Coast to coast shipping is one of the longest transit services for the industry as delivery times can take 7 – 10 days. It is highly recommended these type of service requests are planned in advance if possible in order to take care of all the details and avoid any mishaps. When shipping a motorcycle this distance it is always recommended to ship them via enclosed carriers to avoid any damage to them through the long transit routes.
To start off your transportation request you first must determine what your shipping dates are and how flexible are you. If your schedule is tight, you must provided as much details as possible to your booking agent as far as when you expect the motorcycle to be picked or delivered in order for them to provide you with the best transportation service. Keep in mind that delivery times are 7-10 days and plan for that point. Cross country trips are done almost in a weekly basis as this route is very popular and in high demand.
Once the dates have been set, you must decide whether you would like to ship via enclosed or open carrier. Most likely the agent assisting you will recommend and assume the transportation is via enclosed carrier, however, although recommended it’s not a rule. Shipping a motorcycle via open carrier is also a safe service and will ultimately do the job for you, however because bikes are completely exposed to the environment and weather, it is also recommended to ship them via enclosed to protect them. Paying a couple extra bucks to protect it at its fullest during transit will be less expensive than fixing any damages occurred along the way, most importantly will cause fewer headaches and provide a peace of mind.
After determining which type of carrier you will use, check with your agent what are the companies’ policies as far as to prepping the motorcycle for the trip. Most companies require the gas tank to be emptied out to eliminate some extra weight, some will require the tank to be only ¾ full, and some do not have this requirement. Also many aficionados from all over have modified their bike to their own liking, while transporting the bike, these add-ons can be damages and if possible it is recommended to have them removed or make sure they will be safely attached to the bike to avoid any damages during the trip.
Once these details are taken care of, start providing all the details regarding contact people, phone numbers, addresses, make and model of the bike and payments. Make sure you are provided a copy of the order or agreement to make sure all details are accurate, any mistake can cause an inconvenience at the moment of pickup or delivery. Accuracy will also help determine the price of your service request as the location of where you need the service affects greatly on the quote provided.
After all these details have been taken care, simply give your bike in and enjoy of a peace of mind while your bike is delivered at the other side of the country.
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