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post #1 of 10 Old Jan 21st, 2016, 10:50 am Thread Starter
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My wife and i are planning a West coast tour this summer. We live in Maryland and don't want to ride cross country. Rentals for a 2015 1200RT look like it will run about $200/day with all the extras, including insurance. Has anyone had experience transporting their bikes cross country? Approximate costs? Reliable transport companies? If the round trip transportation cost is less than$2000, it would make sense to go that route, as i would rather be riding my bike than a rental.


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Re: Cross country motorcycle transport

In 2012, I had bought my '07 RT from WA, and had used an outfit called Haulbike, Motorcycle Shipping | HaulBikes Motorcycle Transport |. You might want to look into it. I think that it cost me about $560, or something along that magnitude. They were very good.

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In 2012, I had bought my '07 RT from WA, and had used an outfit called Haulbike, Motorcycle Shipping | HaulBikes Motorcycle Transport |. You might want to look into it. I think that it cost me about $560, or something along that magnitude. They were very good.
Thanks. I will check them out for updated quotes.


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Re: Cross country motorcycle transport

Just a thought but have you considered buying a small trailer to haul the bike on for the trip...even if you sell it when you return?

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Just a thought but have you considered buying a small trailer to haul the bike on for the trip...even if you sell it when you return?

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We would rather fly. Can get fairly cheap airfares now, but thanks for the suggestion.


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Re: Cross country motorcycle transport

Have you considered asking someone to ride the bike one way for you, and someone else to ride the other way?
You can work out the logistics and figure what you should pay each way.
How many days would you be on the West Coast?

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Have you considered asking someone to ride the bike one way for you, and someone else to ride the other way?
You can work out the logistics and figure what you should pay each way.
How many days would you be on the West Coast?
Two weeks, but I'm not too happy about having strangers riding my significant other, so to speak.
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Re: Cross country motorcycle transport

Years ago a friend and I drove a car from New York to San Diego for someone who retired and bought a condo across the country.
This was organized by AAA, and it worked out great for all parties.
Now I do realize it is a bit different when it comes to motorcycles, but the concept still applies, if you can find trustworthy riders.
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Re: Cross country motorcycle transport

Last summer my wife and I went to Colorado, up the Pacific Coast Highway to British Columbia. I rode the bike to Denver and picked her up there, we then took 3 weeks to get to Vancouver and she flew home from there. I got the desire for long distance out of my system by Denver and we had a great holiday.

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Re: Cross country motorcycle transport

In follow up to Gilles suggestion/idea, when I was in the USAF, I went on temporary duty to a base in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (Carswell AFB). My crew chief and another guy and I picked up a car and drove it from there to Santa Cruz, delivering it to someone that didn't want to or could not afford the time to drive it there. (Our crew chief's wife picked us up for the ride back to base outside of Merced, CA). This worked out well for the three of us, as we were paid for driving it out (was a '66 Chrysler New Yorker) and pocketed our travel allowances. We replaced the shocks before leaving from Texas as that boat was really bobbing! This process works if you are able to match the right vehicle to the right people - don't know if something similar exists for bikes though.... After I got out, I was able to pay cash from all of my saved per diem for my '74 Suzuki Water Buffalo.

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