Must See Alaska Motorcycle Trip Destinations and How to Get There
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Want to Ride to Alaska? Here’s How.
An epic ride in an amazing location far away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. A destination ride is every motorcycle lover’s dream—especially amid “stay at home” orders and social distancing. And if Alaska is on your “bucket list, we’ve got good news: it’s surprisingly simple (and affordable!) to get your motorcycle to the Last Frontier.
Dreaming of an unforgettable destination ride in Alaska? Consider us your copilot on the adventure. Here’s our quick rundown on shipping your motorcycle to Alaska, plus a few essential rides once you and your bike reach the 49th state.
Your Quick Guide on Alaska Motorcycle Shipping
Winding roads. Sweeping curves. Panoramic horizons and unique wildlife. Absolute solitude. We can’t think of a single reason not to plan a ride in Alaska’s wide-open plains. (That includes shipping your motorcycle, which is surprisingly simple and affordable).
At Motorcycle Shippers, we know that motorcycle transport can be daunting. That’s why we handle every detail for you. Simply give us a call, toll-free, at 1-800-730-3151 and our team will help you calculate costs, timing and all the other logistics of getting your motorcycle from your door to your destination in Alaska.
How much does it cost to transport a motorcycle to Alaska?
With our Free Shipping Quote calculator, you can find exactly how much it costs to transport your motorcycle to Alaska. There’s no hidden fees and no surprises. Simply calculate shipping from your zip code to ours (92708). Then, add $1200 to your quote to cover delivery to Alaska.
How long does it take for my motorcycle to get to Alaska?
The total transport time from your location in the continental U.S. to Alaska is about 25 business days. In most cases, we can deliver your motorcycle right to your final destination in Alaska.
How does the process work?
Motorcycle Shippers provides end-to-end motorcycle transport to all 50 states, including Hawaii and Alaska. (Want to add Hawaii to your bucket list, too? Here’s how to transport a motorcycle to Hawaii.)
When you ship with us, our service includes:
- Pickup: We’ll pick up the motorcycle from your desired location.
- Packing: We’ll pack your motorcycle safely inside our Pop-Up Crate. Your motorcycle will be fully crated and packed inside a fully enclosed container. This system ensures your ride is protected from exposure to the elements while it’s on the ship, and the crate is yours to keep for future use.
- Delivery: We’ll deliver your motorcycle to the port or to a pre-determined dropoff location in Alaska. (For delivery to your door, we could require you to have a loading dock or forklift. Contact our team for more details.)
Motorcycle transport is all we do—and that’s a good thing! By focusing on the unique needs of motorcycles, we ensure your precious cargo gets from Point A to Alaska in the best possible condition.
Our drivers load your motorcycle on our special skid system. Then, we use our Perimeter of Protection® system and high-quality soft straps to protect your motorcycle on its way to our Southern California facility. For its trip to SoCal, your motorcycle will sit inside a fully enclosed, air-ride truck.
At our Southern California facility, our experts carefully prep and crate your motorcycle for the next phase of its journey. As your motorcycle travels by cargo ship to Alaska, it will be 100% enclosed in a steel crate, which sits securely inside a steel shipping container.
How much coverage do you provide for my motorcycle transport?
Motorcycle Shippers provides $7000 in valuation coverage. If you need additional coverage, you can purchase it at the rate of $7 per $1000 in valuation. There’s no deductible, and any claims are subject to your Motorcycle Shippers Contract.
In addition to insurance coverage, we take every precaution to keep your motorcycle safe during its travels to Alaska. We use fully enclosed truck transports with air-ride suspension, and they’re equipped with extra-large lift gates to accommodate your motorcycle. Our proprietary skids and well-honed transport system are designed by riders who understand the unique needs of motorcycles and are passionate about getting your ride safely to your destination—whether it’s Alaska, Hawaii or the continental U.S.
Special considerations for Alaska motorcycle transport
When you’re ready to transport your motorcycle to Alaska, keep these details in mind.
- When you book an order, be sure to measure your motorcycle. Maximum dimensions for motorcycles are 90” long x 50” high x 31” wide, and there’s a minimum $500 additional charge for oversized motorcycles ( 102” long x 50” high x 39” wide max).
- We’ll document the condition of your motorcycle when we pick it up.
- To ship your motorcycle to Alaska, we don’t need the keys or registration.
- Please make sure your tank is a maximum of 1/4 full at pickup.
- For your convenience, you can also use one of Motorcycle Shippers’ terminals to drop off your motorcycle.
Three of the Best Motorcycle Rides in Alaska
And now for the part you’ve been waiting for: having your motorcycle arrive safely and ready to hit the open road. Alaska is known for great rides, but here are a few to get you started.
- Anchorage to Fairbanks: Catch picturesque views of Mt. McKinley as you come through Talkeetna. From Talkeetna, pass through Denali State Park, which has breathtaking mountains
and lakes. Be sure to check out the 110 miles of unpaved roads and scenic backwoods of the Denali Highway if it’s open. (Pro tip: you’ll want to gas up in Denali, as the road to Fairbanks offers little in the way of options to do so!) From there, stop at the famous Moochers Tavern in Nenana or head straight on through to Fairbanks. The North Pole is just a few miles from Fairbanks, so be sure to explore that area once you arrive.
- Fairbanks to Tok: As you head southeast from Fairbanks, pass through the North Pole, then through Moose Creek. Further south, you’ll find the city of Delta Junction, which is surrounded by three of Alaska’s most beautiful mountain ranges. Before arriving in Tok, stop by Tanana Valley State Forest, which offers some of Alaska’s most majestic wilderness.
- Anchorage to Seward: Head south on Highway 1 to the city of Alyeska. Also known as Girdwood, Alyeska is surrounded by the impressive Church Mountain Range. As you head further south, you’ll come to the city of Moose Pass. Here, you’ll find Trail Lake, which serves as one of the headwater streams of the Kenai River. If you’re visiting in late summer, check out the salmon spawning grounds from the viewing decks set up overlooking the lake. From Moose Pass, it’s just about a half-hour south to Seward, where you’ll reach the Pacific Ocean.
Want to ready more from other riders who have made trips to Alaska? Is it safe to ride? Where do I stay? This and more can be found here from Angela Murray.
Ready to cross Alaska off your riding “bucket list?” Motorcycle Shippers is here to help. Use this form to get a free shipping quote to Alaska, Hawaii or anywhere else the open road beckons. (Curious about how we keep both you and your motorcycle safe amid COVID-19? Read our policy here.)