3 Ways To Transport Your Motorcycle on Moving Day
When you’re preparing to move to a new city, careful consideration must be given to the items within your home, of course. But how do you transport your methods of transport? Specifically, how do you move your motorcycle to your new home?
In this post, we’ll cover the most common options of transporting your motorcycle, including renting a motorcycle trailer, hauling it in a pickup truck, and driving it separately. Always be sure to consult your motorcycle’s owner’s manual for special transporting instructions and precautions.
Option 1) Rent a motorcycle trailer
Rent a motorcycle trailer that is specially-designed for safely hauling motorcycles. These motorcycle trailers typically come equipped with built-in wheel chocks and include heavy-duty tie-down sites and ramps for easier loading. You may also choose to rent an enclosed cargo trailer for surrounding protection, and purchase wheel chocks separately. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the particular motorcycle trailer you’ve rented prior to your move and ensure that you have the tie-downs you need to properly secure your bike. When using a motorcycle trailer, consider investing in ratchet tie-downs to ensure your motorcycle arrives safely. They will secure your bike, and usually have soft loops that won’t damage your paint job.
Option 2) Drive It
Moving the bike and your household goods all at once saves time, trips, and money, which is less hassle than going back to retrieve your bike. But driving your bike to your new residence is probably a viable option only if you’re moving someplace locally, and you don’t mind making a separate trip on your bike. If you’re going to be driving your motorcycle to your destination, remember to figure in the extra cost of fuel when you are calculating your moving budget, and be sure to plan your move dates so that you avoid inclement weather along your route.
Option 3) Haul It In Your Truck
If you drive a truck, or are renting a pickup truck, then you may be able to transport your motorcycle in the bed. If you are not able to lift the bike easily into the truck bed, consider purchasing a loading ramp so you can push or walk it up safely. Secure the bike to prevent damage by using portable wheel chocks and tie-downs, and close the tailgate completely.
Whichever is your preferred method of transporting your bike, remember that reading your motorcycle manufacturer’s instructions for towing is really your most important step. The recommended tie-down points and transportation precautions will vary from make to model.
Which of these methods have you used in the past? Which have you had success with? Let us know below in the comments section!
This post comes from the editors at Movinginsider.com; your resource for everything related to moving, storage and organization.
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