Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Roseville (Gateway to the Sierras), CA, USA
Re: Shipping the LT?
I've had positive experiences with Federal Motorcycle Transport. As Uncle Mark mentioned we are about to ship three bikes to the east in September plus I have two bike coming here from Minnesota in June. It's not the least expensive but they are pretty reasonable. They allow you to ship items in the bike as long as it's locked up, include a decent amount of damage insurance in the price, don't require a full drain of fluids, keep to their schedule, and most of the drivers are also riders so they know what's up with bikes. Not all carriers are this flexible. They are a division of Allied Van Lines. Shipping is my line of work. They offer great mutilple bike discounts if all picked up and dropped at the same place and they have a discount for AMA members. If you're not an AMA member you'll more than make up for the cost of membership on one shipment from AZ to the east. Hint: Take whatever timeframe they give you for shipment arrival and give yourself a couple extra days cushion for arrival.
FYI: I'm having our September shipment sent to Bob's BMW near Baltimore, MD. They will receive the bikes, check them and report any damage, and put them on a trickle charger for the first 48 hours for $75 per bike. They will also do any service or tire changes before you arrive. Bob's is very close to BWI airport as well. For a donation to Ride for Kids they will pick you up at the airport too. If you're not interested in starting that far south,(we are interested in Gettysburg, Poconos, and Berkshires) I'd suggest shipping to Max BMW in North Hampton, NH. They were also very accomodating about receiving bikes and are well north of all the major cities and on the cusp of the great riding in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and upstate New York. Airfare and getting to the dealer can be problematic though. However, I'm sure you can find someone on this site or definitely on the BMWMOA site that would be willing to accept your bike as a courtesy. Just remember any damage has to be reported to the driver before he leaves or you're SOL and if anything is damaged you'll need parts and maybe service nearby.
NOTE: To all riders on this forum, if you're going to ship your bike to the west coast, I'd be happy to receive it in Sacramento at my crossdock operations hub. Sacramento Airport is 15 minutes away as is A&S BMW in Roseville. Say when!
Bob Morrow #4204
2014 K1600GTLE "Firefly" GTL 4 Two
2002 K1200LTE "Green Hornet" LT 4 Two (history)
"Kyrie Eleison down the road that I must travel"