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I am moving a motorcycle? Can U-Pack help?

September 3rd, 2015 - 7:54 AM

How to Move a Motorcycle

Moving a motorcycle long distance requires some prep work. You'll need to find a moving company that's equipped to move bikes, prepare the bike for moving, and get it ready for loading. 

For transporting motorcycles, U-Pack® is an excellent solution, especially if you're moving household goods too. Our containers make it easy to load and secure your bike, and we deliver your shipment door to door. Get a quote for motorcycle shipping online. 

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Why U-Pack is Ideal for Moving a Motorcycle​

There’s Plenty of Space. With U-Pack, you pay only for the space you use, and while there’s a minimum space requirement of 5 linear feet in the moving trailer, or one ReloCube moving container, you can use as much space as you need. If you're just moving a motorcycle, our minimum space will be perfect. Or if you have other belongings to move as well, you can use the space you need. 

Use U-Pack’s Space Estimator Tools to estimate how much space your household goods and motorcycle will require. 

Easy Loading. Both the trailer and the ReloCube are great options for motorcycle shipping. The ReloCube sits at ground level for easy loading, and the trailer comes equipped with a ramp with a 1,000-pound weight limit, so you can easily load the bike.

Tie-downs throughout. For your motorcycle (and household goods for that matter) to travel safely, you’ll need to make sure they're secured tightly inside the ReloCube or moving trailer. You don't want to rely on the kickstand to hold your bike up while it's traveling across the country. The best way to secure a motorcycle is by using ratchet straps. All of our moving equipment is equipped with anchor points throughout that make securing your shipment (and motorcycle) easier. You can also make bracings by using the wood strips on the trailer floor. Before you start loading, make sure to check out our loading tips to ensure your shipment travels safely. 

Don’t worry about driving. U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” service. That means you save money by doing the loading and unloading, and WE do the driving! Your moving quote includes transportation costs such as fuel, the driver, and taxes and tolls.

How do you move your motorcycle with U-Pack?

There are a few things you'll need to do before loading your motorcycle into a U-Pack trailer or ReloCube.

Drain the fluids. Before you can move your bike, you'll need to drain the flammable fluids. This is something you can do on your own, or a local bike shop can do it at a reasonable price. Typically, this includes removing the gas and oil but refer to your owner's manual for instructions on your particular model. 

Cover the motorcycle. To prepare the bike for moving, you'll need to cover it to protect the finish and clear coat in transit. You can use a motorcycle cover (if you don't have one, check with your parts provider), or you can use moving blankets secured with plastic stretch wrap. Don’t forget to cover your aftermarket chrome parts, along with the body of the bike.

Load the motorcycle. Once completely covered, it's ready to load into the Cube or trailer. Make sure the other household goods around it are secured very well. Items falling over in transit could cause damage to your motorcycle. Load the motorcycle close to the wall, and secure it using plenty of straps. 

What is the cost of moving my motorcycle?

Getting a quote from U-Pack is quick and easy! Call a helpful moving consultant at 800-413-4799 or get an instant quote online.

Have questions about shipping a motorcycle with U-Pack? Leave a comment below or give us a call. We'll be glad to help.

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