Motorcycle-for-Shipment Ways to Prep the Outside of Your Motorcycle for Shipment
Published: 11 May 2020

There’s no reason to abandon your motorcycle regardless if you are moving overseas or going somewhere far away for vacation. You can simply have your motorcycle shipped through a freight forwarding service. This option is inexpensive, not complicated, reliable, and safe.

If you decide to have it shipped by air or ground, there are a couple of things you need to do to prep your motorcycle for shipment so that it will be a success. They’re as follows:

Washing Your Motorcycle

First and foremost, you have to wash your motorcycle well. You can do this by cleaning all the dirt and making sure to remove all the soil deposited on your tires. By doing this, you can somehow see the overall condition of your motorcycle before you have it shipped out.

Checking Your Motorcycle’s Condition

After washing it, the next thing you need to do is to thoroughly check and document your motorcycle’s condition. This can greatly help you in case something happens during transit. Aside from that, you will also need proof for an insurance claim.

Taking pictures up close and at different angles is recommended to compare the damages more easily. Indicate the date on your documentation and show it to the shipping company of your choice.

Taking All the Items Away from Your Motorcycle

In case you lose something that is inside your motorcycle after it has been shipped, the freight forwarder is not responsible even for the damages. Therefore, it is a must that you remove your personal items in your trunk, saddlebag, or compartment. These items may also cause scratching during transit. Some of the items that you need to remove are as follows:

  • Spoilers
  • Removable audio system
  • Toll tags
  • Bicycle rack
  • GPS device
  • Luggage compartment

It is also recommended to check the fasteners that are easy to access. The shipment may take quite a long time, so your motorcycle can be subjected to movement during transit. If any of the fasteners are loose, several parts of your motorcycle may fall when it breaks open.

Aside from that, there are motorcycle shipment companies that will ask for your keys, though there are also some that don’t. If you have a large motorcycle, the mover may ask you to have the keys available so that they can easily move it on the ramp. It is highly recommended to ask your freight forwarder about this.

Inspecting the Tires

Aside from documenting the working condition of your motorcycle, you have to inspect the tires and make sure that they are not flat. If your tires are inflated, they can act as a cushion for your motorcycle, thereby lessening the pressure while in transit since these are components of the suspension system.


By following these tips in preparing the outside of your motorcycle for shipment, it can greatly help with a secured and safe shipping of your bike. It is recommended that you avail of insurance, though it's not mandatory. Unforeseen incidents are inevitable, so freight insurance can give you peace of mind.

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