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Jun 13th 2016, 01:24 PM   #1
FTW
 
  May 2016
  Tacoma

Ship Motorcycle across USA , How to?

Does anyone have experience with shipping a motorcycle across the country?

Freight forwarder or Uship?
Jun 13th 2016, 01:42 PM   #2
 
  May 2016
  Port Orchard, WA

  R1200RT, DR650
I used Uship about a year ago to move two bikes from Connecticut to Washington and was happy with both the service and the prices. You'll be able to see a number of bids and can do some research on the individual companies before you choose one.
Jun 13th 2016, 01:50 PM   #3
 1shinysideup's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  600RR
@JIMMYRAY31B wrote a great review about Motorcycle Shipping | HaulBikes Motorcycle Transport | on the other site.


the images didn't load but you get the idea, here it is:

When I did the online quote it was $650 door to door service. This was the best price I was finding for actual motorcycle shipping companies. On average others were $700-800. UShip was the cheapest that I found, but if anyone is familiar with them you know how that goes. People bid on your shipment. I only received one bid and it was from someone who just created an account. The bid was for $238. I did try to contact the bidder, but no dice. So I didn't trust that.

Anyways I contacted Haul Bikes and I talked to a woman named Chris and informed her what I wanted and where the bike was located and where I'm located. She told me they are having a special right now and it's $100 off so the price will be $550 door to door. I say "Sign me up then". Process is real easy. She sends you an email with a contract to fill out and a few pages for you to read about the process of the shipping, which is very simple. There is no hidden fee's, or small print, or nothing these people are hiding. It is all self explanatory and very stress free. So boom, Paper work filled out(15 minutes), faxed over, call them 5 minutes later, Chris says she's got, she tells me they will pick the bike up between March 6-9th. I filled the paperwork and faxed it on March 4th! They tell me it can take up to 3 weeks to get the bike to me.

Bike is picked up on March 8th at the shop in Olympia, WA. No problems and all went smooth. Strapped down and on it's way to Wisconsin to there central wearhouse were it will be dowloaded and picked up by another truck to be delivered to me in Missouri. Now this whole time Chris and the truck driver always keep me updated by either phone or email. And the whole time very professional and nice people.

So on March 18th I get a phone call from the driver and he says "hey I'll be in your area March 20th to drop off bike". I'm like "No shit, wow that was quicker then I thought". So cool! Well since I live on a Military base I didn't want the Driver and myself to have to go through a big hassle of getting him on base so I tell him to just meet me at a Wal-Mart in town and he says "No problem, just say the time and I'll be there".

So today he had no problems finding the Wal-Mart and was on time.

I snapped some pictures to show and I know everyone likes photos. The guy was super cool. Chatted it up a bit. Was prior military (Navy), lives on the road, literally in his truck and doesn't have a home. Said he keeps his bike stored in Missouri and a P.O Box out of Missouri. Also he said that in order for anyone to work for Haul Bikes they have to be a active rider.

The truck
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How it was loaded in. I was the 3rd to be unloaded on his trip.
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He showed me the 2nd level
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Well I hope this was some what informative for anyone and I would definitely recommend this company for hauling bikes.
Jun 13th 2016, 02:27 PM   #4
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

Contact Tim Weig. Motoshippers is his company. One of the highest rated motorcycle shippers in the US, local guy and former wmrra racer who continues to support the local motorcycle community.
Jun 13th 2016, 08:05 PM   #5
 
  May 2016
  Vancouver, WA

I can tell you one thing NOT to do: Don't let a household mover talk you into letting them take it. I made that mistake and it was a disaster. They didn't even strap it down in their truck, they relied on other things stacked on it to keep it from moving.
Jun 13th 2016, 08:33 PM   #6
 
  May 2016
  Port Orchard, WA

  R1200RT, DR650
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bardo
I can tell you one thing NOT to do: Don't let a household mover talk you into letting them take it. I made that mistake and it was a disaster. They didn't even strap it down in their truck, they relied on other things stacked on it to keep it from moving.
I got this same advice from a friend, they apparently just rolled his bike up into the back of the semi trailer along with household furniture and kinda wedged stuff around it, mattresses and blankets. Kickstand wasn't even down and they somehow got it knocked into first gear while it was making the trip, so he was convinced there'd been some internal transmission damage as well.
Jun 16th 2016, 01:32 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  McMinnville, OR

  CB160RR, CB550, SportClassic
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Originally Posted by 1shinysideup
@JIMMYRAY31B wrote a great review about Motorcycle Shipping | HaulBikes Motorcycle Transport | on the other site.
For what it's worth, I too had a great experience shipping cross-country with HaulBikes.

However, that was several years ago and now that I know about Tim Weig / Motoshippers, I'd be inclined to give them a try first (support the home team).
Jun 16th 2016, 02:47 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  renton aka the dirty south

  KTM SD 1290 / KTM SD 990 / TE300 / 150xcw / wr250 / CB350 / GROM / TTR50 / CRF 50 / XR100
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wyckedan
Contact Tim Weig. Motoshippers is his company. One of the highest rated motorcycle shippers in the US, local guy and former wmrra racer who continues to support the local motorcycle community.
Yes.. call tim. He is the man. Handles badass cars and bikes regularly..














































Daniel Tosh's Bronco





Oh.. and these two you might recognize

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Jun 17th 2016, 08:41 AM   #9
Mic
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  Jan 2016
  Washington

I don't know if it's been suggested yet, but call Tim Weig with Moto Shippers...

Contact information can be found on their website. Not sure if that's been posted yet either...

MOTOSHIPPERS.COM - MOTOSHIPPERS

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Jun 17th 2016, 01:20 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Snoqualmie, WA

  '09 Honda CBR1000RR (race), '04 RSV1000R (road), '97 KTM 380EXC (Dirt & SM), '11 Street Glide CVO
Tim is the man!!!! Great guy that gives back to the moto community - support his company!
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Jun 18th 2016, 04:07 AM   #11
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Theoretical Propagandist
 
  Jan 2016
  Washington

  Peoples nerves at times.
I have heard there is this guy named Tim Weig... Seriously, he was rated the #1 shipper in America out of 70,000 shippers...or was it 700,000. It was a crazy serious number, but hands down he is simply the most honest and caring person you will ever find to move your ride (of any kind) across the US.
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Jun 18th 2016, 04:32 AM   #12
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  May 2016
  Olympia, WA

  1996 Kat 600 "Ras-tana"
Is anyone even reading the replies?

just sayin...
Jun 18th 2016, 09:43 AM   #13
 sunofnun's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  renton aka the dirty south

  KTM SD 1290 / KTM SD 990 / TE300 / 150xcw / wr250 / CB350 / GROM / TTR50 / CRF 50 / XR100
Ohhh Smokey..


What are you.. New or something?






























My Shoeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

BBQ sauce...

Illegal gravel.
Jun 18th 2016, 11:12 AM   #14
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  May 2016
  Olympia, WA

  1996 Kat 600 "Ras-tana"
Yes. yes i am.... lol





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