Sometimes, getting there is half the fun. If you have the time, spending a few days riding or trailing your bike to and from a big motorcycle rally can be a great way to start and end your vacation. But if your vacation time is limited and you’d rather spend your precious time enjoying all the music, food, fun and games that motorcycle rallies have to offer, why not consider shipping your motorcycle to the rally and meeting it there?
There’s a common misconception that motorcycle shipping is inconvenient – that you might have to drain the gas and other fluids, crate it up, or palletize your bike. Not exactly a fun way to start a vacation. Plus, then you have the hassle of getting your bike un-crated and gassed up before you can ride once it reaches your destination. Fortunately, there are companies that have specialized trucks with tie-down systems that allow your bike to roll right off the truck and onto the street.
For even more convenience, you can see if your motorcycle shipper provides door-to-door pickup and delivery. For groups or popular rallies, your shipper might have you meet at a local dealership or other drop-off location. Many times you’ll also find motorcycle shipping discounts for big rallies, like Sturgis or Daytona. This option has the added benefit of letting you meet other riders in your area who are heading to the rally. Why not start the party early?
Are you confident your bike will be safe on cross-country trip? Some shipping companies you may find online may say they can ship a motorcycle, but they don’t specialize in motorcycle transportation. This could put your bike at risk for being on a truck crowded with livestock, furniture…or worse. This can be the case if you choose a “general” shipping company or a small-time independent shipper. You could get lucky and get a deal, but if you go this route, you have to be willing to take the risks. Whatever company you choose, shipping insurance is always a good idea.
If you’re looking for the ultimate in convenience and care for your bike – not to mention peace of mind for a successful rally vacation, make sure to choose a company that specializes in motorcycle shipping. Call or look online for special rates for rally shipping, book your shipment far enough ahead of time to make sure you get a spot on the truck, meet your bike there, and enjoy a worry-free vacation.