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Old 12-20-2006, 09:29 PM   #1
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Transportation of bike From FL to TX

Hey Guys,

I am interested in buying a bike that is currently in Florida. The bike is one of the most loved bikes of MH and the guy is giving me a deal that even the local sellers can't match.

The only problem is i'm very picky and i usully add the shipping and acquiring costs of the bike in the bike's value aswell.

So i wanted to know what you guys think is the best way to get a bike from FL to TX.

Please provide links of shippers that you guys think are reasonable and have had experiences with. $400-500 seems to be the going rate so if you know of someone that can do it for cheaper (reputable) i'd love you for life!

Please make sure the person or link you refer me to is less then $400 and you have some experience or know how about them.

Bike is located @ FL 33441.
Bike needs to be in TX 77478.

As always, thanks in advance guys!
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:31 PM   #3
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is the bike new? Is it on the crate?
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:46 PM   #4
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:48 PM   #5
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the reason why i ask is cause my GF's dad owns a moving company, they may be able to bring it but I need to know if the bike is ready for transportation or they have to make arrangements??
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my old man got his harley picked up in florida and brought here to our doorstep. he paid more then 400$. i think the price (well at least with the trucking company he used) was determined a lot by how many bikes they have to take to that area. for instance if they have to drop 10 bikes off in houston it would be a lot cheaper then if they only needed to bring one. ill try and see if he still has the number though
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What kinda bike and how much?
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Answer to some of your questions guys:

* The bike is not crated, its sitting at the right now owner's place in street form.

* What bike i will not mention, i like surprises.

* Going and getting it myself is not an option as its 20-22 hours away one way, unless somebody wants to lend me their truck and don't mind me putting close to 1500-1800 miles on it.

* I will look into Forward Air.

Any more companies guys, please let me know. I need all the help i can get.

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I work for Kitty Hawk at night, if you can get it ready to ship. Ready to ship as in a forklift can pick it up and move it, and then an accurate weight, I can get you a price quote.
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+1 - I used this company to ship my bike from Ohio to Houston. All you need to provide is a handle bar harness, 2 locks, and 4 straps. They put it inside a metal crate for you.
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ForwardAir is a No No for me..they are charging me over $600 from FL to TX.

There's a reputable company doing it for $450 right now but i wanna get something cheaper still being insured and all that..
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1170 miles
Average sport bike gets what, 30 mpg?
1170/30 = 39 gallons
Avg cost per gallon = 2.50
2.50 X 39 = 97.50
5 meals @ $8 each = 40.00
One-way Flight HOU to FLL = 99.00

If you can wait until '07, I'll do it for $325 plus a ride to the airport!

EDIT: I would need the seller to get me from the airport and I'd need the VIN to insure the bike before I leave.
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Don't be a poo-nanny!

Ride that bike back on your own. One of my many and sorted road trips on some of my bikes (and most enjoyable) was a trip I took to FLA. I took two days to get there 'cause I stopped in NOLA for fun. I stayed in FLA for a couple of days and had to drive back to TX straight through to beat a hurricane that was impinging on the Gulf Coast (11 hour trip made in 8... no tickets either!).

Ask Brian about his trip to Arkansas made in the same manner.

I also made the trip from Daytona to Houston straight through in one day after 9-11. All flights cancelled and no hope of getting home unless we kept our rental car (which they told me I couldn't take to TX, but I did anyway), but that's a whole 'nother story.

Everyone should make a trip like this, especially if this is the bike you were asking me about today. You'll never forget it! Very liberating! I did trips like this many times without a cell phone! *gasp*!

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Its different doing those trips with trucks. But doing those trips with a 3-Series or a Camry (both sedans) umm i don't know.

I'll have to think about it again.

Squeaky thanks for the offer..

but i don't think riding it back would be safe/advised at the moment. Given the weather condition + when you find out what bike it is - you'd probably pass yourself on riding that bike yourself.

Its not your avg. Inline 4 or Lightwight twin :confused1 :icon_bigg
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1170 miles
Average sport bike gets what, 30 mpg?
1170/30 = 39 gallons
Avg cost per gallon = 2.50
2.50 X 39 = 97.50
5 meals @ $8 each = 40.00
One-way Flight HOU to FLL = 99.00

If you can wait until '07, I'll do it for $325 plus a ride to the airport!

EDIT: I would need the seller to get me from the airport and I'd need the VIN to insure the bike before I leave.
Plus a new back tire when you get home b/c of the flat spot. $160.00
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:02 AM   #18
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just tell us what bike it is.....I'd say forward air......heard nothing but good things about them.

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Old 12-21-2006, 10:36 AM   #19
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I am in the oilfield and have a lot of transportation charges, and 400 - 600 is a good rate for that distance. You have to consider, like one comment made, that if you can find a truck already headed this way with other cargo then it will be cheaper, but for a one item ship, then you are going to pay. Gas has gone up, which is the major componet of shipping, and plus you are trying to ship during the holidays, which raises the cost. Good Luck
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I'd rent/borrow a truck and go get it my self, that way you could check it out first. It's hard to trust people, especially not with that kind of sale (car/boat/motorcycle). If it were a dealer I'd be more willing to trust them, but not an individual. g/l
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