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How to Transport a Vintage Motorcycle?

If you own a Ducati 916SPS or maybe a 1940 Indian 440 four-cylinder, choosing to transport your motorcycle can be a difficult decision. If you just purchased one of these sought-after bikes, you will want to be sure that your investment is in the right hands. Transporting your vintage motorcycle shouldn’t be a difficult decision, it should be your only choice when you’re looking to keep your bike in mint condition.

Vintage Motorcycle Transport Options

When it comes to motorcycle shipping, you have three different options: open, enclosed, and white glove. Open transport is cost-effective, but could also expose your bike to the outside elements like dirt and wind. For vintage motorcycle transport, you will likely want to choose enclosed or white glove transport.

Enclosed transport means your vintage bike will be stripped down to the walls or floor of an enclosed trailer.

White glove service means your bike will be placed onto a custom-built pallet and then carried into an enclosed trailer.

Preparing Your Vintage Motorcycle

If you just purchased your vintage bike, it is likely ready for transport. Still, you will want to do a few things to prepare the bike for the transport process.

  • Inspect the bike for any dings, scratches, or other cosmetic issues
  • Jot down any mechanical issues and take care of any issues that could cause a problem during transport, such as a fluid leak
  • Take photos of the motorcycle and be sure to include photos of any damage you noticed
  • Remove any loose items from the bike
  • Be sure to check the tire pressure

You also want to make sure you get copies of certain documents such as the contents list, any insurance you may have purchased for transport, and delivery contacts. Insurance is important in case anything happens during the transit process.

Car transporters are legally required to have liability insurance, but terms can vary, so be sure to review the transporter insurance terms carefully. Though American Car Transporters has successfully transported many vehicles, the actions of other drivers can lead to issues so it is best to be prepared.

At American Car Transporters, we provide a dedicated specialist who will be with you through every step of the motorcycle transport process. We offer competitive, affordable rates for those seeking vintage motorcycle transport assistance. Whether you’re moving, buying, or selling a motorcycle, we can help.

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