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Thread: Cross country shipping of bikes

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    Cross country shipping of bikes

    Has anyone shipped a bike recently and had a good experience? Am selling a bike in Mesa, Az and shipping to Clifton,VA. Thanks in advance. Marty

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    Registered User Motodan's Avatar
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    Dec 2007


    Try Keyboard, I've had good luck with them.
    '17 RT
    MOA #46783

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    Registered User texanrt's Avatar
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    Nov 2008
    Lafayette LA
    I shipped a bike by Federal a month ago -- the company representative who helped me schedule the pickup and delivery was very helpful. They worked around my schedule and delivered the bike to my residence at a time convenient for me.

    They do have some AMA discounts if you're a member -- if you're not a member, they'll offer you the discount on the phone while signing you up for the AMA.

    The bike was delivered in exactly the the same condition it was shipped in. From pickup to delivery was just over 1 week. The cost was about $631 to ship from Indiana to Florida. The federal website has a quickquote calculator:

    I'll use them again when the time comes.
    John H | TexanRT | Lafayette | IBA
    BMW K1600 GTL '18 | Honda Goldwing '12

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    Rally Rat
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    Apr 2007
    Tampa, FL
    We've shipped several bikes with Federal, and had good results each time. They provide a strap-down pallet designed for motorcycles, and will pick up/deliver to either home or business addresses. The only issue I've had was with their tie-downs. On at least one occasion I offered up a Canyon Dancer bar harness, to make sure the bike didn't get marred by tie-down hooks/straps. We would recommend them...

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    Registered User PHMARVIN's Avatar
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    Oct 2003
    El Paso, TX
    Last November I sold a K75RT. The buyer wanted it shipped to Michigan. He had "Pony Express Motorcycle Transport" ship it. It was picked up and secured very carefully in a new, custom trailer and, from what I hear, arrived in perfect condition. Since I didn't pay for it, I don't know the cost. If you'd rather talk to the guy, Ryan, his phone is (310) 409-9890. It's not my business, but why doesn't the buyer wait another month or 6 weeks, fly there and ride it back?
    Ride Safe,
    Phil Marvin - El Paso, TX
    '94 K75A/3
    '95 K75RTP

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    I have had bikes shipped by Keyboard, arrived safely with a scratch I had no known.. too late to complain.. I ride her..

    but isnt so much more fun to ride back into town with your new ride? just saying the experience bonds the machine to the rider...

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    I've shipped two BMW's with them from the east coast to here in CA. One from Max BMW in NJ, and one from a private party in FL, and both arrived in perfect condition, so my experience is that their service was perfect.

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