Heritage Motorcycle Shipping Blog
Winter is a very risky season for bike riding and interstate cruising as roads become icey and snow fall can get very heavy. Riders are exposed to harsh cold weather and not only mechanical issues can happen but health can also be exposed and end up with severe colds. During this time, most bike owners put their bikes away and in the event of moving, very few dare devils take the full risk, most rather transport their bikes and have them delivered where they need them within the security of an enclosed carrier.
During this time is when snowbirds head towards the south away from the cold for the length of the season. The word snowbird originates from the great amount of population that travels to the south in late October fleeing from harsh winter conditions and don’t return until late April when warmer scenarios start to pop up. The most commons states where these snowbirds arrive are California, Arizona, Texas, Florida and The Carolinas, o anywhere along the Sunbelt region of the hemisphere. Although anyone fleeing from the north to the south during winter is considered a snowbird, snowbirds are usually retirees or entrepreneurs that have winter homes along these states.
One of the most important things you must have in your hand when booking a motorcycle transport service during winter season is time. Especially if you are booking past the October line when winter starts to really kick in and snowfall starts to be an issue. Expedite service usually is a guaranteed fast service taken in account all the obstacles you can encounter on the road, however during winter season, expedite is marked of the list.
For example, usual deliveries from Portland, OR to Tampa, FL that can usually take between 3 to 4 days, can bump up to 6 days in transit because of road conditions. Sometimes road conditions are not the issue but mechanical problems with the truck due to the cold weather. This will also take a toll on transit time and cause delays. Always plan for worst case scenarios and plan B’s in case delays occur. Drivers do the best they can to handle their timing properly, but there are obstacles on the road that are not controlled by man.
Because everyone is looking to come down, shipping north can become a bit of a hassle after the winter season starts to kick in as driving conditions are limited for drivers trying to get into the northern part of the country. Prices skyrocket as well as risks are higher, however, sometimes money will not account for these risks and transportation is not possible at all until roads are cleared.
Winter season has different situations presented, therefore it is very important to be prepared for all the possible obstacles that can come along the way, plan ahead of time to avoid as many of this obstacles as you can. There is no such thing as a guaranteed delivery time in the business, but you can guarantee a bump free experience and service.
Shipping a bike can be a bit of a hassle when done incorrectly, to make sure you receive the service you need, you have to make sure you are aware of all details that have to be settled before hiring the transport service. Motorcycle shipping costs depend greatly on the type of service requirements you need, so details are important.
With all the bike events and rallies that happen along the year, you want to be ready to ship your bike on time and enjoy the events with no inconvenient. Long bike trips may not be affordable for some people due to tight agendas or budgets, most people would rather have their motorcycle shipped and delivered in time for these rallies only for them to enjoy them while they are there and then returned when the rally is over. Rallies and events are not the only reasons for transportation, buying and selling are also a big part of the motorcycle shipping industry. Regardless of what is the reason you need your bike moved, there are a few factors you must keep in mind when shipping a motorcycle interstate in order to have a hassle free experience with no extra fees to pay.
Shipping a motorcycle is less expensive than shipping a car; however this is not always the case due to the type of carrier, special accommodations and model of the vehicle. You might be shipping a small 150cc that takes very little space, but weighs a couple hundred pounds. Only because of this small factor, your shipment will be more expensive than usual. Here are some things that affect motorcycle shipping costs you should keep in mind that agents will not tell you, be smart and be the one to tell them!
Shipping dates and Flexibility. Shipping a bike may take anywhere between a week to a week in a half to get to its destination, it all depends on how reliable the company you choose is. Usually people believe that when booking far in advance they will get faster delivery times, however the delivery time is about the same, the great thing about booking in advance is getting better motorcycle shipping costs, as short notice has a short extra fee as well. Make sure that when you call to book your service you have the specific dates you need it, as much more flexibility you have the better, therefore always have a couple extra days from the day you really need it in case of any delays. This is very important especially if you are planning to go to a bike event and need the bike to be delivered by a certain time.
Location. Similar to car shipping, distance is a great factor when transporting a motorcycle, especially if the location is not accessible by these huge haulers. This may be one of the factors that are best related to high motorcycle shipping costs, mainly due to the locations where bike rallies are taken place. If it is not accessible by haulers, they will meet you at a nearby location in order to deliver, if not they will charge you the extra fee to be able to drive in the extra mile into these locations if possible.
Weight Limits. When you are shopping around for a quote, make sure that you ask about the weight of the bike. Most companies will give you a price without taking in account the weight and once they book you and go pick up the bike will tell you there are extra charges because the weight surpasses their limit. Since you are at pickup moment, you will see yourself forced to pay the extra fee or you will be stranded. Make sure you have the weight of your bike before calling and that you mention it while requesting a quote in order to get an accurate price.
Insurance Fees. Another important thing you must consider is if the insurance is included in the motorcycle shipping cost provided. Make sure you ask about insurance, not only to lock your final motorcycle shipping cost but to ensure your bike will be covered in case of any loss or damage. Many agents will give the story that this is only optional in order to give you low prices and be able to secure your service; you might be talked into it because of how sweet your price sounds, only to figure out later how bitter it really is.
Open vs. Enclosed Carriers. Shipping in an open carrier will not always result in a hassle, closed carriers can also bring some troubles during the trip; however, it is less probable. When shipping a motorcycle it is recommended almost at a 100% to ship in an enclosed container. This protects your bike’s detailing, leather seats, and body from any outside factor that can damage or break your vehicle. Make sure that when you book your service you make sure you ask what type of carrier will be used to ensure your motorcycle’s proper shipment.
The motorcycle shipping cost is not simply a number; make sure you take in consideration all factors when you book your service. Remember to ask about weight limitations, give your exact pick up and drop off locations and to call in advance in order to have a timely service. Most importantly remember to ask about insurance coverage in case of any loss or damage and what type of carrier you want. Lastly always keep in mind that it’s better to pay the extra bucks and make sure to get your motorcycle transferred properly than save a couple bucks and pay the double later on, in the end, you will get what you pay for.
Calculating the prices to ship a motorcycle is sometimes difficult depending on the factors that affect the transportation. Common routes, destinations within main routes, regular requests, no special cradle accommodations, good road and weather conditions are all factors that help motorcycle shipping estimates be accurate and calculated easily. In order to better understand how estimates are calculated it is important to understand what factors affect the process, knowing what takes play will help customers understand why the same mileage, however in different locations may not cost the same due to the locations.
Distance and mileage is one of the most important factors when calculating a motorcycle shipping estimate, the more distance a driver has to go the higher the cost. More distance implies longer traveling times, more gas usage and more exposure to mechanical issues. Although longer distances may incur all these disadvantages, it also allows drivers to schedule more jobs as they can pass through more places and make the trip worthwhile and cost effective. With this said, the distance to ship to one location within main route is not the same to ship the same distance but to a location in the middle of nowhere. Drivers are willing to go to an off route location if price set right as they not only have the expense to get to the place, but also the expense of getting back to main route, this is a higher cost of gas and mileage, therefore the price is higher even though the distance is the same.
With this said gas prices also affect shipping estimates to go up, the higher the price per gallon the higher the rate to ship as drivers have to cover their routes. Many customers that ship in a regular basis sometimes are thrown back when they hear higher prices for the same route without considering the higher gas costs. A trip where a driver has to put out of pocket money to complete the job is not cost effective; therefore it will not get done.
Another factor that affects the motorcycle shipping estimate is the type of bike and the accommodations it needs in order to be shipped. Certain bikes have special unique frames that cannot simply be strapped to carrier, some need to be mounted on special cradles for support and to avoid any scratches or damages along the way. Examples of this are Ducati bikes, the frames of these bikes are so unique that the manufacturer has to provide special cradles for transportation; some carriers even refuse to take the bike unless it is cradled already by customer. Many customer may see this as real inconvenience, however bikes that are expensive to repair or replace must be protected at all costs and carriers insurance policies will not cover damages on these types of bikes due to improper transportation, this will not only cover drivers, but will help customer protect their bikes and avoid the stress and hassle of damages vehicles. These special accommodations have a higher fee than regular transportation, however are worth the money.
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