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    Shipping Bike- Sticker Shock

    I've used Federal Transport a number of times for east coast to west coast shipping. Hisorically, they've run from the mid-upper $700's (includes $15k insurance). Got my quote recently and the price for shipping and same insurance is $925. I realize in the grand scheme of things it's only another $150-175, I'm just not sure where I'm going to draw the line. Anyone have a good referral for shippers. I've used Haul Bikes before, but I worry about their timing. BMW dealer charges $85/day after holding the bike for 2 days(rightly so).

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    Motorcycle shippers has a program for MOA members. They can usually do coast to coast for less than $800. https://motorcycleshippers.com/bmw-moa/

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    Quote Originally Posted by t2moyer View Post
    Motorcycle shippers has a program for MOA members. They can usually do coast to coast for less than $800. https://motorcycleshippers.com/bmw-moa/

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    Thank you for the link! Appreciate it. Quick quote gave me $868. I guess that's in the ballpark. Thank you again.

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    I used Motorcycle Shippers to ship a K1300 from Dallas to Boise. It came to about $700. Cheaper than jet fare to DFW, motels, gas, and I didn’t have a mind numbing ride on a bike that I would not have been able to fit on without aftermarket parts. The bike arrived, strapped to a pallet, early and without a mark on it. A very good deal.

    However, check the tires when you get the bike. I think they might have lowered the tire pressure to fit the tires on the pallet.

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    Used haul Bikes this summer to ship from Phx to Boston. Cost was 700.00, with the military/LE discount, 650.00. Bike was photo'd, loaded, 3 weeks later delivered to destination, not a scratch on the bike.

    Others I called wanted 8-1K for the same transport
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    I work in the steel industry and we ship a lot of loads. Shipping costs have increased considerably due to some of the new driver restriction laws that were put in place. Trucks only make money when they are moving and they have to be parked a lot more today than a couple of years ago. I guess it is the price we all pay for safer roads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lstayner View Post
    I work in the steel industry and we ship a lot of loads. Shipping costs have increased considerably due to some of the new driver restriction laws that were put in place. Trucks only make money when they are moving and they have to be parked a lot more today than a couple of years ago. I guess it is the price we all pay for safer roads.
    ....not only that, but add in the fact that there is a shortage of drivers nationwide.
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    TL,DR; don't use Haul Bikes.

    I used Haul Bikes a few years ago and what a pain the @ss! They loved me right up until I signed the contract, then they didn't love me anymore. The communications after I signed the contract were horrible to non-existent.

    They promised it would be delivered in three weeks. It took them two weeks just to pick it up in Louisiana and then they took it to their warehouse in Pennsylvania. I live in Colorado! Had they taken it to their Las Vega warehouse, I would have just flown out there and got it.

    It then sat in Pennsylvania for a few weeks. I couldn't get my rep on the phone to answer any questions on when it would be delivered. I started to just go through the nice woman who answered the phones. They were unable to give me a delivery date. They kept saying it was up to the driver. The driver! I use to have my CDL and as a driver, we never made those decisions. Those were always made by a logistics manager. I cannot even imagine that those decisions are all up to the drivers.

    Even the driver of the truck was a pain. He got lost. Trying to figure out where he was, I asked if he crossed the bridge. He said no, but couldn't tell me where he was. I told him to hold tight and I would find him. Yep, he had crossed the bridge and was sitting on the side of the road right next to the bridge.

    I told him to follow me and that we'd go right up ahead at the stop light. I'm standing on the sideboard next to him so close that I could have heard him whisper, but he yells; "I'M NOT GOING THAT WAY! I'M GOING LEFT!" He didn't want to go right because of a 5 ton bridge, but as I explained to him, we'd then take another right, then a left, a left and finally another left to get him turned around. He yelled again; "I'M GOING LEFT". I said fine, go left. That'll take you downtown and I'll see you in about an hour after you get through there.

    Not trusting me, he had to look it up on Google maps to see if he could indeed go right, then left, then left, then left to turn around. He finally agreed and we got to my house fine.

    Overall, an extremely poor experience. It was unseasonable warm here in Colorado that year and I could have been riding my new bike, but no. Thanks Haul Bikes! Argh!

    Sorry so long, but needed to get that off my chest.
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    I kept this link to a transporter that had good reviews from some members of this forum in the past .

    https://kmtransport.weebly.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffkraft View Post
    TL,DR; don't use Haul Bikes.

    I used Haul Bikes a few years ago and what a pain the @ss! They loved me right up until I signed the contract, then they didn't love me anymore. The communications after I signed the contract were horrible to non-existent.

    They promised it would be delivered in three weeks. It took them two weeks just to pick it up in Louisiana and then they took it to their warehouse in Pennsylvania. I live in Colorado! Had they taken it to their Las Vega warehouse, I would have just flown out there and got it.

    It then sat in Pennsylvania for a few weeks. I couldn't get my rep on the phone to answer any questions on when it would be delivered. I started to just go through the nice woman who answered the phones. They were unable to give me a delivery date. They kept saying it was up to the driver. The driver! I use to have my CDL and as a driver, we never made those decisions. Those were always made by a logistics manager. I cannot even imagine that those decisions are all up to the drivers.

    Even the driver of the truck was a pain. He got lost. Trying to figure out where he was, I asked if he crossed the bridge. He said no, but couldn't tell me where he was. I told him to hold tight and I would find him. Yep, he had crossed the bridge and was sitting on the side of the road right next to the bridge.

    I told him to follow me and that we'd go right up ahead at the stop light. I'm standing on the sideboard next to him so close that I could have heard him whisper, but he yells; "I'M NOT GOING THAT WAY! I'M GOING LEFT!" He didn't want to go right because of a 5 ton bridge, but as I explained to him, we'd then take another right, then a left, a left and finally another left to get him turned around. He yelled again; "I'M GOING LEFT". I said fine, go left. That'll take you downtown and I'll see you in about an hour after you get through there.

    Not trusting me, he had to look it up on Google maps to see if he could indeed go right, then left, then left, then left to turn around. He finally agreed and we got to my house fine.

    Overall, an extremely poor experience. It was unseasonable warm here in Colorado that year and I could have been riding my new bike, but no. Thanks Haul Bikes! Argh!

    Sorry so long, but needed to get that off my chest.
    Used HB this summer to ship the GT to the east coast from Az. The contract gave me a delivery by date. The stated might be 2 or 3 weeks, but the bike would be delivered per contract by the deliver by date. It was delivered 3 days before delivery by date. Bike suffered no damage, and like yours, mine went to Las Vegas and sat for nearly 2 weeks before the truck headed east.

    I called twice in that time, each time the lady looked up the contract and kept me appraised of where the bike was. Brother took delivery of his new GT and checked it with a fine tooth chrome for any scratches, not one. Excellent service and they were 100-150.00 cheaper than the other 4 transporters I reached out to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brownie0486 View Post
    Used HB this summer to ship the GT to the east coast from Az. The contract gave me a delivery by date. The stated might be 2 or 3 weeks, but the bike would be delivered per contract by the deliver by date. It was delivered 3 days before delivery by date. Bike suffered no damage, and like yours, mine went to Las Vegas and sat for nearly 2 weeks before the truck headed east.

    I called twice in that time, each time the lady looked up the contract and kept me appraised of where the bike was. Brother took delivery of his new GT and checked it with a fine tooth chrome for any scratches, not one. Excellent service and they were 100-150.00 cheaper than the other 4 transporters I reached out to.
    I'm glad to hear you had a good experience. They've got less than 2 stars on the Better Business Bureau and only 3 on Yelp, so I guess do your homework.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffkraft View Post
    I'm glad to hear you had a good experience. They've got less than 2 stars on the Better Business Bureau and only 3 on Yelp, so I guess do your homework.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffkraft View Post
    TL,DR; don't use Haul Bikes.

    I used Haul Bikes a few years ago and what a pain the @ss! They loved me right up until I signed the contract, then they didn't love me anymore.
    Had a wonderful experience w/ HaulBikes. I had my '16 RT transported from Paradise CA to Arvada CO in the middle of winter 2019 for $560 inc insurance. They were forthright with updates as to arrival window, the bike arrived unscathed and on the projected date, and I was blessed w/ a clear street near my home on Feb 21st--I was really sweating the possibility of unloading onto snow but all was well. If you're not in a hurry, i.e. can live w/ a longer arrival window, you can get decent pricing from HB.

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    Have used Federal Motorcycle Shippers a few times for left coast to right, under $700 including this past summer. Yes, I drop off and pick up at their warehouses, which saves me a little. They also sport an AMA discount and a first responder discount.

    I've inquired about shipping via Haul Bikes, but they refuse to guarantee a delivery date, no matter how much time you give them. This could ruin your vacation and was definitely a deal breaker for me no matter how much savings (if any).

    If you're just shipping a bike and don't care when it arrives, you could be fine.
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