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post #1 of 13 Old Apr 8th, 2009, 9:32 am Thread Starter
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I'm looking at an LT on the other side of the US. I was wondering if anyone as had any dealing with M/C transporter. I would like to fly there and ride back home , but just don't have the time.Any advices would be greatly appreciated.
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Fly me there and let me ride it back?

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I used Taylor Welty to transport my LT from FL to MA several weeks ago. He did a great job at a reasonable price. Contact: 386-233-4548, [email protected].

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I used United moving. They are a local branch that haul goods at times as well for IBM and others and alot of the time they are coming back empty so they enjoy getting something to come back with. Try your local moving companies and see if they go in that direction very often and if they do haul bikes.

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I ship a lot of bikes around the US. I've had the best experience with B+B Trucking, based here in California. 800 874 5444

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I'm looking at an LT on the other side of the US. I was wondering if anyone as had any dealing with M/C transporter. I would like to fly there and ride back home , but just don't have the time.Any advices would be greatly appreciated.
It only takes 3 days to ride cross country if you take main freeways. That would mean a 3-day weekend in your case...!

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I used Allied from Scramento, CA to my driveway $600 including full insurance. Excellent service. Two weeks from placing order to delivery.
3,000 miles in 3 days on my own bike is a streatch with weather this time of year.
3,000 miles in 3 days on someone else's bike with weather this time of year, that could be a recipe for a bad time.
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I'm looking at an LT on the other side of the US. I was wondering if anyone as had any dealing with M/C transporter. I would like to fly there and ride back home , but just don't have the time.Any advices would be greatly appreciated.
Look at my 2006LT which is for sale (in classifieds). I'm not that far from you
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I'm looking at an LT on the other side of the US. I was wondering if anyone as had any dealing with M/C transporter. I would like to fly there and ride back home , but just don't have the time.Any advices would be greatly appreciated.

Looked into this myself just recently but after further cost evaluation decided to rent a motorcycle upon destination and simply purchased a roundtrip flight. Have heard good things about MC transporters. A friend of mine uses one every year due to time restrictions, he swears by them.. But after my evaluation, it doesnt look like you are necessarily better off than renting a brand new touring bike, shipping a bike isnt cheap.. normally several hundred bucks.


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I believe he is looking to buy a bike and has questions about getting it home from the left side.

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I recently used JCMotors to ship my RT from Florida to Iowa. It was a terrible experience. They claim fast delivery etc but in fact they contract with other nationwide trucking company's on a "space available" basis. They do not own any trucks themselves which they make it appear on there website. My bike sat in Florida for 2 weeks then in Chicago for another week. It was moved to numerous different trucks during the trip. I called and complained and they said the weather was holding them up. I would not have used them if I knew in advance that they ship the bikes on any carrier that has the available empty space on a truck that is heading my way. They must contact every trucking company in the U.S. looking for an empty corner in a semi to stuff a motorcycle into.

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I have shipped two bikes via Forwardaire and both arrived without damage, although it did take some time. You have to be patient with them.
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Under not circumstance should you use EZ Motorcycle Transport. They are the worst
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