule of thumb is to look for companies that charge approximately $300-$600 per 1000 miles.