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Old 02-11-2013, 06:12 PM   #1
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Shipping a bike to Seattle. Recommend a dealer or shop?

I'll be shipping my motorcycle from overseas to Seattle, and I assume the easiest way is to have it delivered to a dealer or independent shop. Any place that can deal with a crated motorcycle is fine, if they have a loading dock or forklift, that is a plus. Does anyone have any recommendations on who might be good to deal with? Is there a better way to handle a delivery like this? I assume that the port is not going to allow me to just un-crate it myself there, and I would still have to deal with the crate trash. The bike is a Suzuki, though I don't imagine that really matters.

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Old 02-11-2013, 06:48 PM   #2
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There are a few options for you.
Aurora Suzuki
7409 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 783-2323

Ride West BMW
8100 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 527-5511

Not a shop but would likely be willing to help out someone on a RTW ride
Touratech USA
4021 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 326-5746

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Old 02-12-2013, 11:18 AM   #3
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I think that South Sound BMW has a loading dock that they will let trucks deliver to. I'd give them a call.

253-582-1838
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:02 PM   #4
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I think that South Sound BMW has a loading dock that they will let trucks deliver to. I'd give them a call.

253-582-1838
Have read threads here about great service from South Sound regarding
receiving bike shipments .

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...ht=South+Sound

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Old 02-13-2013, 12:52 PM   #5
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I've picked a Bike up at the Airport...it was easy.

They loaded the crate onto our trailer and we were out of there.



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Old 02-13-2013, 01:30 PM   #6
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Not to "derail" this thread, but is that RTWDoug Wohtke? Sure does look like him.....smokin' a cig and sportin' a fannypack even!



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Old 02-13-2013, 03:14 PM   #7
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Not to "derail" this thread, but is that RTWDoug Wohtke? Sure does look like him.....smokin' a cig and sportin' a fannypack even!



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Yep, from a few years ago.

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Old 02-13-2013, 04:25 PM   #8
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You can check with Ride Motorsports in Woodinville. They are now a Suzuki dealer too and have a forklift.

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Old 02-13-2013, 11:37 PM   #9
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Not a shop but would likely be willing to help out someone on a RTW ride
Touratech USA
4021 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 326-5746
Don't they charge $4,599.99 per day for storage?
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:22 AM   #10
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hi Dave , what would help in responses is a bit more info, port ? seattle, tacoma? via ship? air freight ? are you going to be there, ? thats a biggy. if you are and need a pick up and a simple assembly another inmate may be able to help ( toss a few $$ at em) where are you coming from ? someone may trade a lift for a box of shinztlegobblens you can bring to them, hey someone may want the crate, horizonsunlimited is a good place to post as well.
Skagit powersports in burlington wa ( 75 miles) has storage $1 a day last I heard, assembly is easy. but this is further out. i

if you arent there, it complicates matters, you'll need a customs broker etc , secondary shipper etc...
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:53 PM   #11
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You can check with Ride Motorsports in Woodinville. They are now a Suzuki dealer too and have a forklift.

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They have Suzuki now also ? Have always liked that dealer .
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:42 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the info. I'll be moving to the Edmonds area from the lovely US tropical island territory, Guam. I'll ship the bike just before I leave, which means it will get there a few weeks after I do. The bike will be crated and traveling by sea. I figured the easiest way was to have the bike delivered to a motorcycle dealer, since they are set up for such deliveries. I can then either pay them to uncrate it or do it myself. I called Aurora Suzuki, though they seemed a bit confused by this request. They suggested I call KGM Transport, as this is apparently who picks up and uncrates their motorcycles for them. I called KGM, though they also seemed a bit confused by my request, saying that they don't pick up from the port, but could pick up from a warehouse.

I have a call in to the shipping company to find out if the shipment can be picked up from them, and if so, where. Otherwise it is probably just as easy to have them deliver it to a dealer like Ride Motorsports or BMW. Once I have more information from the shipping company, I'll make a few more calls and let you guys know what I find out.

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Old 02-14-2013, 03:59 PM   #13
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hi Dave, it may be better to pick it up using a rental truck with a lift gate or low boy trailer. or hire a local here off the board. some times short haul load arent cheap. worst case try Uship but really thats overkill, you may need to be there when it is released anyway.
I'd skip KGM, id bet they are only for set up for doing factory work.
the set up , bolt back together should be pretty easy, if a shop is confused, pass, go to the next. brand wont matter. if you can get a pic of it going into the crate will give a good idea of work involved. if its a wood crate hey can you still do beach fires down in edmonds?
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:21 AM   #14
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I used several dealers but I leanrt never to repeat any of them. Recently I tried citizenshipper and found it most comprehensive. They were better than the best for shipping services. They offered me shipping deal at unbelievable price that was below anticipation. They just asked me to list my shipment and let movers to bid on my move that would help me to get best, economical and reliable deal and I got. I paid just $300 from Waterford, MI to Henderson, NV.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:11 PM   #15
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I called Ride Motorsports since they are pretty close to where I will be living, though they said they were not interested. I called South Sound BMW and they are more than happy to assist. Thanks for the help guys, it looks like it is all squared away.

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