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I'm purchasing a Victory Kingpin, and need to have it shipped from the east coast to me in the west coast. Does anyone have any knowledge of or experience with motorcycle shipping companies? Any recommendations?

I looked at shippingmasters.com, which seems to be a shipping broker. They gave me various quotes, averaging about $700 to ship, with the transit taking about 4-6 weeks. Is that reasonable?
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It sure doesn't sound bad. We don't know if this transport is taking 1, 2, or a dozen bikes at a time, but $700 doesn't even sound like it would cover fuel, tolls, meals, and a shady motel or two.

Let me get a little input from my Dad. He is moving to Texas from Maine soon and intends to ship 2 bikes. He also said something in the range of $700, but more details are needed here.

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I'm purchasing a Victory Kingpin, and need to have it shipped from the east coast to me in the west coast. Does anyone have any knowledge of or experience with motorcycle shipping companies? Any recommendations?

I looked at shippingmasters.com, which seems to be a shipping broker. They gave me various quotes, averaging about $700 to ship, with the transit taking about 4-6 weeks. Is that reasonable?
Or you can post it on uship.com. Who knows, maybe your bike will be on TV?



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I did uship and you pick the shipper. You will have several at a price you choose. Then they deliver when you want and how. I had mine shipped in a trailer covered up . They will tell you the exact time to be delivered.


uship will deliver in less than 2 weeks. you set up the auction lets say $600 from point X to A. Then you will have shippers contact you to ship and I bet you will have it in less than 2 weeks.

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Ok, I just had a bike shipped from Georgia to Phoenix and started off with USHIP got a price of $650. From a company out of florida that said they only haul bikes. But they screwed up and didn't pick the bike up so I fired them and went looking again. I was told by several brokers that they saw my request but because the price was so low no driver would pick it up. This is after the shipper had already given me a price and a pick up date.
I was referred to 1-800 haul bikes by several people and they said they were backed up 8-10 weeks.
So I went with a broker for a company called moversquest [email protected]. But now the price is almost $900 dollars, one because the XCT is extra long and two because of the time frame I needed them to pick it up. Seller was talking about backing out because of the delays.
The bike arrived 2 days earlier than I was told.
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http://www.keyboardmotorcycleshipping.com/

These guys are good. Check out their website which explains how they ship. My old buddies with very expensive customs use these guys.
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I know nothing about this other than the last I heard it was around $500 to ship coast to coast. That was a while back though so with everything else going up due to the massive printing of money the inflation index is steadily going up on this too.

One thing that did come to mind is the prices are probably affected by the season. This being the prime time for transport puts the prices at their highest so a mid-winter price might be closer to what I originally heard it was. Just sayin'...

Edit: PS: I Bookmarked this thread for future reference. It might even be a good Sticky thread. I'm sure a lot of people over time will want to know about this kind of info.

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http://www.keyboardmotorcycleshipping.com/

These guys are good. Check out their website which explains how they ship. My old buddies with very expensive customs use these guys.
That's pretty good pricing that they offer there. Especially considering insurance, care taken, reputable company. Saving a couple bucks isn't really worth it. I've have good and bad experiences using uship. This last time shipping my new work truck was ridiculous. I accepted the shippers price. No naggle. Turned out to be a broker who couldn't get it done for over two weeks. Found a local company that cost me just slightly more but the had it here in four days. Now I have a credit for $89 at uship. I paid them $24.95 as their fee for booking so I have more money there on credit. But does me no good if I don't use it within 30 days it's gone.

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I used Federal Motorcycle Transport (Allied) twice to ship bikes from New York to Florida, and they were very good. $700 isn't bad at all.

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http://www.keyboardmotorcycleshipping.com/

These guys are good. Check out their website which explains how they ship. My old buddies with very expensive customs use these guys.

I used broker motorcycleshippers.com, but keyboard is who transported the bike. Price was $525 from northern Arkansas to Houston (not a long way). Keyboard's website says $625 for the same. Bikes go into their hub in Kentucky one week, then out the next, so usually less than 2 weeks total time once it is picked up.

Bike was in perfect shape when they delivered. Only issue was they called the day before delivery and gave me an hour window. I had to rearrange my schedule to fit theirs.

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