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I'll be shipping a bike from TX to MA

Been debating how i want to ship it back home.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Please inform me of any past experiences, methods, company's, building/strapping techinques.

THANKS!
 

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id like to know myself.
 

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Go the cheapest route and take lots of before pics and get the insurance. If not crated, it stands a really good chance to get damaged. Even "crated" bikes are usually not fully enclosed. I've had 2 bikes shipped, my r6 and Harley, neither were crated and the r6 arrived damaged and the Harley was undamaged. I got new fairings out of the insurance company of the shippers, but like dealing with any insurance company, it was a hassle.

Also consider selling it in TX and buying another when u get to MA.
 

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Go the cheapest route and take lots of before pics and get the insurance. If not crated, it stands a really good chance to get damaged. Even "crated" bikes are usually not fully enclosed. I've had 2 bikes shipped, my r6 and Harley, neither were crated and the r6 arrived damaged and the Harley was undamaged. I got new fairings out of the insurance company of the shippers, but like dealing with any insurance company, it was a hassle.

Also consider selling it in TX and buying another when u get to MA.
Damn saying a 50/50 shot of no **** up's is a generous number?
 

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Sadly, yes. Also, there is more to scrstch on a sport bike so more chances of them damaging it. I'd just expect them to damage it and be pleasantly surprised if they don't.

If I was moving, I'd either drive it (tow) myself or sell it and buy another one when I got there. So much depends on the "specialness" of the bike and where I was going, like what the markets are in each place for buying/selling.
 

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I shipped a bike from N.Dakota on the back of a car trailer. It got alil dirty but nothing that couldnt be cleaned. If it were a show bike... Forward Air or an enclosed trailer shipper will be more expensive. I paid $500 for an 1800 mile transport.

You can also post an auction on Uship. (ebay for shipping large things)
 

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Deal for the bike was worth buying it here & shipping it back home would still be lower than if i bought it back at home lol.

Ya i placed it up on you ship just to see.

I have access to build a crate and a fork truck at both pick up and drop off locations.
So just trying to see what the best avenue would be
 

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I've shipped mine several times, whenever I moved, from MA to CA, TX to CO and back, TX to CA :laugh

I've used enclosed trailer and open trailer. No issues either ways. Crate is just too expensive but depends on your preference.

The times I used open trailer, the bike was in track skinz and all the street fairings were in a box, the shipper charged $50 more to haul the big box as well.

U-Ship is what I've used all the time with no issues.
 

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Do NOT use AirVan. Worst fcuking company in the world. Honestly, I would use a trailer so you can ensure that no one else fcuks it up. I know I treat my stuff better than anyone else will and I dont mind stopping every so often to check my tie downs and such.
 

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i bought a bike off the internet that was in Jacksonville FL, posted up on Uship.com an see what the lowest bid is
 

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I shipped my a cbr from TX to MD on an 18-wheeler, car hauler style. Bike was exposed and arrived stupid filthy and a good rub on left fairing. All the dirt covered the scratch so I signed off 'un-damaged'. Oh well, +1 on USHIP.

I've only received quotes from them, but each shipper did a good job of explaining how they would transport. All of them said enclosed trailers and well-covered, but that's the typical sales pitch.
 

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I crated both my r1 and my r6 when I moved from the US to Belgium . Asked to tie them down myself, and they let me do it no questions asked.

Only damages were rubs on the outside of each fork.

When i ship them again i will have the crates built around my Pitbull trailer restraint system plates.
 

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Really, no comment? i would have almost been willing to bet someone would say something about this method...
Everyone's mind is blown from the awesomeness of those levers...
 
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