How to Ship a Motorcycle

  • 2-6 hours
  • Beginner
  • 200-500
What You'll Need
Oil Tray
Motorcycle crate

If you go on vacation and need your bike to meet you at your location, or you decide to sell it, you'll need to know the proper steps you must take to ship it. It's important to take precautions to ensure that your motorcycle is protected no matter how long its journey will be.

Step 1 - Prepare the Motorcycle

In order to make sure your motorcycle arrives at its destination safely, start by emptying all of the gas out of the tank. Take the connections off the battery and make sure that all of the tires are fully inflated. Fold the mirrors in against the body of the bike to protect them. Also ensure that anything loose on your bike has been fully attached to the bike so that it can't move.

Make sure that you look at the general condition of the bike and note down any dents or scrapes. This will help you prepare for any insurance claims. Take a few pictures as a record.

Step 2 - Crate the Motorcycle

Indian motorcycle

If you are going to ship your motorcycle overseas, you will have to put it into a crate. There are specially-designed shipping crates available for motorcycles. These crates include straps to secure your bike during transit so that the chances of damaging the bike are greatly reduced.

Step 3 - Choose a Shipping Company

You will now need to find a reliable shipping company who is able to offer you the services that you require. It's very important to spend time choosing a shipping company that is trustworthy and will look after your bike.

Get a few quotes from different companies so you can make sure you're getting the best deal. Don't opt for the cheapest shipping company though. Remember, you get what you pay for.

Step 4 - Ship the Motorcycle

signing a contract with key and cash nearby

List any damage to your motorcycle before shipping and give this to the shipping company when they come to pick the motorcycle up. Keep the title and keys yourself and make sure you get a signed receipt from the shipping company. Also check that the motorcycle is in neutral; you should never leave the bike in gear when shipping.

Step 5 - Check the Bike

When the bike is delivered you need to check for any damage or missing parts or accessories. Do this before signing any receipts for delivery. You should have reliable insurance to cover the motorcycle and shipping.