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How To Transport A Motorcycle Safely
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How to Transport A Motorcycle Safely

Owning a motorcycle can be a thrilling experience. The joy of getting out there in the nice weather without the restrictions of a car, feeling the power and control beneath you, having a sense of ownership to something you likely hadn't experienced before; it all adds up to something really unique.

However, just like owning a car, motorcycles have there own set of special needs and requirements that must be fulfilled and maintained in order to keep riding. There are the obvious ones like paying special attention to your tires and chain/belt, making sure your bike is always in proper riding condition, keeping it safe when you aren't around, etc. One issue that riders will run into at some point in their time of owning a motorcycle is how to safely transport one to a new destination.

Unlike other packaged goods which can typically be packed in a box and shipped or loaded up in the car, motorcycles need a little more care before making them "deliverable". This situation will obviously come up when buying or selling a motorcycle. So how to you handle this? Well there are really three ways that the common rider will use.

Motorcycle Trailer

Typically any trailer would work with the right straps and tie downs, but motorcycle trailers are your safest bet in that they are made specifically for motorcycles. They are designed to be small and easily attached/detached to a vehicle, they have small slots to lock in your bike to keep it stable, and all the other little features that come along with getting a motorcycle to its destination in one piece.

In the Back of Truck

You are probably much more likely to see this method (especially in the South!) when it comes to people moving their bikes. Using the back of a truck is a perfectly fine method as well, but extra precautions have to be made. The back of a truck is usually wide and can be slick so the bike must be situated in such a fashion that it will not move during the drive. By placing the wheels in the corners of the truck bed and locking everything into place using lots of straps/tie-downs, you can likely be sure that your bike won't be moving unless you run into some major bumps or are just driving carelessly. The only other drawback to this method is the fact that the bike usually blocks your rear window so be careful!

Just Ride It

This method can actually be fun depending on the scenario. If you are buying a new bike then you probably don't even want to put in the back of a truck, you want to ride the dang thing home (assuming you have ridden before). However, if you are selling your bike, you might be more reluctant to ride to ensure that you get it there in one piece and in the best condition as possible. Plus, if you are anything like me, riding the bike one last time to it's destination may give you second thoughts on getting rid of it!

Whether you use the methods above or take another approach like crate shipping you should always have everything in order before transporting your bike. Make sure pictures are taken, insurance is filed, and preparations have been made to ensure that whether your bike is coming or going, it gets to it's destination safely.


Street Talk

Hauled mine out to Venice Beach in the 90's. I was doing recording work for a few months and they put us up right off the beach. I thought, what a great way to be able to ride in Southern California for a few months. Darn near got killed! Them people are brutal! :)

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  about 9 years ago

Ha ha yeah, I would definitely be afraid of riding through the traffic in California. I did that once in Miami thinking it would be fun, boy was I wrong.

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  about 9 years ago

Are there not special rules governing the transport of motor bikes in your country? In ours they can legally only be transported on a trailer specially built for them.

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  about 9 years ago

Well I am done here in the South so almost anything goes... As far as other places in the U.S. go I believe that as long as you have it tied down you are good to go. Although you would think there would be stricter laws.

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  about 9 years ago
Barbara9  

very informative article

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  about 9 years ago

So I know whom to call when I'm heading to Strugis!! Great article:)

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  about 9 years ago

Thank you! I'd be more than happy to ride your motorcycle, I mean help you transport it!

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  about 9 years ago

Your site looks nice, Shannon.

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  about 9 years ago

Thank you, I appreciate that. I haven't had much time to update it the way I want but I'm getting there! Thanks for commenting.

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  about 9 years ago

Good info and advice Shannon..

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  about 9 years ago
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