Shipping motorbikes requires more preparation than shipping cars. Because of their anatomy, more parts are exposed and therefore vulnerable, and bikes don’t have the stability that comes from resting on 4 wheels. To ensure that your motorbike reaches its destination in perfect condition, here are a few tips to follow:
You should disconnect the battery, securing the terminals, as well as make sure that the fuel tank is no more than a quarter full.
Your bike should be thoroughly cleaned prior to shipping, as it will be inspected meticulously upon arrival for traces of organic material such as plant debris.
As shipping costs are calculated on volume, you may choose to dismantle your bike to keep costs down so that it fits into a smaller crate. If you do, you will need to secure the different parts carefully so that they don’t get damaged in transit:
1. The forks shouldn’t be compressed down fully, and the bike should be tied half-way down on its suspension not all the way down, to allow room for movement.
2. Don’t rest your bike on its stand but on its wheels, as their relative bounciness will absorb any impact and vibrations during the journey.
Investing money in a good-quality crate is a wise decision, as it will be your bike’s first level of protection against the outside world in transit. Straps are another item you don’t want to skimp on as they will be securing your bike and its different parts. You will need at least 6 of them to ensure adequate restraining.
For further information on vehicle shipping, contact us, phone us on +64 9 303 0075, or get a free quote.
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