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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-01-2020, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle transport recommendations?

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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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? Thanks,
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Only ever did that once, so I can't compare with other companies. I believe it cost me ~US$700.00 to bring my 2008 from UP Michigan to Salt Lake City (almost). Shipping was door-to-door; those guys did everything, and the bike came on its' own large pallet. They were great, and the office staff was friendly, giving me good updates. The cost was less than a plane ticket one-way to the bike, making the choice a no-brainer. The Rocky Mountains got FEET of hail that same weekend, so you can imagine how much fun a fly-n-ride would have been then (in June!).

Federal Motorcycle Transport, AKA:

https://www.funtransport.com/


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400 Miles ? Rent a car one way ... Ride her back ... Wear gloves at the gas stations ...

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Yeah man, moving bike 400 miles usually costs about $18-20 in gas.

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uship.com if you want to find a professional mover. But not many are working right now. I now own a 2016ES sitting in New Hampshire that I can't get transported to San Antonio.
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dumb question on my part but which direction from Denver is the bike....buddy with pickup or trailer??
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uship.com if you want to find a professional mover. But not many are working right now. I now own a 2016ES sitting in New Hampshire that I can't get transported to San Antonio.
^ this. I have used Uship twice and both times were flawless. Great people, took immaculate care of our motorcycles. They had the tie-downs and all other necessary gear. The trailers were enclosed.

Prices all depend upon who is bidding, demand, time of year etc. If I told you each time cost $X, the current rate might be higher or lower and that might unfairly sway your opinion.

The one-way car rental sounds fun too, just be sure to calculate potential fatigue factor and rest time.

Good luck and keep us posted!

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The last people I know who shipped a bike it was almost a grand.



Buddy with a pick up and ramp.

Hire a buddy with a pickup and ramp
barrow a trailer
rent a trailer

rent a truck.

rent a car one way.

Ask seller to deliver.

Pay seller to deliver.

Ask seller to deliver half way.

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Just to add, if feasible, U-Haul rents an excellent, if heavy, "motorcycle" trailer we've used a number of times. It's $15 a day not counting any insurance upgrades they talk you in to.
Darn thing weighs about 800 pounds, so if you get hit, the other guy loses.
So even if you spend $350 on a quality hitch installation, you're likely still money ahead.
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The last people I know who shipped a bike it was almost a grand
I was looking at $650 from New Hampshire to San Antonio until the shipper got sick (post-op infection). When I bought my 2005 in 2014, it was $400 from Milwaukee to Columbus, Ohio.

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