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post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-02-2020, 07:55 PM
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I shipped a K1200RS from Daytona, FL to Kokomo, IN for $500 using Keyboard Motorcycle Shipping.
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post #12 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-02-2020, 09:03 PM
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Right now I would say the best option is go drive and get it yourself if you can take a Uhaul trailer with you if your car/truck has tow package.

Last year I did a Uhaul motorcycle trailer with my SUV, a 4runner from Wheaton, IL to Missouri and back to Chicago same day. I left 4 am and was back 10 pm same day ! I think 1100 miles or so round trip

Many uship drivers are not going these days but you can make a listing online and see if someone available your route.

I would say at the moment just wait till things get back to normal in May !
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I'm looking to pull the trigger on an 07 about 400 miles away. Flying right now doesn't appeal to me. Anyone have experience with a Motorcycle transport company? What were the per mile costs?

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Yes buddy last week i done it. I used enclosed motorcycle transport as i want optimal protection.
I shipped my bike using this motorcycle transport company (Citienshipper) as i got quality service over there. The pricing was pretty descent there.

I think for your 400 miles there can be a possible pricing near $200.

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I trailered a bike from Shreveport, LA to Aggieland. 230 mi one way.

One day trailer rental, couple tanks of gas, for my '95 Rodeo, Coupe of stops for food, and bio. It was a great day, and only cost me $1,500 for the 1980 XS11SG, and about $100 for everything else.

Can you rent a car one way, and have a blast getting to know the new bike, on the way home? I might consider that!

It is stupid pricey, but what the heck, how about a "trailer in a Bag?" https://www.stingertrailer.com/produ...iler-in-a-bag/

It fits in a trunk, unassembled, and can bring a bike anywhere! Says it has a 2,000 lb axle.

Might be a good tool to have a club buy!

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We eventually found a used Kendon single-place fold-up trailer at a tolerable price locally. These are absolutely excellent trailers and fit into a 2x7' space with ease. The Missus has no trouble unberthing, unfolding, and hitching up the thing to her car.
It's been used for several project bikes and probably has paid for itself in some different ways.
We had high-quality hitches installed on both her new SUV and my older Astro van (which gets the dog-body work of course).
A little bit ago I finished up a project bike I wish I'd kept, a crashed Ducati ST2. I managed to get it into pretty fine shape and running very nicely (for a spaghetti-bender with marinara for an ECU).
A buyer bit hard and really wanted it. He was a long-ago Duc owner and was hot to get back on a two-valver. But he was in the Detroit area and just plain couldn't figure out how to get the bike the 300 miles home.
He tried shippers and looked at renting trucks and trailers and what-all, but just couldn't get it done.
Finally, I got to the point where I said, "if you pay the asking price, I'll ride it there to a hotel next to the Dearborn Amtrak station and you can pick it up there."
He agreed, and I spent a lovely day with the Eyetie charmer, plunking along on US 12, the Chicago Road as the Michiganders call it until we met up as described. He paid in Venmo, I spent the night and grabbed the Wolverine back to Chicago Union (for a measly thirty-eight bucks), and thence home via Metra commuter rail. Pretty as a picture.
Too bad I started to fall in love with the stupid thing on the ride there.
Then I just recently picked a low-priced V-Strom 650 off of the Madison, Wisconsin Craigslist and just couldn't handle the thought of dr-dr-driving a c-ca-car all that way (170 miles).
So I zipped into downtown Chicago on a near-deserted commuter train (eight cars, a thousand seats, and maybe 30 people on the whole train), grabbed an intercity bus to Madison, where the seller met me at the bus station. Fifteen minutes later, I was homebound on a dubiously-maintained Wee with socked-out steering head bearings and who knows what else not in order.
But it got done.
Yes, I felt pretty darn lucky when I pulled into my garage on that one.
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Iíve ridden us12 across Michigan multiple times, beautiful ride ! Very relaxed ride, you canít be-in a hurry. Hopefully you avoided I94 which is just pure craziness there. US12 would certainly be fun on a Duc !

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Well, now I gotta go look at US12 on a Geo map!

When I can't ride, I go look at a map in satellite mode and dream of that ride...

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Ha. US12 in Illinois and Michigan isn't a technical road in terms of curves and challenges, it's just an old, traditional two-lane main through highway between downtown Chicago and Detroit.
I don't normally get east on 12 past Niles, Michigan, or so, so it was a good trip. And paid for, making it even better.

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I'm confused. Why would anyone trailer an FJR when they could ride it? I saw a trailering of less than 500 miles which confuses me even more.
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Well, if you're by yourself and you need to get a bike home, it's the usual choice, since you need to get to the bike first.
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