Are you moving and don’t know exactly how your motorcycle is going to get to your new home? We get it. Cars are simpler; depending on the distance, you can just drive it and bring along any especially important items you want to keep safe or have at the ready. Motorcycles don’t have that same luxury. Gas costs, storage space, physical effort, potential weather, and other general travel expenses make driving your motorcycle to a far-flung destination a fairly impractical option.

If you’re bringing your motorcycle on vacation or going to an out-of-state rally, having your motorcycle shipped still might be the best option. The peace of mind of having trusted shipping companies deliver your bike for you without having to worry one bit is priceless.

If you’re wondering, “how does motorcycle shipping even work?” - we’ve got you. We’ll lay out the process of shipping your motorcycle so that the task will seem a lot less daunting.

The short answer is that it works just like you would ship your car. There are a few methods to choose from, and plenty of shipping companies to help out; it’s just a matter of picking the right choice for you. For determining what’s the right choice for you? Read on.

What Does It Cost To Ship Your Motorcycle?

Like any other vehicle shipping, the cost is going to vary depending on how far you need your bike delivered, how quickly you need it delivered, the size and weight of it, and what delivery method you choose.

To start, look for shipping companies that will provide you with a free quote. This is a no-obligation part of the process, so request one, and then request another, and then request another. Compare different shipping companies' quotes and find the one that works for you. Make sure to look for honest companies with transparent prices to be sure there won’t be any surprise fees. At ShipLux, we work with you during the quoting process to calculate exactly what shipping your motorcycle will cost, so that the price we quote you is the price you’ll actually pay.

Who Should You Trust With Shipping Your Motorcycle?

While you’re requesting quotes you’re essentially interviewing each company to find out if they’re the right people to be shipping your motorcycle. So while you’re on their site, check for customer testimonials. Were other people impressed by the service provided? Look for testimonials that don’t just prove the motorcycle shipping company did a great job, but also show that the customers were treated the way you’d want to be treated.

When it comes to trusting someone to ship something as precious as our motorcycles, we don’t want just great service - we want professionals who will be honest, transparent, and willing to take care of us and answer our questions. Keep an eye out for 24/7 customer service and on-demand updates. Shipping your motorcycle is infinitely easier and less stressful when there’s someone standing by to answer any question you might have any time, day or night.

How Should You Ship Your Motorcycle?

Motorcycles can be shipped in the same way that cars can, meaning open or enclosed shipping. Open shipping trailers are open on the top and sides and enclosed shipping trailers are protected on all sides. Cars are shipped on open trailers every day without any problems, but cars are also designed with all the important bits already protected. On many motorcycles, crucial elements are more exposed (an errant pebble lodged in the engine? No, thanks!) making it that much riskier to ship on an open trailer.

Ultimately, the choice is yours - but if you’re wondering why anyone would ship their precious bike on a wide-open truck bed, believe us, we’re with you.

At ShipLux, we’re proud to be among the few vehicle transport companies who only offer enclosed shipping for motorcycles because we find it’s simpler, safer, and we want our customers’ prized possessions to be as secure as possible from weather, road debris, and prying eyes. Not only is it safer, but with ShipLux, all our enclosed vehicle shipments come with White Glove Treatment included (other companies charge extra for this), meaning it’ll have the same high-polished shine to it when it comes off our trailer as it did when it went on. We know you take care of your motorcycle, so we’ll take care of you. We believe that it’s never worth the risk and we won’t even let you expose your bike to potentially harmful elements while it’s in our care.

Your motorcycle is more than just transportation. It’s an expression of your personality and a symbol of freedom. Make sure you find a company that offers the type of shipping you want for your motorcycle, and who will transport your bike with the care it deserves.

Once you’ve found your trusted company, all you have to do is prep your motorcycle for shipping. Then you can go about your business, because you know your motorcycle is in good hands.

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Trust ShipLux With Your Motorcycle

Shipping your motorcycle isn’t complicated and it doesn’t have to be. No matter which bike shipping company you choose, make sure it’s one you’ll trust to take care of your property and make the process as seamless as possible. At ShipLux, we became vehicle shipping professionals because we genuinely love cars, motorcycles, and peace of mind, so what we have to offer is the highest level of service.
With our proprietary, omni-channel communication system and 24/7 customer care, you’ll never be left wondering what’s going on with shipping your motorcycle. Contact us today to get a free, transparent price quote and leave the hard work to us.