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Kannon

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I am about to buy a bike located half-way across the country and I'm thinking about having it shipped instead of going to pick it up. Does anyone have a recomendation for a motorcycle shipper? There are several that advertise that they are specialists in bike shipping, but I would like some insight as to which ones are good and which to stay away from. Also, any ideas on what would be a fair price to pay for shipping a bike about 1200 miles? I have a loading dock and fork truck at this end but would need a lift gate at the sellers end.

Anyone done this before?

 

Thanks,

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Kannon

I used the Federal Company to ship my bike from SoCal to Kalispell, Mt. and they did a great job. The owner can take your new bike to a local motorcycle dealer and the Federal Company will pick it up there so you don't have to worry about a lift gate. I took my BMW to the Honda dealer a mile from the house and they picked it up. Regarding the cost to ship I cannot imagine shipping a bike 1200 miles for $650. I bought a bike in Tx last year and checked on shipping and it was at least $800 to ship it. I rode it back for about $200-$250 which included fuel, camping/lodging, and food. I did the 2000 mile ride in 4 days. It was a blast so my advice would be to fly out and ride it back.

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www.haulbikes.com will pick it up at the sellers and bring it to your door, they only do bikes and use a liftgate style loader so no need for a ramp, dock or forklift. I used them last year and was very pleased with the price and the service....
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I just did the same -- bought a bike from BMW of San Jose, rode over 1000 miles in California, then returned the bike to BMWSJ for the break in service and shipping home. They tell me they will ship using 1AA Motorcycle Shippers, that they have used this firm for numerous shipping deals, and that they have never had any problem. Also, they will ship to my home for no extra charge.

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Haulbikes.com damaged my 04 RT and it took months to settle the claim. They did pay. In the end they blamed the driver. I told them and the driver how the bike needed to be tied down and they did not do it. I would never use them again. Good luck.

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Jimmy2Time

I used JC Motors /Motorcycle shipping to transport a R1100RT from California to Portland, OR.

Price was reasonable but it took forever, 11 days. Sometimes that is the luck of the draw with truck’s schedules and availability.

The good thing is you can track your shipment. Unfortunately, the bad thing is you can track your shipment and see it sitting in a warehouse for 4 days waiting for a truck to pick it up to deliver it to your destination. It drove me crazy.

 

I had A&S Motors there to make sure they put the tie-downs on properly to the motorcycle pallet.

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