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07-09-2003, 03:16 PM
I need to ship a bike I just sold from Kansas to PA. Anyone know of a company that does this relatively cheap. I called Federal and it is almost $700 and that is with my AMA discount. Thanks

07-09-2003, 03:43 PM
"Forward Air Inc." They can do it for about 1/2 as much. You have to crate it though... I believe they offered some type of containers if you don't have access to a crate. Last time I shipped a bike from Texas to VA, I got a crate from the Yamaha dealer and then had them ship it.

07-09-2003, 04:24 PM
Allied Van Lines, does motorcycle (vehicle). They'll load it and supply tiedowns. Lot of Harley's and Goldwings are shipped this way.
I had a sport shipped from Conn. to Texas, for
about $450.00 with $5000.00 of insurance.

Price is different for different size bikes. $650 to $700 is about right for Large(heavy) bikes.

Greg LeClair
07-09-2003, 07:01 PM
I'll add another thumbs up for Allied - I used them and was happy with the service. It was about $450 to ship my Aprilia RS250 from New Jersey to Austin. The shipper was very happy because he didn't have to crate it or anything. All you have to do is drain the gas and as Randy said, they come and tie it down & load it up. Pretty easy, although if cheap is what you're looking for, crating it may be the way to go.


Jack Giesecke
07-09-2003, 07:32 PM
I understand Forward Air now has bike crates to ship with, maybe a small charge, but they're reusable. Contact at http://www.forwardair.com .

They will ship to major airport facilities, not to the door. I used them to ship a sidecar to NYC and had to furnish my own crate which I got from El Campo Cycles for free. Cost me $.25 a lb.

07-10-2003, 01:30 AM
I just shipped a bike from WI to LA using Griffin Allied 800.843.6048 super-fast shipping & affordable at $425.

07-10-2003, 01:37 AM
I used Forward Air to ship a YSR50 to Delaware last year. As I recall it was less than $300. At that time, I had to build a crate.
And for some reason they made you get a money order or certified check, after hauling the blessed crate up there I then had to have it weighed, priced and then go get a money order. Now, supposedly, they have online payment and crates. Generally the employees were unhelpful. Allied may well be the way to go if they ship door to door for only $150 additional. IMHO

07-10-2003, 07:30 AM
i just received an sv from ky. total cost including forward air's container was $365. they ship to the closest forward air depot or annex. their online tracking is lousy, but most of their people know what's going on.

Nathaniel Orona
07-10-2003, 09:02 AM
I live in Houston and I have bought 2 bikes from Minnesota and each time it was around $300 using WWW.Forwardair.com (http://WWW.Forwardair.com)
They are cheap and fast. I think it is .39/ lb.

07-10-2003, 09:54 AM
Forward Air is the way to go....

I've used Forward Air to ship a zx-7 motor, I built my own crate, but with $600 insurance it was only $80 to Florida. I could be wrong, but based on the weight of the zx-7 motor that I shipped(220 lbs crated), a complete bike shouldn't be more than $200 if you have your own crate. If you can't find a crate I have a motorcycle crate in my garage that was used to ship a GSXR750(steel frame crate made for bikes), and I need to get my garage space back. Not sure how much Forward Air charges for crates, but if you can find someone to bring it from Austin to Hallet (if you're going to Hallet) then you can have it FREE. Just let me know.


Keith Hertell
07-10-2003, 10:45 AM
2 words


Tim Haas
07-10-2003, 04:35 PM
I used 1 AA Transport when I bought my RC51. They charged me $550.00 to move bike from Seattle to Houston. That price included $10,000.00 insurance, and they picked it up two days after dispatch and delivered it six days later. I was very happy with there service. American Van lines was the carrier, and they also had pallet like holder the bike sat on, and they used four tie downs to secure it. They also covered it with shipping blackets.

You can call them at 1-888-347-1391 and ask for Yvette.

Tim Haas

Shane Thorn
07-10-2003, 10:22 PM
while your shopping around you might try "Bax Global", we ship bikes all over the US and Canada and they have all been less $300. I don't have number with me but will try to post tomorrow

Shane Thorn
Classic Honda