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Old 07-09-2012, 05:16 PM   #1
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Motorcycle Shipping Companies

My wife and I are moving from Buffalo, NY to Oakland, CA and are trying to find the best way to get my 79 R100RT there. I know about the U-Pack ABF Freight Relocubes but they are a little pricey. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:26 PM   #2
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:25 AM   #3
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I had a good experience with bringing a bike from the midwest to CA. No crating required.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:32 AM   #4
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Get a bid on I've shipped three bikes that way. All more than reasonable in price.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:48 PM   #5
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I had keith kodet ship a sidecar rig from Texas to northern Montana. I found him through this site. I've had good success and as I was able to work with him on times his rate was good. He is currently hauling bikes to and from Alaska and so may not fit your time frame... If you are a little flexible time wise give him a call. His email is or you might have better success calling 810-614-8038. There is more info in the vendors area... search for us & canada bike shipping.
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:01 PM   #6
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I had good luck with these guys :

BTW, let us know when you get to Oakland:
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:04 PM   #7
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+1 on

You get qoutes from the big feight co's and the independents.
The little guys are less and usually easier to deal with.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:12 AM   #8
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If you are using movers to haul the rest of your stuff ask them if they can take take your bike too. Mine (United Van Lines) packed in both of my bikes from CA to TX.

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Old 07-13-2012, 07:51 AM   #9
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Hey dmasters -

Remember when picking a motorcycle shipping company to make sure they have special equipment for transporting motorcycles! All our drivers are riders too. Give us a call if we can help - 1-888-HAULBIKES.

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Old 10-10-2012, 10:48 AM   #10
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Motorcycle Shipping Preparation Tips

And make sure you get all the details taken care of before you ship your motorcycle.
You can follow these motorcycle shipping instructions to help you prepare with your transport.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:59 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by petefromberkeley View Post
I had good luck with these guys :

BTW, let us know when you get to Oakland:


Dedicated motorcycle trailer.

One of the drivers retired mid-haul, so it took a bit longer than it should have but the price was reasonable & bike arrived in good shape.

Bonus was door to door !
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