While motorcycles make for good transportation, you can’t always ride yours to wherever you may be traveling. If you decide to transport your motorcycle by trailer or truck, ensure to secure it correctly using ratchet straps to stop it from tipping over in transit. If you opt to hire a shipping company, make sure you know the services they offer and what to do if your motorcycle is damaged along the way.
Shipping a Motorcycle
Call local moving company for a price quote. There are several national and regional companies that can ship your motorcycle, but you want to get a good deal from a trustworthy business. Start by looking up local moving companies online. Once you find some you like, call them to get a price quote on shipping your motorcycle.
You should get at least three quotes to make sure you have some idea of a reasonable price.
Securing a Motorcycle to a Truck or Trailer
Get the necessary tools and materials. In order to firmly strap your motorcycle in the bed of a pickup truck or a trailer, you will need three ratchet straps with at least one soft or heavy-duty loop for your straps that is made to stop damage from rubbing on painted components of your motorcycle. You may also decide to use a wheel chock, but it isn’t required.
Wheel chocks are for heavier motorcycles like cruisers and grand touring bikes.
Loading a Motorcycle into a Pickup Truck
Park the truck and motorcycle on a level, firm surface. Never try to load a motorcycle into a pickup truck on uneven ground or soft ground. Black top or concrete are the ideal surfaces to use when loading your bike into a pickup truck.
Never use pieces of wood on grass or dirt as a loading surface, as the wood could break or slide.