Shipping your motorcycle abroad is a big undertaking. Not only is it a valuable piece of equipment, but your motorcycle probably also means a lot to you personally. If you need to send it abroad you may be understandably anxious about what could happen to it along the way. Here are some of the things you need to keep in mind to be sure that it gets to its destination safely.
Air Land or sea
The first thing you need to decide is how it will be transported. This will depend on your budget and how much time you have available. Shipping by road and/or sea is obviously going to take a lot longer than sending it by air – a matter of weeks compared to hours, depending on its destination. But the difference in cost is considerable. If you can’t stretch to the cost of air transport, you need to plan well ahead to allow for the extra time and be prepared to be without your bike for a longer time.
Choosing a shipping company
Look for a specialist international removal company or one with plenty of experience in that area who can answer any questions you might have. Once you decide, get a quote and remember to include the cost of crating and any additional paperwork so that you know how much it is going to cost. You might want to compare a few quotes before you make up your mind
Getting the motorcycle ready for its journey
Good preparation is the key to success. Here are a few pointers to think about:
- Start by removing all accessories and attachments. Also and make sure the bike is clean and free of any dirt
- Don’t have too much fuel in the tank. You want to have enough to drive the bike away when you pick it up but shouldn’t be shipping it with a full tank. A quarter full is okay but avoid having more than that.
- Take photographs of the motorcycle from different angles and make note of any damage such as dents or scratches. Hopefully, your bike will arrive in good condition but in the unfortunate event that it appears to have been damaged, you will be able to show that that the damage happened during transit.
- Check that you have adequate insurance either through your own insurers or through your shipping company. If not, consider buying additional coverage.
Next, think about how it will be loaded.
If your vehicle is particularly valuable you might want to pay extra to have it crated individually. This will give it extra protection and minimize the chance of damage. Alternatively, it can be sent uncrated and will be stowed with other motorcycles being transported. For stability and security, it should be supported by blocks and braces.
With planning, preparation and most importantly, the assistance of a reliable and professional shipping company your motorcycle’s journey, where the by road, sea or air should go smoothly.