shipping a bike

Who is the best company to have a bike shipped? I am looking at a bike in california and want someone dependable and affordable.

http://www.forwardair.com I have shipped 3 bikes using them and it was anywhere from $120-160 and gets to the destination in < 48hrs

I second Forward Air. They are cheap fast and reliable. But, they only ship to their terminals so you have to be close to one to use them.

But how do you go about crating it. Where can you get a crate? How?

Your local dealer should have lots of them.

I've used a different type of transportation service, one that picks the car/motorcycle up from where ever and delivers it to your house. You do not need to crate it, it gets gently set in the upper deck of a 65' tractor-trailer rig. There are a bunch of these carriers, but I've had good luck with:

Wisco Transport, Inc.

Phone: 800-249-4726

Fax: 920-386-4671

Web: www.wiscotransport.com

The last bike I had shipped shared tractor-trailer space with one Lamborgini and a couple of Porsches.

Good luck.

Originally posted by Husker Mike:

I've used a different type of transportation service, one that picks the car/motorcycle up from where ever and delivers it to your house. You do not need to crate it, it gets gently set in the upper deck of a 65' tractor-trailer rig. There are a bunch of these carriers, but I've had good luck with:

Wisco Transport, Inc.

Phone: 800-249-4726

Fax: 920-386-4671

Web: www.wiscotransport.com

The last bike I had shipped shared tractor-trailer space with one Lamborgini and a couple of Porsches.

Good luck.

It also costs between $600-$800, right?

When I shipped a bike, it had to be in a crate. We got the crate from the local dealer. They will give them to you, otherwise they throw them out. They also tell you to drain the oil & gas or they won't take it.

WestLA,

You're right, it's not exactly cheap. I bought a bike in Tacoma, WA and had it shipping to me in Orange County, CA and it cost me $425. However, that's delivered to my door at the time I specify, no crating involved and it has complete damage insurance.

I use this service when buying antique bikes or any non-dirt bike that is supposed to be cosmetically "perfect" so I do not have to worry about shipping damage. These guys do take very good care of the bikes (not to say that Forward Air or other similar services don't, I just have never used that sort of service).

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