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Old 08-07-2013, 09:24 AM   #1
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Motorcycle Shipping?

Has anyone shipped a bike before? I am trying to ship a bike from Charlotte, NC to Houston. I've never done this before but I found www.shippingmasters.com on google and see from door to door it would be $650. This sounds high to me because I always thought shipping a car that distance would be in the $500 range... not a bike.

Does anyone know the best avenue for doing this? Or by chance, is someone going to be in NC in the next couple weeks with a truck?
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:27 AM   #2
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I use JCMOTORS. DOnt listen to people here who will tell you to use places like USHIP where they bid on your . You'll get a jacked up bike, ive seen it many times. Use JCMotors or someone similar and MAX out your insurance for shipping, also take tons of pics before you ship.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:45 AM   #3
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JCMotors appears to be just a retail website? Don't see anything related to motorcycle shipping
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:49 AM   #4
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:50 AM   #5
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Most light freight companies will do it as long as you prepare the bike in a crate. I've done it many times in the past and always paid under $500. The key is to crate the bike if you don't want any damage. And I'm talking skeleton crate and shrink wrap.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:51 AM   #6
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:07 AM   #7
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I had a brand new bike shipped from Indiana to Houston by JCMotors for $450. They scheduled the pickup in 3wks and delivery was about 1wk after. 18wheeler came with the bike secured to a large rollable platform, which was unloaded off the truck, then they guy untethered the bike and rolled it off the skid. I'm guessing the skid probably changed truck at least once. Very professional.

I've heard some good results with Uship. It's a crapshoot I guess.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:38 PM   #8
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I had my car shipped from Dallas to New York and it was 500$. Got there fine in 1 week. Second group who had cars shipped took nearly a month, and when they found the trailer it had be abandoned. Plus the chef's new bug had been sliced in half by the ramp mech. You just never know.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:58 PM   #10
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Try WWW.haul bikes.com 1 888 haul bikes I ship bikes through them.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:41 PM   #11
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i've used forward air before. bike is strapped down in an enclosed crate.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:51 PM   #12
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Has anyone shipped a bike before? I am trying to ship a bike from Charlotte, NC to Houston. I've never done this before but I found www.shippingmasters.com on google and see from door to door it would be $650. This sounds high to me because I always thought shipping a car that distance would be in the $500 range... not a bike.

Does anyone know the best avenue for doing this? Or by chance, is someone going to be in NC in the next couple weeks with a truck?
Better off renting a one way rental.
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I've used Uship before. Be sure to have the shipper document every little bit of the bike's condition & take pictures if possible. Once you receive it, before you sign the recit etc, be sure to go over every little bit also. I used Josh Hering's dad for my last purchase and he screwed me pretty good. I was there the day the bike was loaded and when I got it, they'd dropped something on the tank and covered it up (really job which looked like a 5th grader did it with liquid paper) I kept email them, but he never bothered to answer back. Karma's a BIAAATCH though (nothing bad being wished on Josh)

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Most light freight companies will do it as long as you prepare the bike in a crate. I've done it many times in the past and always paid under $500. The key is to crate the bike if you don't want any damage. And I'm talking skeleton crate and shrink wrap.
This... I've shipped a few of my older bikes as mentioned above, lots of bubble/shrink wrap after ensuring it's well anchored to a hardened plastic or metal crate... $500ish should be what your looking at.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:41 PM   #15
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This dude did me right when he brought my buell down, best price I could find and got it here in 4 days.

David Chick, Chicks Auto Shipper, 573-721-4053. He's an independent small business owner just working to provide for his family. Give him a shot if it's not too late.
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My SXV was shipped from Michigan for, like, $450. I think the previous owner found an LTL shipper on uship.com
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ride it home, I did that exact trip Raleigh, NC go Houston

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Dis right chere. I used them before they are awesome
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:57 PM   #18
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from the shippers side?
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what all do you have to do ship a bike? take it to their location and strap it down?

from the shippers side?
that's what we did when we used forward air a few years ago. the terminal was somwhere near hardy and bw8. brought the bike there, they brought out a crate, used our own straps to strap it down and away it went. bike was fully enclosed in a hard crate.
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:43 PM   #20
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find an LTL , i was looking for the guy i used last his name is Vince Solo Gil real professional guy had about 7 bikes going from houston to california and back moved bikes very often would use him again.

vicsolo@earthlink.net

worth an email. tell him James, Suzuki GT750 referred you.

oops found the phone number: (562) 712-4823

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