Never have shipped one before. Recommendations for a good shipper that can do it without scratching one up.
I have used Federal Motorcycle Transport once, a few years back. Shipping bikes is their thing. Fast and painless (they did everything, door-to-door), for a thousand mile trip, safe and secured on a big pallet. Cheaper than a one-way plane ticket for me to make the same trip. Computer tracking during the trip, too. Call for cost and time estimates.
I used uship.com recently to ship two vintage bikes fron SD to Idaho. With mine each offered bids to ship. I had bids from 700 to 1200 and decided on the 700 of course. UShip never asked me to set the price. The bikes were shipped in good company. There was a 1968 Rally Sport that was worth $125,000 going to Canada he also had in his trailer.
I had my new K1200RS shipped from Daytona, FL To Kokomo, IN by Keyboard Motorcycle shipping. Excellent service. They had it in a special rack to prevent from tipping over. I would definitely use them again.
Times I have considered a one-way trip I found purchasing a round trip ticket with overnight Saturday stay costs less than the one-way ticket on exactly the same flight and seat. Then you simply do not show for the return flight. And if things fall through on the purchase you have a way to return home.
That's right, sometimes. It depends on the origin and destination of the trip, though.
Since I needed a puddle-jumper connecting flight, that option was not cheaper in total, for my trip.
Still, it's a good thing to check out, if you might fly'n'ride on a bike purchase.
On my trip, I would have been to Denver on the fine Spring day when they got four feet of hail there.
Denver could not plow that much hail off the roads; I heard that they needed front-loaders and dump trucks.
I just laughed and laughed, as I was warm at home waiting for the shipper to bring my new-to-me FJR.
No problem for those guys!