Your Motorcycle Wants To Ride Hawaii, Too
Matt Ellis, Motorcycle Shippers Brand Ambassador. Armed with a laptop and camera, he can be often be found at the race track with friends and family. Motorcycle Shippers
So you’re planning a trip to Hawaii? The beauty, the culture, the twisty roads with scenery unmatched anywhere … you can’t wait to experience this with your spouse, but don’t you think your bike would like to enjoy it, too?
Sure, you could fly to paradise and rent a bike to see the yellow hibiscus in full bloom, or hear the call of the nēnē, but what would that be like? Rattling around on a clapped-out, underpowered, two-wheeled equivalent of some bad carnival ride, trying to find position in the uncomfortable cheek-indention of the last 100 riders?
No. You love riding. You love your bike. And let’s face it … you’d love to ride your bike in Hawaii.
Fortunately, we can make that possibility a reality!
We know that you’re a great rider, but building enough speed to hydroplane the Pacific is pretty unlikely and the chances of actually jumping a shark like Fonzie are slim, so we’ve created an easy means of shipping your motorcycle straight to Honolulu, so that your bike will be there waiting when you arrive!
Our 3-step process is easier than getting yourself to the islands, (and you don’t have to wait in lines). Simply give us a call, toll-free, at 1-800-730-3151 and we’ll give you an all-inclusive quote for getting your bike safely to the Aloha State. Then, when you’re ready to send her, we pick up the bike at your door and take it all the way to the port in Honolulu. Yep, it’s that easy!
We’re riders, too. We love our bikes and we know you love yours … after all, you’re taking it on a Hawaiian vacation!
With this in mind, we created our patented Pop-Up Crate that provides a Perimeter of Protection® and includes soft straps, to keep your ride safe during transport. We ship the ultra-lightweight, (just 120-pounds), crate ahead of time, so that you can secure your bike with your own, personal touch of care.
Once your bike is safely tucked-in, our team arrives with a specially-equipped, air-ride transport truck that is fitted with a motorcycle-friendly lift-gate to give your motorcycle a first-class lift to paradise!
We’ll transport your steed to the port in So-Cal, then further protect her within a fully-enclosed steel crate and load that into a steel shipping container so she can safely enjoy her cruise to Hawaii! (Okay, it’s a cargo ship, not a cruise line. Admittedly there won’t be any sunbathing or shuffleboard, but your bike will be very-well protected against the harsh elements while on board).
That’s it! The entire process takes roughly 25-days and you’ll enjoy a lifetime of memories with the wind in your hair as you take in some of the most breathtaking scenery this planet has to offer, while riding your motorcycle through Hawaii!
While there, you might consider one of the many options for island-to-island transport so that you can ride out to see the best scenery! There are a few spots we’d definitely recommend visiting throughout the state …
Be sure to check our Waimea Canyon, also known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” This beautiful gorge is over 10-miles long, 3,600 feet deep and it’s covered with lush greenery! There’s plenty of opportunity for hiking and off-saddle sight-seeing, so bring a picnic lunch and your hiking gear! Part of the Koke’e State Park, there are lots of things to see and do, including the Pu’u Hinahina Lookout that will leave you mesmerized! Oh, and don’t forget your camera!
If you get out to the Garden Isle of Kauai, you’ve gotta check out two spots that will forever remain etched in your memory and call you back again. Ke’e Beach has an amazing view of the virgin wilderness of the Na Pali coast and is teeming with wildlife – both on shore and beneath the waters! This is also the entrance to the Kalalua Trail, which is 11-miles of the most beautiful, (and most dangerous), hiking in the world, so be prepared to be adventurous, but use caution!
Also on Kauai, you’ll find some of the most beautiful waterfalls anywhere in the galaxy. (Well, at least on this planet). For those old enough to remember Herve Villechaize’s character “Tattoo” yelling out, “De Plane, boss! De Plaaaaane!” at the beginning of the 1970’s TV Show Fantasy Island, you’ll instantly recognize Wailua Falls. This majestic waterfall is a 173 foot high cascade located on the South Fork of the Wailua River near Lihue. With walking trails leading to the pool at the base, this fall was used for generations of Hawaiian natives as a death-defying leap to prove their transition into manhood. (Some still do, although it’s illegal, so we don’t recommend it!)
And, of course, a trip to Kauai isn’t complete without reliving the opening of the 1993 Steven Spielberg hit movie Jurassic Park by visiting Manawaiopuna Falls in the Hanapepe Valley. Granted, this is a privately-owned fall, so unless you’re tight with the owners, (check your contacts list!), you won’t be able to splash around in its waters, but this 400-foot tall fall that was featured in many shots of the classic dino movie is a heart-stopping sight from many places throughout the valley!
And, should you decide to splurge on one of the many available helicopter tours on Kauai, you’ll experience this fall like nothing else! With at least one of these tours, you hear the recognizable movie soundtrack begin to play in your headphones as you slowly fly over the edge of the fall and descend next to it’s 400-foot shower, experiencing the arrival to Jurassic Park first-hand, just as Jeff Goldblum did in the movie! (Sadly, your motorcycle will have to remain parked at the heliport pad).
Lastly in this very abbreviated list of Hawaii “Must-Sees,” there’s really no point in taking your bike to the isle of Maui, if not to experience what National Geographic referred to as a Drive [Ride] of a Lifetime on the Road to Hana. Make sure you top-off the tank first, because you’re about to experience over 50-miles of breathtaking scenery; wind through more than 600 twists and turns; and cross close to 60 bridges; all of it packed with waterfalls, exotic wildlife & flora and amazing views of the Pacific whispering with her waves at every corner!
And while you ride this amazing stretch of wonder, be sure to save time for a few stops along the way. Grab some fresh pineapple or other locally-grown indigenous fruits at the Twin Falls Maui Farm Stand before walking out to witness the Twin Falls Maui Waterfall. Stop at the Garden of Eden Arboretum & Botanical Gardens to feel even more of Jurassic Park, seeing the setting for much of the movie’s backdrop, (but watch out for the T-Rex … we hear she can be rather cranky). Honomanu Bay is also a must as you let the ocean’s gentle waves pull the sand from between your toes and, if waterfalls are your thing, make sure you stop at both the Upper Waikani Falls and Hanawi Falls to get the most of your adventure in paradise!
Back to the Grind
Don’t worry, you don’t need to sell off your motorcycle in Hawaii! Just bring it back to the port at the end of your Hawaiian adventure, load her back into your Pop-Up Crate and we’ll do the rest!
Rules and Stuff
There is, of course, a size restriction for motorcycles shipped to Hawaii. As long as your bike is a maximum of 90” long X 50” Tall X 31” wide, she’ll fit just fine, but please measure your bike prior to booking your order. (There is an additional charge for oversized bikes, just contact us for more info).
Your bike will remain fully-crated throughout her journey to the islands for your protection, AND we provide $7,000 of zero-deductible valuation coverage with every shipment. (If you’ve got one of those high-dollar custom rides, you can also purchase additional coverage for just $7 per $1,000 valuation). How’s that for peace of mind!
The pick-up address of origin must be tractor-trailer accessible, but if you live on a really tight street, or in a treehouse or something, you can always drop off your bike at one of our terminals for shipment, or have it shipped from a friend’s house or even meet us at a business location, (uh, a business you own or work at – or at least have permission in advance, otherwise things can get a little awkward).
The entire process to Hawaii takes about 25-days, so be sure to call us in plenty of time and give your bike an extra hug before she leaves. She’ll miss you, but considering the destination … well, let’s just say it’s more than worth the wait!
Plus, when all is said and done, the Pop-Up Crate is yours to keep to use for a future shipment! I mean, once you take your bike on a Hawaiian vacation, it’ll never let you go anywhere without it again. But then, that’s what we’re here for.