The price depends on the distance it must travel, the type of bike you own, the departure date, and the shipping method. Some companies also add service charges or handling fees to your order.
Many motorcycle transport companies require customers to pay the entire balance before the bike is shipped. The best idea is to pay a deposit at the time of your service order, with the remaining balance due upon delivery, so you'll have some bargaining power if anything goes wrong.
You'll be asked to choose between open and enclosed shipping. Open shipping is usually the less expensive option. If you're transporting your bike more than 500 miles, however, enclosed shipping is highly recommended. They put the bike into a container or strap it to a pallet and load it into an enclosed trailer. This method offers increased security and helps protect your bike from snow, rain or other potentially damaging elements.
You may hear of some motorcycle transport companies promising door-to-door shipping services. However, this does not necessarily mean that the vehicle will arrive directly at your door. Since the trucks used to move motorcycles can be up to 75 feet long, they simply cannot travel to some residential areas. You might be required to meet the driver at a nearby mall, grocery store, school, or large business parking lot.