20th November 2014

Motorcycle Shipping - Using a delivery company to transport a motorcycle

You need to transport a motorcycle, anywhere in the UK or mainland Europe.
Are you looking into Shipping your pride and joy because you're moving abroad?
Maybe you are going on a motorcycle tour across the UK or mainland Europe.

When it comes to letting someone collect your motorcycle from you and transport it to another destination, you should do everything you can to check out the motorcycle shipping companies history, ask for references, speak to previous customers and don't be afraid to ask plenty of questions, you are afterall trusting strangers to transport your motorcycle a long distance.

Motorcycle Shipping - Who to choose

We work with a lot of freight forwarders who get enquiries from people wanting to get their motorcycles shipped, they then get prices from different transport providers before getting back to the customer to give an all inclusive price, including a fee for their services. This can work out quite well if wanting a motorbike shipping abroad but if you need a motorbike collecting and delivering within the UK, it would be much more economical going straight to a dedicated motorcycle collection and delivery company, they will give you an all inclusive price to ship your motorcycle from door to door, no extras added on. 

Doing your homework when deciding which motorcycle shipping company to use, although it can seem tedious, it is vitally important as a lot of transport providers think they are insured to transport motorcycles and they are not, a general goods in transit insurance policy will not cover your motorcycle whilst it is been transported. 

What to ask/do when choosing a motorcycle shipping company

  • Check they have a presence on the web and they are not just a man and a van
  • Ask who they are insured with and what their insurance policy covers
  • Ask to see a copy of their insurances if you're at all doubtful
  • Think twice about using freight forwarders or auction websites proclaiming cheap motorcycle shipping
  • If you can't call and speak to a person, a real person who knows what they are talking about when it comes to motorcycle shipping, AVOID
  • Ask for references from real people, not just a feedback page on an auction website
  • Always remember, cheapest is not always best.... this is your pride and joy
  • Dedicated motorcycle transporters should also transport Scooters and Quads

Shipping motorcycles in a van

Obviously we provide motorcycle shipping professionally, our service might not always be ideal for you, if it isnt and we think someone else can offer you exactly what your looking for, we will pass you on to them. We don't quote on jobs for the sake of it.

Thanks for reading our motorcycle shipping advice, Whatever method you choose to get your motorcycle transported,

Author:Scott Wood

Tags:Motorcycle shipping, motorcycle shipping companies, shipping a motorcycle, European motorcycle shipping, UK motorcycle shipping, how to ship a motorcycle


Michael Combrinck Gravatar

Michael Combrinck

October 16th, 2018 at 12:22

Pickup date17.10.2018From (pickup details)William Combrinck17 Kennedy road ShrewsburySY3 7AB ShrewsburyUnited Kingdom+447545433674To (delivery details)Mike CombrinckPort Vell Carrer de l'Escar, 2608039 BarcelonaSpain (Mainland)+447545433674
Russell Woolley Gravatar

Russell Woolley

August 17th, 2019 at 12:13

Hi, can you please tell me the price to ship 2 motorcycles from Derby (UK) to Valenciennes (France)?
Nigel Edmondson Gravatar

Nigel Edmondson

February 3rd, 2020 at 22:07

Looking for a quote to ship our bike to southern Spain and back late August
Pete Gravatar


November 12th, 2020 at 22:41

Hi .... I’ve been attempting to purchase a motorcycle from a German seller who insists on cash. I’ve no way to make this happen .... can’t even travel during this lockdown period. I don’t suppose you offer any kind of service that could help do you please? I’d need the bike fetching too of course. Thanks in advance.Pete

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