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Transporting an LT from LA to Denver...

I made a deal for a 02 KLT. Black with only 9500 miles.

Anyhow, I need to have it transported from LA to Denver. What are my best options?

I am not so much looking for the best price as much as getting the bike without damage and in a timely manner. Any thoughts?

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There are several trucking companies that specialize in transport of M/Cs.

Forward Air
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Federal

are among the better ones. Cost can be $600-850 depending on distance, fuel surcharge and insurance.



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Cool Why ship when you can RIDE??

An offer of a return plane ticket (Denver to LA) plus expenses and you might get someone willing to ride it or just go get it yourself. Either way probably cheaper than shipping. Just an easy one day ride on an LT (Only 1042 miles/16hrs-41minutes) and they say Black is the fastest color.

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An offer of a return plane ticket (Denver to LA) plus expenses and you might get someone willing to ride it or just go get it yourself. Either way probably cheaper than shipping. Just an easy one day ride on an LT (Only 1042 miles/16hrs-41minutes) and they say Black is the fastest color.
I just got back to LA from Denver myself. It was a great ride, if you start soon the weather should be fine. As Doug says, it's only around 1000 miles. I easily made it in 17 hrs.
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I was a gonna say - price of food, gas and some extra plus a plane ticket out. Would be a fun run!

I flew out to Indianapolis and rode my 'new' '02 back about 2 years ago. More than worth it to go get it. :up:

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Motorcyle shipping

Check out Daily Direct Motorcycle Shipping (https://www.haulbikes.com/welcome.html), their not the cheapest but they do a class act. I have used them before and had great results. Some additional benefits are they use no pallets (bike is strapped down similar to ferrying), no gas evacuation and they are door to door.
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Someone here recommended harley davidson shipping in the past....roll on, roll off at your door, they seem resonable and insure free up-to 30K if I recall.

They wanted 800 bucks from det to phoenix, a fair price I think, but that was for bike 250 lbs less than the LT.

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I made a deal for a 02 KLT. Black with only 9500 miles.

Anyhow, I need to have it transported from LA to Denver. What are my best options?

I am not so much looking for the best price as much as getting the bike without damage and in a timely manner. Any thoughts?

Thanks,

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When you say LA, do you mean Los Angeles or do you mean Louisiana???
If Los Angeles I'll ride it for you and you fly me back...
Hey, where I grew up, LA stands for "Lower Alabama", not kidding.

Seriously, unless you are an inexperienced rider or the bike has known problems you need to have fixed, find the time somewhere and ride it yourself. You will be glad you did!

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Check out Daily Direct Motorcycle Shipping (https://www.haulbikes.com/welcome.html), their not the cheapest but they do a class act. I have used them before and had great results. Some additional benefits are they use no pallets (bike is strapped down similar to ferrying), no gas evacuation and they are door to door.
Thanks for the lead on HaulBikes. They are less expensive (total $600.00) than another m/c only transporter (wanted $800.00) and I was lucky that they have a truck out in CA and will pick up next week!

I'd rather be lucky than good!
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Thanks for the offers to ride it from southern California ("that" LA) but I want to ship it directly to BMW of Denver to have it completely gone over before I ride it. Low mileage can be good.....or bad if it has been sitting for awhile. Sure wouldn't want to ride it at highway speeds (+) for 1,000 miles without a checkout.

In case you haven't heard, there could be issues with final drives on LT's!
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