Some of us have dreamed of hopping on a motorcycle and hitting the highway on a long journey. The freedom that the open air provides us is relaxing, a little bit rebellious and with no schedule to follow, a tour across the country could be just the thing to gain a new perspective on life.
But, if you are moving because of a new job, or relocating and need to follow a schedule, hopping on that motorcycle with no deadline to get to your new destination, just might not be an option. Shipping a motorcycle or transporting it in another way might be your best option if you cant afford the time to ride off into the sunset.
So, you are probably asking: “How do I move my motorcycle across country?” We have a few ideas.
The first thing you should do is ask your moving company if they offer motorcycle shipping. Moving companies that ship motorcycles are not all created equal, so you have to shop around to make sure you are comfortable with your choice. Prices vary and their methods vary as well. Some may build a custom crate for your bike, while others may have another method for securing your motorcycle across country. You’ll need to decide when you need your bike and if you want it to arrive during your regular shipment. You’ll also have to prep your motorcycle to be shipped including draining some or all of the fuel out of the tank. The moving company will inform you if other preparation is needed.
Rent A Trailer
If you and your family have decided to drive across country, you may want to rent a trailer to hook on to the back of your vehicle. You’ll have your bike with you the entire time and it won’t be out of your sight. There are pros and cons to renting a trailer. First, if you have never driven a vehicle with a trailer attached, you’ll need to get used to that. Your vehicle drives very different when a trailer is attached and if you are not careful, you could end up losing the trailer and having a serious accident. You’ll also experience limited parking options when making stops along your way. And, if you are breaking up your journey across country, you’ll have to leave you bike out all night during your sleep overs.
On the positive side, you may save on shipping costs and only need to purchase a small rider on the rental agreement to cover your possible liabilities.
Rent A Truck
If you are weary about renting a trailer, you could rent a small truck to transport your motorcycle. Your bike will be covered and locked up tight in a small truck and you won’t have to worry about a trailer behind you that could be difficult to maneuver. You’ll need to make sure the bike is secured properly in that truck to ensure it will not tip over and cause damage.
A couple downsides are the fact that you could be separated from the rest of your family as you drive your truck across country. And, you’ll quite possibly be spending a lot on fuel as a truck of that size could eat up a lot of gas.
Hitting The Road!
Alright, so you could just hop on your bike with a small backpack and ride to your next destination. You’ll be out in the open, free to stop whenever you feel like it and see sites that you may not otherwise have the chance to see. Our expert moving crews when they travel across county love to see new sites and it’s one of the things they love about working for a moving company.
Whatever you choose, make sure it’s the best method for your personal situation, and that you protect your investment in the process.