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Hey folks, just bought my new Hammer from a dealer in AL and need to get it shipped to Chicago burbs. I could really use any constructive advice or recommendations you guys might have. I'm not wealthy, but would prefer not to end up receiving a box of parts. Help!
 

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There are a number of motorcycle transporter companies, just Google those two words. Years ago, I shipped a bike from Oregon to Florida and the truck that came to get it was rigged to carry bikes very safe and secure, even though they did not crate them. The fellow on the receiving end in Florida said it arrived in fantastic shape.
 

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Hey folks, just bought my new Hammer from a dealer in AL and need to get it shipped to Chicago burbs. I could really use any constructive advice or recommendations you guys might have. I'm not wealthy, but would prefer not to end up receiving a box of parts. Help!
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Thanks, here's what I've got so far

Hey guys, thanks for the advice. So far I've gotten numerous quotes via email ranging from $400 to over $1,000! I'd really like to stay around the 400 mark as I'm not made of money, but want to be sure the company is reputable and my baby will be taken care of properly. The companies that I have around $400 are:

King of the road transport
Affinity Auto Carriers
Inter-coastal Logistics Inc.
Heartland trucking LLC
Upscale Auto transport

I can do my due diligence as far as BBB rating, licensing and insurance, etc. I'm more or less wondering if anyone has used any one of these carriers or has a good recommendation otherwise.

Additionally, I was wondering....I should have to sign something to get the warranty transferred into my name right?
 

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...I was wondering....I should have to sign something to get the warranty transferred into my name right?
Nope. Warranty goes with the bike not the owner.
 

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I'm more or less wondering if anyone has used any one of these carriers or has a good recommendation otherwise.
Would make no difference.

I recently moved a relative. The company sent two young, hardworking men who did what I considered to be a quality job of packing and delivering the merchadise.

There is no doubt in my mind that EVERY carrier must be at least as qualified or they would go out of business in short order.

Did they do a perfect job, no. There were several things that I could have bitched about, but to be honest, they exceeded my expectations.

If it were me, I'd have the shipper take several pics of the deliverable a priori. I'd also take out sufficient insurance to cover the asset. That way, if it turns out your shipper hires a bum crew who showed up half drunk, *YOU* wont be the liable party.
 

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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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Congrats on your purchase! Did you get a red and white one from Max's? I was just over there recently picking up an oil change kit, great bunch of folks there! A white cross country there kept grabbing my attention on my way out, which would be quite a shift from my black Hammer one day maybe.

I used Uship a couple years ago and had a great experience sending a bike from AL out to AZ for $465.

Armstrong Hotshot Service. Nice large enclosed trailer with blocks acting as wheel chocks and he had places to strap it down. Made the journey in perfect shape according to the receiver. He is based out of this area.

I remember he mentioned he travels a ton for his business, and sometimes uses Uship deals as an excuse to go places. If he is still on Uship maybe you could reach out. I don't have his phone number anymore but noticed his profile on Uship was listed as Debbie (his wife).

Congrats again and you are going to love the Hammer! Hope you don't mind attention and questions, you will get them while out on this bike.
 

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Another consideration, crated versus uncrated.
Crated bikes ship LTL and shipping is cheaper and lead time is days not weeks.
LTL works for me but I have access to crating and dock handling. Using crates you have to ship to receivers with forklifts. LTL is as safe as the quality of your packing and the quality of your crate. Insurance goes without saying in any transport scheme.

Forward Air and others offer crates but you are paying the same price as motorcycle haulers. You get crate safety and speedy turn around but you lose to the door delivery unless you have crate handling capability at your house.

Cheapest- LTL if you can solve logistics. You crate and you load and unload. Typically the fastest and as safe as any other enclosed freight.

Less cheap- Crated and handled by long haul broker. Again fast and safe but fees for the handling adds a lot to the cost.

More pricey- dedicated motorcycle hauler. Dually and a tow behind trailer. Generally better care, more convenient, to the door service but it's a crap shoot and you are at the mercy of his schedule. If you don't press him for a set delivery date, you will get a better price.

Priciest- Transport hauler. Big rig with enclosed climate controlled bays. Cadillac service, stupid money for chocolate on your pillow. It'll get there when it gets there but it will be absolutely pristine.
 

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Transport help is much appreciated. Here's the decision.

Thanks a ton for all of the great advice. I've chosen ID transport which is a bike/ATV specific hauling company. Specialized trailers pulled by diesel pickups from the look of things. It'll cost me $535 from AL to IL and take about 2 weeks, but I'm in no hurry. Seems legit from my research. I'll give you guys an update when the bike arrives. Fingers are crossed.

Wolf....I got the bike from Shoals outdoor sports in Tuscumbia. It's black with the swept pipes. They have some good deals on 2013's.
 

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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….
That's the perfect advice you can get regarding uship. Also you can add full coverage insurance for $29. You'll do fine and get it for a fair price. Cheapest isn't always best just as highest price isn't either. Find someone in the middle range and check their feedback. You'll be fine.
 

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Heck to move a bike 1000 miles under $500, get a friend to drop you off and drive it home. Pay gas for his cage both ways and rent a one night motel room. You may need 2 nights for yourself so you only ride 500 miles each day but we are talking maybe $60 per night outside of the big cities. You should be able to do the whole thing at less than $300.
 
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