I've shipped a few bikes and here is my two cents.
If you want to use a motorcycle specific company: pros - bike is guaranteed to come to you in great shape. Cons - takes forever and is expensive. Example: I had to ship a bike from IA to NH. It was a show bike, we were very worried about it. We used a very reputable bike shipping company. It took them 3 weeks to come pick up, 3 weeks in transport. Cost about $1000 bike was well cared for.
Option2: A non-motorcycle company like U-Ship where you bid or can accept a very low offer. Pro's: quick and maybe inexpensive. Cons - Jimbo the village idiot ships your bike if you aren't careful.
Examples: I had a bike shipped to me from CO using UShip. It only cost $350 and I had the bike in two days, but it was in the back of a half-ton truck full of what appeared to be yard sale garbage. Luckily there was only minor damage. Example2) Shipped a Vision from FL to IA using Uship. I skipped the low bids and was able to message to bidders who I think actually had a real idea of how to ship a bike. Had it in my garage 4 days later for $1300, was hauled in an enclosed trailer and properly strapped down.
I'd use USHIP again, just be careful who you accept bids from. Remember fuel is expensive and you pay to have the bike sooner. If you are willing to wait a month or two you may save quite a bit with a bigger carrier. Bigger carriers use village idiots too of course….
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Last edited by Vicbuilder; 11-17-2013 at 07:05 AM.