Auto Shipping FAQ: How Does Motorcycle Transport Work?
Transporting a motorcycle is a large part of the auto transport industry today. As motorcycles become increasingly popular modes of transportation, the demand for the transportation of motorcycles increases, which is good news for anyone that actually ships motorcycles. Not all auto transporters can haul a motorcycle, mind you; they’re not shipped like regular cars or trucks, and can’t fit in the same types of restraints and harnesses that are used to secure cars and the like to the transport truck. Thirty years ago it was much more difficult to find dedicated motorcycle transportation companies; today, however, it’s as easy as filling out a free form on a website and getting in contact directly with those motorcycle shippers. In this helpful blog post we’ll detail some of the differences between shipping a motorcycle and a standard car or truck, and also explain how that affects different aspects of your auto transport experience, from price to pickup times and more.
Motorcycles are typically crated before transport, with the crate being built around the motorcycle. Because of the differences inherent in a motorcycle when compared to a car, they can’t be shipped the same way, and a crate does a lot of good things when it comes to moving a motorcycle. For starters, crates protect the motorcycle from damage during transport. It also allows it to be shipped on a flatbed carrier as well as in an enclosed truck, giving auto shipping brokers more options when trying to find a motorcycle carrier for you, and it also has its own harness system to make sure that the motorcycle stays upright while it is in the crate. Crating allows for modular loading of a truck as well, maximizing space and allowing more vehicles to be transported at a time. This in turn lowers your price, and with crates being as easy to assemble as they are (rarely does construction of a crate take longer than an hour or two – it’s IKEA easy), auto transporters not only maximize space but also their time.
Other than the differences in securing the vehicle and the type of transport carrier they are on, shipping a motorcycle goes basically the same as any other vehicle, from booking your order to waiting for dispatch to waiting for pickup and delivery, everything but the specific method of shipment and protection methods are exactly the same as they would be with any other type of vehicle being shipped. The price, of course, is different; because of the smaller nature and cost-cutting benefits of motorcycle transportation, costs are generally lower than that of a standard car (even on the lighter end of the weight spectrum). This is great news for people transporting their bikes across the country, but at the same time finding a carrier that specifically ships motorcycles may be a bit more difficult and take a bit longer, as they are not as prevalent as standard auto transport trucks. If you have questions, give us a call at 800-930-7417; if you’re looking for free motorcycle transport quotes, fill out our free form and make sure you select “motorcycle” as the model.