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7 Bucket List Rides for Motorcyclists

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Danny Reyes

Andrew Greene Guest writer, rider advocate and fan all things with 2 wheels.



Most motorcyclists have a bucket list of rides that they’ve always dreamed of taking. Whether it’s exploring the craggy coasts of Italy or the volcanic geysers of Iceland, these scenic rides are a big part of what motorcycling is all about for many riders. The human desire to explore and to experience nature feels that much more satisfying when you’re doing it from the back of your favorite machine with your friends’ voices encouraging you through your motorcycle bluetooth intercom.

These seven rides have gained legendary status among motorcyclists as some of the world’s most rewarding. Some are suitable for all skill levels, while others are for experts only. Some are dense and luscious forests, and some are expansive landscapes where you can see for miles in all directions. All provide an unforgettable two-wheel experience.

1. Tail of the Dragon, Tennessee/North Carolina, USA

It wouldn’t be a rider’s bucket list without the Tail of the Dragon, a ride that might be the East Coast’s single most venerated and most popular motorcycle route. The thing is, though, that it really does live up to the hype, with some of the most twisted motorcycle roads in America that will push your skills as a rider to their limit.

How crazy does it get? Let’s put it this way: 318 curves in 11 miles, with no intersections. In other words, it’s practically made for skilled motorcycle riding. And it doesn’t hurt that the scenery is amazing, with both the Cherokee National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains providing some of the nation’s best scenic riding.

 2. Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Amalfi Coast, Italy

Southern Italy contains some of Europe’s most beautiful vistas, and the Amalfi Coast offers a perfectly crystallized vision of what this region is all about. Plunging cliffs, azure waters and buildings hundreds of years old combine to create a truly breathtaking experience. And that experience is even better when it happens on the back of a bike.

A fast motorcycle tour of the region will take around two days, but it’s better to stretch it out and enjoy the food, wine and historic architecture if you’ve got the time. The area between the cities of Sorrento and Salerno is the Amalfi Coast proper, but the coast lies close enough to Rome and Naples that any bike tourer should try to see the entire area if possible.

 3. Pacific Coast Highway, California, USA

Motorcycle rider on Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway, CA

The Pacific Coast Highway is a legendary ride that winds its way through some of California’s most legendary scenery. The highway runs over 650 miles in its entirety, but you don’t even need to tackle the whole thing to take in the incredible vistas that the route is known for.

Throughout the route (particularly in its northern sections), you’ll see pristine beaches that are often teeming with sea lions. The PCH also crosses the Golden Gate Bridge, a must-see for those who love America’s architectural landmarks. Finally, don’t forget to stop at some of the many independent roadside restaurants dotting the PCH for a fresh and tasty meal.

4. Icelandic Ring Road, Iceland

Iceland packs an incredible amount of gorgeous sights into a country smaller than many U.S. states, and the best way to see them from a bike is by traveling the Icelandic Ring Road, a road that circles the outer rim of the country in around 15-17 hours of riding time. Iceland is one of the world’s most recently formed landmasses, and its intense volcanic activity creates stunning geysers, waterfalls and other natural features.

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Icelandic Ring Road, Iceland

Start by exploring the sights in the capital of Reykjavik before moving on to amazing natural spaces like the Dimmuborgir lava fields and the raging Gullfoss waterfall. Of course, Iceland does present the logistical challenge of transporting your bike to the island, so look into local motorcycle rental options (or ferries from Denmark, if you’ve gotta have your own wheels).

5. Salmon River Scenic Byway, Idaho, USA

The Salmon River Byway winds its way through the lands around the Idaho-Montana border, crossing through the primeval forest, jagged mountains and the 7,000-foot Lost Trail Pass. The forests are also crowded with animals like elk and deer, which makes for great nature viewing opportunities, but also makes it imperative to maintain concentration while riding.

Riders should know that this is a truly curvaceous route, so don’t expect a lot of long straightaways for opening up the throttle. But if twisted is your style, take a tour of it and see the multiple nearby national forests, each of which provides its own hair-raisingly fun riding challenges.

6. Normandy, France

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Mountain pass between France and Switzerland

Like your rides with a side of history? The Normandy run will give you the chills. Fans of both medieval and 20th-century history will find plenty to see, including the picturesque monastery of Mont St. Michel. But the main attractions, of course, are the beaches of the D-Day landing, complete with abandoned Nazi fortifications. In general, this region of Europe is packed with history. If you have some time to spend in the area, you can start in a nearby city like Paris or Ghent and work your way along the northern coast of France. Fancy a visit to England? It’s a short hop across the Channel via the ferries that operate from ports like Calais.

 7. The Transfăgărășan Highway, Romania

Motorcycle rider sanding in from of her bike on the transfagarasm highway
Transfagarasm Highway, Romania

Some of Europe’s most idyllic countryside lies well outside the traditional tours of Italy, France, Germany and the rest of the west. Case in point: Romania’s Transfăgărășan Highway, which snakes through the Carpathian Mountains and plunges through lush green valleys. Its remote location means it’s rarely used by business travelers, making it the perfect playground for motorsport enthusiasts.

The highway is also dotted with offbeat attractions like Poenari Castle, in which the actual Vlad Dracul (the inspiration for Dracula) once lived. You can even stay in a hotel that’s carved completely from ice for a truly unique experience.

Which one of these amazing routes will be your next big riding trip? That’s up to you. Just remember to be realistic about your skill level and your group’s needs when you’re choosing routes, and don’t forget to pack motorcycle road trip essentials

How to Transport a Motorcycle | Guide with Cost

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Clint Lawrence

Clint Lawrence, founder of Motorcycle Shippers. Helping give riders more freedom to enjoy the bikes they love. [email protected]


How to Transport a Motorcycle – 4 Options Plus, Pros/Cons and Cost Estimates for Each

If you’ve ever had to move your motorcycle before, you already know that the process is a lot easier said than done. Maybe you’re moving your family cross-country for a new job or greener pastures. Maybe you found a sweet deal on a motorcycle located a few states away. Or maybe you want to attend one of the many motorcycle rallies but don’t have enough time to ride your motorcycle both ways. No matter your reason for needing to transport a motorcycle, one thing is clear: knowing where to start is the trickiest part.

Should you move your motorcycle yourself? What special equipment would you need to do so? Should you hire a professional to ship your motorcycle? How do you choose the right shipping service for your precious cargo? There’s a lot to consider when moving your motorcycle. Let’s cut through the confusion and weigh the pros and cons of each option.

(Want to assess your options based on the cost to your wallet? Read our guide on how to find cheap motorcycle transport.)Map of the US and man riding motorcycle

Your Four Best Options When You Need to Transport a Motorcycle

When you need to ship your motorcycle from Point A to Point B, you have three main options. You can go the DIY route. You can hire a general freight shipper. Or you can choose a company that specializes in exclusively shipping motorcycles. Each comes with its own risks and rewards.

1) How to Transport a Motorcycle Yourself

Upon first glance, the DIY approach might seem like the best bet. While there are definitely some advantages to doing everything yourself, there are also some downsides you may not have considered. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of DIY motorcycle shipping.

The Pros

You’re in control and could save money (if you do it right)

 Every rider loves to be in control; that’s one of the reasons that we ride in the first place. Your bike means a lot to you, so letting it out of your hands and into those of a stranger can feel unsettling. And then there’s the shipping schedule: by going DIY style, you can control when your motorcycle departs and reaches its destination. Moving your motorcycle yourself can also be less expensive than other options, but that depends upon distance and whether you already own a well-equipped truck.

(Want to move your motorcycle yourself? Read our quick 2023 guide.)

The Cons

Time, money and equipment costs can quickly add up

Transporting a motorcycle yourself might sound like the cheapest way to get your bike where it needs to go. But the DIY route isn’t as easy as it sounds. One of the first things you’ll need to consider is the equipment involved. Do you have a trailer or flatbed big enough to safely move your bike? How about a ramp to get your motorcycle onto the trailer? If you don’t already own it, you’ll need to purchase all the equipment—like ratchet or cam buckle tie-downs—that’s necessary to secure your motorcycle. If you scrimp on tie-downs, you could wind up with a damaged motorcycle.

As with nearly all DIY projects, getting the job done right takes more time and money than you initially estimate. (And as the adage goes, “the only thing you can’t get back is time.”) You’ll also want to factor in gas costs and the wear and tear on your vehicle when you evaluate the pros and cons of transporting your motorcycle yourself.

How to Do it

Motorcycle strapped in the back of a pickup truck
Choosing the correct angle for your straps and place them high on the bike

Take the time to do it right

If you decide to take the plunge and move your motorcycle yourself, you’ll want to make sure you take all necessary precautions. Here are a few highlights from our article on transporting a motorcycle yourself:

  • Get the right vehicle or trailer: Make sure you have a vehicle or trailer that’s properly equipped to secure your motorcycle. Most people use their own trucks. Other options include renting a trailer from UHAUL, which we’ve done from time to time, buying a motorcycle carrier or for the true DIYers, building your own motorcycle carrier. (Check out this helpful video on the DIY route and this quick article on the best motorcycle hitch carriers.)
  • Get help: Even though you’re shipping the motorcycle yourself, don’t try and load it onto your moving vehicle alone. We’ve heard of people getting seriously injured when attempting to drive their motorcycle up the ramp onto their vehicle. Find friends to help. Put your motorcycle in neutral and have a person on each side to balance the bike up the ramp.
  • Tie it down: As we mentioned above, tying down your motorcycle properly is critical to keeping it stationary, and damage-free, during transport. Start with a soft tye and find a structurally solid place to wrap it. Try the lower triple clamp or fork assembly, and avoid wires and brake lines. Make sure the strap doesn’t apply pressure to the fenders and bodywork, which is one of the quickest ways to cause damage to your motorcycle.

    Overhead diagram of proper motorcycle strapping locations
    Make sure you use at least 4 straps per bike, 1 from each corner
  • Check your insurance: Make sure your motorcycle is covered by your insurance just in case an accident occurs during the move.

What’s the bottom line on transporting a motorcycle yourself? If you care about keeping your motorcycle safe, you need to spend the time, and the money, to do it right. Don’t scrimp on equipment, or else you could run into damages that far outweighs the time and money involved with properly securing your motorcycle in the first place.

2) How to Transport a Motorcycle Using a Freight Company

Don’t have the time to ship your motorcycle yourself? Is speed and reliability your main focus? Are you willing to pay for speed and reliability? One option is to enlist the help of a local and/or national freight carrier. These companies specialize in moving large shipments throughout the country. A simple Google search for freight companies will turn up numerous companies offering to transport your motorcycle to your destination. There are far more of these standard freight companies out there than there are specialized motorcycle shippers (professional services).

When you go this route, your bike must be loaded into a fully-enclosed wood or steel crate as it will be shipped along with other business and industrial goods. This allows the shipping company to maximize its load and minimize its costs.

The Pros

Freight Truck and Crated Motorcycle with Destination Map
Moving a bike using a freight truck requires a fully enclosed crate. The image above is for reference only.

Reliability and timeliness

While freight shippers typically lack specialized experience and equipment for shipping motorcycles, these services are generally reliable and quick. The average transit time is 3-7 days to most areas of the US. Remember, this is the transit time only and does not include the time it will take you to get the motorcycle crated and ready for transport. Because these companies make their money by being on time and providing dependable service, you can typically count on your bike arriving when it’s supposed to, and in one piece. The faster your motorcycle arrives, the sooner you can start riding.

The Cons

Cost and preparation time

There are some pitfalls to shipping your precious two-wheeled cargo with a freight company. The cost to complete the actual move is fair, but the overall cost is high because you have to supply the custom crate. Additionally, you need to make sure that you provide them with an accurate weight and dimensions when you request the quote. If your numbers are off, you will get a larger bill than expected. These hidden costs can be substantial. Insurance can also be costly and may be subject to a deductible. In some cases, insurance may not even be available from some carriers.

The time required for preparation is consumed mostly by the process of having the bike crated. Every crating service will be different, but most will take a minimum of 3 days and most will average 4-7 days to build the crate. If you can plan ahead for your shipment, this delay may be irrelevant to your needs. But if you are in a hurry to get the motorcycle on truck, it’s a serious factor to consider.

How to Do it

It all starts with the right crate

You’ll need to have your motorcycle crated and secured before a general shipper will take it onboard. You can either build the crate yourself or purchase one online.

  • Build the crate yourself: Here’s a video that walks you through the process and the materials you’ll need. Make sure that you build your crate in a well-ventilated area, and wear your safety goggles at all times.
  • Hire a company to build the crate: Your crate must be built to withstand the normal hazards of shipping. You can have a local crating service build you a custom crate that accurately fits the dimensions of your bike. This will help keep your freight costs to a minimum.
    pop up motorcycle crate
    A proper crate can be made of wood or steel


  • Purchase a pre-built crate: If you’d rather not go DIY or anticipate that you’ll need to ship your motorcycle more than once, it could be economical to purchase a crate. The best options will include motorcycle-specific features such as soft synch tie-down straps and strategically placed anchor points for easily securing your motorcycle. You can buy a pre-built crate here.

Once your motorcycle is crated, you’ll need to hire a general freight shipper, also known as a common carrier, or a trucking company that will pick up the crate and move it like normal cargo. General freight shippers are easy to find with a quick internet search. You can use a tool like Freight Quote to compare quotes from different carriers.

Once you locate your carrier of choice, pick up the phone. By asking specific questions about the service, you’ll be able to get a clearer picture of the freight company’s requirements, protocols and fees for shipping your motorcycle. An actual conversation with the company is often a better barometer for quality than online reviews alone.

3) How to Transport a Motorcycle Using an Independent Hauler

An independent service, which you often locate through a website that connects you with hard-working people willing to haul just about anything.

The Pros

Cost, usually

The gig economy is thriving these days, and it’s a true blessing to all of those who make a living working on their own as these “road warriors” work extra hard to make a fair living. There are many good websites today that can help you get connected to an Independent Service provider who will offer affordable motorcycle transport, but the final cost depends on their availability. Although they are usually on the more affordable side, prices can vary greatly and often may eclipse the cost of a more professional service.

The Cons

motorcycles loaded on an open trailer
Open trailers are usually a cost-effective way to move motorcycles

Familiarity with motorcycles, insurance and proper licensing

A good portion of the independent service providers are choosing to provide transport services based on their ability to match the pickup and drop-off location request. In other words, they are don’t care as much about the type of products being moved as they do the location. Many times these providers are not familiar with motorcycles and don’t know how to safely secure them. They may not even have the right equipment for the job.

In addition, additional insurance policies are virtually non-existent with the service providers. This means they may have the basic insurance they need to operate, but any damage claims might be hard to get covered. There are usually other ways to purchase this additional insurance, but it does add to the overall cost.

How to Do it

Start with asking the right questions

What type of straps do you use to secure my bike? What type of vehicle are you going to move it with, open or fully enclosed? Do you have any pictures of motorcycles that you have moved?

It is vital that you check the licensing of anyone that is offering to ship your motorcycle. This rule stands for Independent Services. All interstate carriers should be able to produce documentation proving that they are in compliance. You can verify that their license is current here on the FMCSA website.

We always recommend buying insurance or valuation coverage to cover yourself. If your motorcycle never shows up, or shows up in a less-than-pristine condition, you’re out a good chunk of change.

In addition, ask about the deductible. Some do have the option to avoid the deductible for a cost, and some don’t even have a deductible. It’s best to know the cost upfront so that it can be factored into your final decision. Lastly, get the details on how you might file a claim in the event of an accident.

4) How to Transport a Motorcycle Using a Professional Motorcycle Shipper

If you don’t want to transport your motorcycle yourself, that leaves you with independent services, freight companies and professional services. Of these non-DIY options, professional motorcycle shippers offer the most specialized experience and equipment. Here’s a quick rundown of the pros and cons of going with professionals.

The Pros

A shipper that knows motorcycles

The biggest advantages of hiring a professional motorcycle transport company are equipment, experience and ease.

  • Equipment: In most cases, a company that specializes in shipping motorcycles will have equipment that’s custom-designed to meet the unique needs of your ride. From specialty trucks to hardware and tie-downs, professional motorcycle movers will have invested in all the gear needed to get your cargo from Point A to Point B.

    Motorcycle shipping truck inside a warehouse with motorcycles on skids
    Professional motorcycle movers sometime use specialized equipment to help protect the bike and make handling a bit easier
  • Experience: Have concerns about extra protection for a custom paint job? Want to ship an especially large (or especially valuable) motorcycle? Does your motorcycle have a unique feature that needs to be considered during the shipping process? When you choose a professional motorcycle transport company, its team will have the experience needed to help you navigate these situations and more. Experience doesn’t just ease your mind; it also translates to a timely, damage-free process for your two-wheeled cargo.
  • Ease: With a professional motorcycle transport company, there’s no need to get a crate, get insurance or otherwise get your hands dirty. These specialized shipping companies typically provide an end-to-end service, picking up and dropping off your motorcycle from the location you choose with minimal time required from you.

The Cons

Because professional motorcycle transport companies have specialized equipment and expertise, the cost of using these services can sometimes be a little higher than doing everything yourself. However, the price will be less than using a general freight company. You might be relinquishing control of the shipping process by using a service rather than DIY, but in the end, high-quality motorcycle shippers will deliver a streamlined, safe experience that saves you time and hassle.

How to Do it

If you’ve ever searched for a professional motorcycle mover, you already know that a Google search will provide many options. But look a little more closely at those search results. You’ll quickly realize that many companies say they ship motorcycles, but most of them lack the special equipment and training to safely transport your bike. When your motorcycle matters, it’s critical to go with an expert.

Use these quick tips to ensure you choose the best professional motorcycle transport service:

  • Confirm that the company is licensed and in compliance; you can search for this yourself using their US DOT number and the FMCSA website

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    Large liftgates are helpful when loading motorcycles
  • Confirm accessibility of both pickup and drop-off locations before you finalize your quote to avoid extra fees
  • Ask about the company’s equipment for shipping motorcycles; if they don’t have a clear answer, they’re not a specialist
  • Make sure that the service’s basic valuation coverage is sufficient for your motorcycle, or upgrade if it falls short
  • Confirm that the service provides online booking and tracking information

If the company has all these capabilities in place, then move forward with your quote. You should be able to get a quote for free. If a motorcycle transport service requires payment in return for a quote (or won’t be transparent about added costs), consider it a major red flag and move on.

The cost to transport a motorcycle

Compare the cost: You may be able to minimize the risk of damage by choosing a company that specializes in shipping motorcycles, but at what additional cost? The answer to this question will vary depending on factors like distance shipped, zip codes for pick up and delivery, size of motorcycle, season, fuel costs, etc. In short, every shipment will vary somewhat, but we wanted to help create a very simple comparison of the (3) ways to move a motorcycle:

Chart showing cost comparison for motorcycle shipping methods

  • Rates were sampled on 5/5/2020

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    Average cost provided by the AAA
  • Independent Service Cost Quote
  • Average cost to drive a Pick up Truck is .53 cents/mile, based on data from AAA


The Bottom Line on How to Transport a Motorcycle

No matter the reason for transporting your motorcycle, your top priority should be to ensure your bike arrives at its destination in pristine condition. Moving your motorcycle yourself can be a good option as long as you factor in the true costs of the process and secure the right equipment. If you forego the DIY route, you’re left with independent services, freight companies and motorcycle shipping specialists. These services offer varying degrees of experience, costs, insurance coverage and transport equipment, so it’s important to look at the full picture before deciding which motorcycle transport option is best for you.

Have you decided to use a professional motorcycle transport company? Do you have questions about how to transport a motorcycle? Motorcycle Shippers is here for you. We’re one of just two companies truly specialized in transporting motorcycles, and we love helping riders find the solution that gets them back on their motorcycle faster. When you’re ready to take the next step, our flat-rate quotes offer the transparency you deserve.

Must See Alaska Motorcycle Trip Destinations and How to Get There

Matt Ellis

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

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

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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:

  1. Pickup: We’ll pick up the motorcycle from your desired location.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
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    Mount Mckinley

    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.

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    Ketchikan Alaska Creek Street Historic Boardwalk

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.)

Your Quick Guide to the Daytona Beach Biketoberfest 2023

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Clint Lawrence

Clint Lawrence, founder of Motorcycle Shippers. Helping give riders more freedom to enjoy the bikes they love. [email protected]


Four days of high-octane street festivals. Scenic rides around Daytona Beach’s famous A1A, historic Main Street, custom bike builds and racing at Daytona International Speedway. If there’s one thing we need right now, it’s a good rally. And although Biketoberfest® isn’t kicking off until, well, October, that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning now.

If you’ve been to Biketoberfest® before, you already know that it’s one of the southeast’s signature motorcycle events. Haven’t made it to Daytona Beach for the festival before? There’s never been a better time to treat yourself to a good old-fashioned motorcycle rally. Here’s your quick guide to all things Biketoberfest®.

When: October 19-22, 2023

Summer riding is about as iconic as it gets, and there are plenty of rallies lined up in the months ahead. (One definitely worth checking out is Laconia Bike Week June 10-18.) But despite summer’s hot weather and perpetual vacation mindset, there’s arguably no better time to ride than the fall. That’s especially the case in Florida, where the weather is ideal once the season turns. As the 31st Annual Biketoberfest® organizers say, it’s the time of year for “putting those knees in the breeze.”

Biketoberfest® 2023 is slated to kick off on Thursday, Oct. 19 and run through Sunday, Oct. 22. In years past, more than 125,000 riders turned out for the four-day rally. Organizers are expecting a similarly large turnout this year.

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Photos Courtesy of Biketoberfest

Where: Daytona Beach, Florida

Biketoberfest® is one of Daytona Beach’s biggest rallies, taking over the beach town for a long weekend packed with events. You’ll find street vendors and bike builds throughout Daytona Beach, but here are a few locations to keep in mind:

  • Official Welcome Center: Located at ONE DAYTONA (directly across from the Daytona International Speedway on the corner of Checkered Flag and Daytona boulevards), the welcome center should be your first stop. Go there to pick up your official pin, poker chip, and poster daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Vendor Hubs: You’ll find vendors, saloons, and other Biketoberfest® events along Main Street in Daytona Beach, plus in Ormond Beach, Midtown, and Downtown Daytona Beach.
  • Daytona International Speedway: Although Biketoberfest® races haven’t yet been announced, there’s sure to be plenty of action at the iconic speedway, located at 1801 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach.


From hotels and timeshares to campgrounds, Daytona Beach has no shortage of accommodations. The official Biketoberfest® App is the best source for lodging options; you could spend hours scrolling through its hotel and motel options. But until you download the app, here are a few less conventional stays worth considering:

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Daytona Beach Shores Hotel

You can also check the event’s official accommodations site in the coming weeks for the latest lodging availability across 200 local properties.

“Don’t Miss” Events

Organizers haven’t released the full slate of Biketoberfest® events yet, but we’ll update you when they do. Want to be the first to know about the festival’s schedule? As with accommodations, the Biketoberfest® App should be your go-to resource for “up-to-the-minute” event news.

A Few Great Rides

If past events are any indication, you’ll have plenty to do during the four-day rally. But if you’re looking to fit in an extra ride (or two or three), try these nearby routes:

  • Lucky Ride: Sponsored by Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club, this quick ride will take you from Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club to DeLand and back.
  • The Loop: A more than 30-mile route, The Loop features plenty of scenery, including the South’s signature strong oaks, a river, and a marsh.
  • S. Hwy 1 Ride: This urban ride takes you past iconic restaurants and bars, all the way to the iconic A1A, then incorporates The Loop before bringing you back to your starting point.
  • National Seashore Ride: This ride passes through New Smyrna Beach to Canaveral National Seashore and back.
  • Ponce Inlet Ride: This coastal route takes you to the beautiful Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and back.
  • Old City Ride: Take a ride to St. Augustine before arriving back in Daytona Beach for more festivities.
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Loop Ride – Photo Courtesy of

Worried about finding your way or getting lost as you explore all the Daytona Beach area has to offer? Download the REVER motorcycle trip planner app for turn-by-turn directions. Then, follow Biketoberfest® Rally! and you’ll be ready for all the adventures that await. (You can also visit the event website, and check the festival app, for more ride ideas.)

Motorcycle Transport to Biketoberfest®

No rally would be complete without your motorcycle. But depending on where you live, riding all the way to Florida and back might be too much of a trek. Or maybe you want to ride your motorcycle there but transport it back home to make the most of your vacation. Whether you need your motorcycle transported to or from Daytona Beach—or both ways—Motorcycle Shippers is here to help.

As you plan your Biketoberfest® trip, let us get you a free quote on shipping your motorcycle. Like you, we’re passionate about riding—and committed to getting your motorcycle from Point A to Point B safely.

Questions? Drop us a line. Quote? Fill out this simple form. We’re here to help you plan your best Biketoberfest® yet.

How to Find Cheap Motorcycle Transport (and Avoid Hidden Costs)


Maybe your perfect motorcycle already costs a little more than you wanted it to. Or maybe, you got the deal of the century—well, barn finds aside—buying your motorcycle that is halfway across the country. No matter what you shelled out for your ride, one thing is for sure: no one wants to pay a fortune to ship their motorcycle.

Are you looking for the cheapest way to transport your precious two-wheeled cargo? Use these quick tips for cheap motorcycle transport to ship your bike without breaking the bank. (Because that money would be better spent on your motorcycle, don’t you think?)

What’s the Cheapest Way to Transport a Motorcycle?

It’s About More than Just the Initial Price Tag

There are 3 ways to get the job done.

  1. Move it Yourself. Get a truck or trailer and make the drive.
  2. Find an Independent Service. This is usually “a guy in a truck” who works on their own.
  3. Hire a Professional Service. These are companies who specialize in transport with multiple trucks and drivers.

Throughout this guide we will help you choose the most affordable method.

Cheap Motorcycle Transport Tip #1:

Moving a motorcycle yourself can be a quick, simple and cheap option if done correctly.

If you’ve decided to forego the DIY approach of moving it yourself  and scour the internet for a cheap motorcycle transport options there are some things to keep in mind. Whether you need to ship a motorcycle you bought online cross-country or are moving and have to get your motorcycle to your new home, these quick tips will ensure you’re actually getting the cheap motorcycle transport you’re looking for.

If you have a pickup truck, or you can borrow one from a friend then you are well on your way to using this solution. A good ramp and tie-downs are a must have, along with someone to help you load and unload the bike. We have put together a list of tips to use when moving a motorcycle yourself. This DIY option can be fun and rewarding in more than just your pocket book. It’s a road trip and it’s certain that the drive home will be just as fun as the drive there. When you get home its “Ride Time”!

Keep in mind that you will want to consider making it a 2-day trip for longer travels, and include the cost of the hotel stay in your plans. It pays to stay rested and arrive home motorcycle shipping

If you don’t happen to have a pickup but have a vehicle with a hitch, there are very affordable trailers available from companies like Uhaul. One model in particular has an extra wide, built-in ramp that works very well for motorcycles. Most of these trailers have the eye hooks you need to secure the bike using straps. Of course, you’ll need to buy the right tie-downs. (Hint: Go for ratchet or cam buckles, not the $10 pack from your local home improvement warehouse). Here is a good article to help you choose the right tie-downs. There is potential for damage if you don’t strap down your bike quite right. When looking for cheap motorcycle transport, you will want to factor in the value of your time, fuel, vehicle wear and tear and possibly a hotel stay. We will provide a sample later in this article to help you visualize the costs involved.

Cheap Motorcycle Transport Tip #2:

When Using Any Service, Make Sure the Driver is Licensed and Insured (and the Delivery is Tracked)

You’ve probably seen a few websites online that seem to connect you with people who are willing to haul most anything. These are referred to here as Independent Services, provided by hard working individuals who provide transport for motorcycles, cars, equipment or general freight of any type as requested.  Sometimes, this is simply the cheapest motorcycle shipping available because the person hauling your shipment doesn’t have the overhead costs that a larger company might have. It’s can be common for these Independent Service providers to show up in a pickup truck, van or with a personal sized trailer in which they load the freight.

Many times, these truckers are super responsible and get the job down just as promised, but it is vital that you check the licensing of anyone that is offering to ship your motorcycle. This rule stands for Independent Services as well as Professional Services. All interstate carriers should be licensed and should be able to produce documentation proving that they are in compliance. You can ask them for the US DOT number and verify that their license is current here on the FMCSA website.

Avoid the extra cost: Make sure the person or company offering cheap motorcycle transport is licensed and provides a way to track your shipment. In the case of using an Independent Service, your tracking may be limited to calling the driver for updates, so make sure you have the drivers phone number.  More importantly, make sure that you have verified their phone number by calling them before your motorcycle is actually picked up. This exercise simply increases the chances of your bike arriving safely—and saves you from the considerable costs of dealing with a damaged or MIA motorcycle.

Cheap Motorcycle Transport Tip #3:

Go for the Expert

When your motorcycle is being shipped accidents can happen. No matter whether you choose and Independent or Professional Service, if you choose a company that doesn’t have experience with shipping motorcycles, that risk increases exponentially.

Motorcycles have unique designs and equally unique shipping needs. Take tie-downs, for example. A failed tie-down could cause anything from scratches to major damage. But to someone who doesn’t know motorcycles, tie-downs might not seem like a big deal. The straps you choose, and how you use them, also impacts the ability to transport a motorcycle safely.

Pro Tip: Your transport company should be using at least four straps, and the hooks should never contact your motorcycle.

A motorcycle shipping expert will also be able to help you determine whether your bike can be loaded and moved safely in an open or closed trailer. But since we’re on the topic, here’s a good rule of thumb: if your motorcycle is being shipped a long distance, is fragile and/or holds value, go with a closed trailer. It keeps your motorcycle safer and stops the elements from damaging your finish. If you are moving a dirt bike or other off road vehicle that may already have some scratches or other damage, an open transport might be a good option for you.

Here’s a quick checklist of equipment that your motorcycle transport company should provide:

  • Specialty trucks that are equipped with a lift gate or similar loading-assist function. If a lift gate is not available, secure ramps for safe loading and unloading may suffice as well, but they must be wide enough to safely navigate the bike with someone walking along side. Air-ride suspension or a similar design that doesn’t bounce your motorcycle while in transit. Constant movement of your bikes suspension while in transit can cause unnecessary wear on your shocks, forks and seals.
  • Hardware that is specialized for the needs of shipping motorcycles. Some companies use skids or custom pallets to help ensure safety. Other companies may have wheel chocks, spacing bars or harnesses that work to keep the motorcycle from moving during transport.
  • Tie-downs that protect fragile finishes. As mentioned previously, handlebars and other fragile areas of your motorcycle should never be secured with metal hooks. Good tie downs have soft nylon soft ties that won’t mar the finish.

At the end of the day, choosing a transport company that’s well-equipped to ship motorcycles increases your chances of receiving your bike in the same condition as when it was shipped. That’s good news for your motorcycle and your wallet.

Compare the cost: You may be able to minimize the risk of damage by choosing a company that specializes in shipping motorcycles, but at what additional cost? The answer to this question will vary depending on factors like distance shipped, zip codes for pick up and delivery, size of motorcycle, season, fuel costs, etc. In short, every shipment will vary somewhat, but we wanted to help create a very simple comparison of the (3) ways to move a motorcycle:

cheap motorcycle transport cost comparison
Cost comparison done on May 5th, 2020.
  • Professional Service Cost rates were sampled on 5/5/2020

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    Average cost provided by the AAA
  • Independent Service Cost Quote
  • Average cost to drive a Pick up Truck is .53 cents/mile, based on data from AAA


Cheap Motorcycle Transport Tip #4:

Watch for Additional Fees (and Go Door-to-Door if Possible)

To confirm you’ve actually found a cheap motorcycle transport option, pay close attention to all the fees that the person or company is including in its price. Additional fees are more common to see when using a Professional Service. Some common fees include:

  • Rural or “beyond” fees based on pick up or delivery locations
  • Oversize motorcycle charges for large bikes
  • Fuel surcharges based on the Diesel Fuel Prices posted by the EIA
  • Toll road Fees
  • Lift gate fees
  • Insurance fees
  • Residential fees for door-to-door shipping
  • Attempted delivery fees. This happens when you are not available to meet the driver, or the driver cannot access the location.
  • Storage fees. These can occur when the bike cannot be delivered on schedule, most often related to an attempted delivery as stated above.

Pro Tip: Many Professional Service providers offer a door-to-door shipping service. This is obviously the most convenient option and may not even cost you any more than a service that utilizes a one of their terminals, but many times you need to ask for it. If a door-to-door pickup and drop-off is not something they offer, make sure you agree to both locations before finalizing your quote. Otherwise, you could be facing additional fees for accommodating your location. You see, some companies use large trucks won’t fit on smaller streets, and some don’t offer service at all to high density “down town” locations or remote areas. This could also mean that your shipment is delayed. All of the frustration that comes with a “surprise” on your final invoice.

Avoid the extra cost: Confirm the specific details of your requested pick up and delivery locations when you book the order. That way, any additional fees will be clear before you get the invoice.

Cheap Motorcycle Transport Tip #5:

Get the Right Type of Insurance

Almost all Professional Service providers offer some sort of insurance or valuation coverage and some even include it in the price. Some Independent Service providers offer coverage as well, but more often than not, you will need to inquire about the coverage and the cost. Most commonly, the cost is not included in the price.

When you’re assessing the true cost of your cheap motorcycle transport solution, it’s also very important to give the providers basic coverage a second look. Does it cover everything that you need? That answer won’t always be “yes,” especially if you have a valuable motorcycle.

It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your motorcycle. Ask the motorcycle transport provider about its insurance or valuation coverage and what isn’t included in its base-level coverage.

The gig economy is thriving these days, and it’s a true blessing to all of those who make a living working on their own. There are many good websites today that can help you get connected to an Independent Service provider who will offer cheap motorcycle transport and deliver your motorcycle without a scratch. But when using these services, we always recommend buying insurance or valuation coverage to cover yourself. It’s an added cost but it’s important to remember that the service provider or website that you used may not take responsibility if something goes awry. And if your motorcycle never shows up, or shows up in a less than pristine condition, you’re out a good chunk of change.

Pro Tip: Ask about the deductible. Many policies have a deductible and some may not mention it up front. Some do have an option to avoid the deductible for a cost. As with every other aspect of motorcycle transport pricing, it’s best to know the cost up front so that it can be factored into your final decision. In addition, get the details on how you might file a claim in the event of an accident. Having coverage is one thing, but how long will you have to wait to be paid?

Avoid the extra cost: This does highlight a major hidden cost of motorcycle transport: the cost of something going wrong. Choose a motorcycle shipper that includes insurance or valuation coverage that matches your budget. Then, ask questions so that you understand whether the basic insurance coverage is sufficient or needs an upgrade.

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Getting the best shipping deal feels almost as good as the open road.

The Bottom Line on Cheap Motorcycle Transport

“I want to deplete my rainy-day fund to ship my motorcycle.” – Said No rider, ever

You’ve invested time and money into your motorcycle. And now, you’re paying to ship it hundreds, or maybe even thousands, of miles. By spotting red flags, asking the right questions and being smart about shipping locations and fees, you can make sure that what seems like a great offer is actually the best motorcycle transport option.

COVID-19 Update: Riding It Out Together

Posted By

Clint Lawrence

Clint Lawrence, founder of Motorcycle Shippers. Helping give riders more freedom to enjoy the bikes they love. [email protected]


After weeks of Netflix binges and DIY home projects, you’re probably looking for something else to do. Something that involves keeping your distance from others, covering your face and wearing gloves on your hands. Sound familiar?

There’s a reason why riders are hitting the open road during COVID-19: it’s a solo activity that can be done safely while still following the CDC’s guidelines. Have you got your eye on a new motorcycle? Is your ride in storage halfway across the country? Or maybe you’re a dealer looking to serve your customers with quick, hassle-free shipping. No matter where or why you need your motorcycle shipped during COVID-19, we’re here to help get it safely from Point A to Point B.

Motorcycle Shippers has adopted COVID-19 practices to ensure the safety of everyone who comes in contact with your motorcycle: from our headquarters team and transportation partners to all the riders in your family.

Safety at our headquarters

If you’ve ever shipped a motorcycle with us, you’ve already experienced our team in action. They’re dependable, passionate about riding and dedicated to shipping your motorcycle safely. To ensure our team’s health, we’re implemented social distancing and additional cleaning protocols at our headquarters. We advise employees who are ill, or who have family members in their home

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Keeping our offices clean is top priority

with COVID-19 symptoms, to stay home from work. We’re understanding when our employees need to take time off to manage their health needs. It’s what they deserve and it’s the right thing to do. By prioritizing our team’s well being, we can keep providing the same level of service you’ve come to expect from Motorcycle Shippers. Because with us, your motorcycle is in safe hands.

Need to ship your motorcycle amid COVID-19? Have a question about your shipment? Motorcycle Shippers is fully staffed and here to support you from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday.

Safety during your motorcycle transport

Motorcycle Shippers’ transportation partners share our commitment to flattening the curve. Our team encourages our partners to follow (when ever possible) the latest CDC guidelines to ensure their safety and yours.

  1. Washing and sanitizing their hands often
  2. Practicing social distancing of six feet between themselves and others
  3. Staying home if they’re sick
  4. Covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing
  5. Wearing face masks and disposable gloves
  6. Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, including trucks, equipment, dollies, pads, straps, warehouse equipment and common facilities

Social distancing delivery options

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We offer pickup and delivery from your garage

To enhance our social distancing, we’ve begun providing garage pickup and delivery options to customers who choose home drop-offs. This enhances our curbside delivery to include movement of your motorcycle to or from your personal garage located within 100 feet of the tractor-trailer accessible parking, ground level only.

Minimizing COVID-19 delivery delays

During COVID-19 and always, Motorcycle Shippers makes every effort to avoid shipping delays and minimize disruptions. You can check our service bulletins to see the latest updates. We’re home to the largest motorcycle-equipped transport network in the United States, and we put it to work for you day in and day out. If anyone can get your motorcycle to you on time, it’s Motorcycle Shippers.

It’s been a rough few months, and the road ahead is far from certain. But here’s what we do know: when you need your motorcycle shipped, we’ll deliver it safely. Because when the going gets tough, there’s nothing better than hitting the open road and riding it out.



The Latest on Laconia Bike Week 2021

Posted By [Photo Courtesy of Laconia MC Week]

Matt Ellis

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


Laconia Bike week is on!

Laconia can make a claim that the other two cannot. Often referred to as the Oldest National Motorcycle Rally, these roots reach back to the summer of 1916. Gypsy rides. Harley vs. Indian Wars. The Loudon Classic. There’s a reason why thousands of riders flock to a sleepy New Hampshire town year after year for Laconia Motorcycle Week. And this year, the rally’s 98th, is sure to offer the same signature mix of music, races and scenic rides—just on different dates.

From its new dates to its biggest events, here’s your quick guide to Laconia Motorcycle Week 2021.

Dates: June 12-20, 2021

The 98th Annual Loudon Classic is now scheduled for Saturday June 19, 2021.

Same Location: Weirs Beach and Surrounding Areas

Laconia Motorcycle Week calls Weirs Beach “ground zero” for the rally. This is where you’ll see most of the vendors, entertainment and action. Here are some other locations you’ll want to map out before you arrive in New Hampshire’s beautiful Lakes Region.

  • Rally Headquarters: Located on Lakeside Avenue in Weirs Beach; your departure point for the event’s daily gypsy tours, which are guided scenic rides.
  • New Hampshire Motor Speedway: Where you’ll head if the 98th Annual Loudon Classic is on your “must see” list—which it should be (1122 NH-106, Loudon, NH 03307)
  • A Note on the Traffic Plan: Lakeside Avenue will be closed to motorcycles only
  • A Note on Parking: Lakeside Avenue has free motorcycle parking all week; in the words of the event organizers, “do not pay over $5 to park your motorcycle!”

Accommodations: Lakes Region and Beyond

New Hampshire is a small state, which means that if you’re heading to Weirs Beach for motorcycle week, you can choose from a variety of regions for your lodging. The Naswa Resort, in Weirs Beach, is the official rally hotel, but options at all levels of affordability abound.

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Photo Courtesy of NASWA Resort

The Laconia Motorcycle Week’s website has a great list of campgrounds, hotels, motels and resorts for the event’s attendees. Want to venture out of Weirs Beach? You can also use this list of nearby regions to seek out the ideal lodging option for your rally adventure:

  • Lakes Region (including Weirs Beach)
  • Dartmouth and Sunapee Region
  • Merrimack Valley Region
  • Monadnock Region
  • White Mountains Region

Although New Hampshire doesn’t offer public transportation from all the above areas to the main event, a shuttle service will run between Weirs Beach and Meredith all week long.

(Need your motorcycle shipped to any of these regions ahead of the rally? We’re here to help.)

“Don’t Miss” Events

In 1916, a Gypsy Tour gathered at Weirs Beach, giving riders a way to gather and enjoy activities like racing and hill climbs. Ever since, the Weirs has been home to a variety of motorcycle events. The 98th Annual Laconia Motorcycle Week is no different. View the full event schedule on the rally’s website, (some event dates have not been updated yet) and consider adding these “must see” events to your itinerary:

You can also head to Rally Headquarters daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Want to catch some live music? Head to the Naswa Resort (11 a.m. to close)  and/or the Marketplace! (12 p.m. to 11 p.m.) daily.

A Few Great Rides to Consider

When you’re not hanging out at Rally Headquarters, catching a race or taking a Gypsy Tour, consider checking out all the scenic routes that New Hampshire has to offer. Because any motorcycle week wouldn’t be complete without a great ride (or two or three).

  • Lakes Region Tour: Circle Lake Winnipesaukee starting at Alton Bay. Ride through Gilford, Weirs Beach, Meredith, Holderness, Center Harbor and Moultonborough before getting back to the bay.
  • Great North Woods Tour: Take a 13-mile scenic byway called “Moose Alley,” which runs along Route 3 north of Pittsburgh.
  • Kancamagus Highway: Take in the beauty of the White Mountain Region on a 30-mile scenic byway that runs from Conway to Lincoln, winding through mountains with every mile.
  • Canterbury Shaker Village Byway: This 24-mile ride runs through a 694-acre village that transports you back in time. Check out the Shaker village, botanical gardens, ponds and more on this route about 20 minutes from Concord.

Want more ideas? Laconia Motorcycle Week has a really great Explore New Hampshire section with tons of scenic rides.

Shipping your motorcycle to Laconia Motorcycle Week

If you’re like us, you’re already counting down the days to Laconia Motorcycle Week. But what if you can’t ride all the way to New Hampshire’s Weirs Beach this August? Or maybe, you’ll be too wiped from a week of fun to ride your motorcycle back home. Whether you need your motorcycle transported one way or both ways, Motorcycle Shippers is here to help.

From Daytona Bike Week to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and, of course, Laconia Motorcycle Week, riders rely on Motorcycle Shippers to transport their bike safely to and from the country’s biggest rallies. We’re avid riders, and we’re passionate about getting your precious cargo from Point A to Point B. (Our enhanced COVID-19 policies ensure the safety of both your motorcycle and your family.)

August might seem far off in the future, but now is the best time to get all the details of your Laconia Motorcycle Week trip ironed out. If that includes shipping your motorcycle, reach out so that we can get you a free quote.

6 Tips for Helping Drivers, Motorcyclists and Bicyclists Get Along

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Danny Reyes

Danny Reyes, Shipping Specialist, rider advocate, Angels fan and tailgate warrior. [email protected]



Sharing the Road: 6 Tips for Helping Drivers, Motorcyclists and Bicyclists Get Along

We all know that sharing is caring, but sometimes sharing the road can feel like learning to share your toys in kindergarten all over again. There’s often no love lost between drivers, motorcyclists and bicyclists, and thousands of lives are lost each year to traffic accidents involving bicycles and motorcycles.

Clearly, awareness and caution need to increase on all fronts so that vehicles of all types can share the road. How can we make America’s roads kinder and gentler for cars, motorcycles and bicycles alike? It’ll take a lot of understanding and patience, but it can be done—and these six tips will help us get there.scooter sharing road

  1. Put down the phone.

 The age of the smartphone has put us in a permanent state of distraction, even when driving. That just won’t do when you’re on the road, no matter what kind of vehicle you’re operating. The answer is to put down the phone and concentrate on the road.

If you really have to take a call or adjust your GPS, voice commands and Bluetooth headsets can help you do it without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel. For motorcyclists, a motorcycle headset communicator allows you to answer calls and change music using a voice activated Bluetooth helmet intercom so you can keep your hands on the bars where they belong. 

  1. Follow the rules.

This one sounds like it should be incredibly obvious, but we all know that there are plenty of folks on the road who think the rules don’t apply to them. If we’re honest with ourselves, most of us can even admit that we are those people sometimes, so a better road starts with everyone making a commitment to play by the rules.

Traffic laws can be annoying, but they exist for everyone’s safety. So, don’t take them lightly and remember that the rules of the road apply to everyone, including bicyclists and motorcyclists. You can start by making sure you come to a complete stop at stop signs, obeying speed limits and slowing down to stop at yellow lights rather than gunning it to beat the red.

It can be particularly tempting for bicyclists to break or bend these rules, but when a bicycle is on a road designed for cars, it needs to operate according to the state’s rules of the road for bicycles. For their part, cars also need to respect bike lanes and not use them as passing or turn lanes. 

  1. Watch for pedestrians.

Drivers, motorcyclists and bicyclists all have at least one thing in common: They can seriously injure or kill pedestrians if they’re not careful. That’s why it’s so incredibly important to pay close attention to crosswalks and other pedestrian safety features and to watch for pedestrians at all times when you’re operating a vehicle.

Keep in mind that pedestrians won’t always follow the rules, such as crossing at designated crosswalks. While it’s certainly annoying to have to stop for someone who’s jaywalking, the fact that you’re driving the larger, faster and heavier vehicle puts the onus on you to look out for pedestrians even when they disobey the rules.motorcycle sharing road autos

  1. Maintain awareness in challenging conditions.

 There are many sources of distraction that have nothing to do with smartphones, including plain, old-fashioned inattentive carelessness, and they’re the source of many accidents. The following situations all demand particular care to avoid getting into an accident:

  • Opening a car door into traffic
  • Operating your vehicle in heavy traffic
  • Maneuvering around large vehicles such as tractor-trailers
  • Operating your vehicle in rain, snow or other adverse weather conditions

These are also the times when it’s most important to pay attention to other types of vehicles on the road and remember that other types of vehicles may need to deal with these conditions in different ways than you do. Car drivers, in particular, may want to temporarily turn off the radio and ask passengers to hold their conversation until they’re comfortable again. 

  1. Don’t let road rage get the better of you. 

Never challenge an aggressive driver on the road in any way. The moment you start to escalate the situation, you make it far more dangerous for yourself and everyone else on the road. You never know what an aggressive driver’s mental state might be or how they might respond to your actions, so don’t return any rude gestures, follow them or make eye contact.

If someone is driving in a threatening manner toward you, such as repeatedly tailgating you or pulling up next to you and gesturing, try to move away from them as quickly as you safely can. If they continue, pull over in the nearest crowded public place that you can find and call 911. 

  1. Be predictable and signal your intentions. 

Nobody likes a surprise when they’re on the road. No matter whether you’re piloting a car, truck, motorcycle or bicycle, the best course of action is to be as predictable as possible and to let people know what you’re doing well in advance.

The simple and easy act of using your turn signals will make everyone’s experience considerably safer and more pleasant, and bicyclists should learn to use bicycle hand signals to communicate their intentions. In general, it’s always best to avoid erratic behavior like suddenly changing lanes or accelerating or decelerating out of nowhere. Bikes and motorbikes will sometimes have no choice but to weave to avoid obstacles, but it should be avoided whenever possible. 

Best practices on the road can be a little bit different depending on what kind of vehicle you’re operating, but there are a few common principles that apply to everyone: respect, empathy, tolerance and caution. Base your actions on these principles when you’re on the road and you’ll be doing your part to create the culture of compassion we all need.



Your Motorcycle Wants To Ride Hawaii, Too

Posted By

Matt Ellis

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 1-step process is easier than getting yourself to the islands, (and you don’t have to wait in lines). Simply give use our Instant Shipping Quote tool on the website to calculate your cost. You can also 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 pop up motorcycle crate wrapped readyand take it all the way to the port in Honolulu. Yep, it’s that easy!


The Process

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 use a motorcycle creat that provides a Perimeter of Protection® and includes soft straps, to keep your ride safe during transport.

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 onboard).


And Now, To Ride …motorcycle riding hawaii

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).hawaii botanical garden

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 motorcycle 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 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.

The Top Motorcycle Technology at CES 2020 [Video]

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Clint Lawrence

Clint Lawrence, founder of Motorcycle Shippers. Helping give riders more freedom to enjoy the bikes they love. [email protected]



Motorcycle safety. Electric motorcycles galore. “Smart” helmets with features you never knew you needed. As usual, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 was filled with thousands of innovative products—more than a few geared toward riders. Whereas CES 2019 was just starting to whet our appetites for electric motorcycles and connected rides, this year’s brands went “all in” to elevate the riding experience—or complicate it, depending on where you fall in the “tech enthusiast” spectrum. We love to follow the innovation  and took a couple photos while were there.

Whether you’re one of the 176,000 people who flocked to Vegas for CES 2020 or a rider who wants to stay up to date on new motorcycle technologies, here’s our list of the top motorcycle innovations from this year’s biggest consumer tech show.
Already a leader internationally in the electric scooter market, NIU made a show of force at CES 2020 with the debut of its first electric motorcycle. With two removable Panasonic batteries totaling 6.5 kWh, a range of 80 miles and a top speed of 100 miles per hour, this urban commuter bike is already being hailed as the future of motorcycles. But does it live up to all the hype?

In terms of technology, the Niu RQi-GT doesn’t disappoint. This e-motorcycle comes equipped with 5G IoT connectivity and a full TFT dashboard display. Its Bluetooth and GPS connectivity gives it a leg up in the anti-theft department. The Niu RQi-GT also comes with a slick app that allows riders to track diagnostics in near-real time, lock and unlock their motorcycle, and access customer support on the go.

It’s too soon to tell whether the RQi-GT will get a major U.S. release. But given its press at CES—and the presence of NIU’s electric mopeds in key U.S. markets—we won’t be surprised to see this electric motorcycle hitting headlines long after the CES buzz wears off.

Segway-Ninebot Apex

Yes, we’re talking about that Segway. Despite the company’s reputation for awkward tourist transportation, it has invested big in electric vehicles under the leadership of Ninebot. One result of the acquisition? The Apex line, which includes an e-motorcycle that can reportedly go from 0 to 100 in just 2.9 seconds.

Generally speaking, the Apex line garnered a lot less buzz than the company’s new self-balancing electric wheelchair. Journalists report that the S-Pod was a ton of fun to ride—that is, until it crashed into a wall.

Damon HyperSport

Elsewhere in CES’ electric motorcycle land, the Damon HyperSport was busy stealing the show. There’s  a reason why the motorcycle took home the show’s Best in Innovation Award: its 360 degree advanced warning system alerts riders of danger through integrated LEDs on the windshield, the handlebars and an “always on” rearview camera. Riders can switch from “sport” to “commuter” mode with the push of a button—making the HyperSport ready to tackle both stop-and-go traffic and the high-speed open road.

Oh, and it’s not too bad in the maneuverability department, either. With 200 horsepower and 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds, the Damon HyperSport is one seriously powerful electric motorcycle. It gets a 200-mile range on one charge.

Still have an appetite for more CES motorcycle products? Check out the NAWA Racer, an electric motorcycle that boasts the world’s first “hybrid” battery system, and the Invoxia Anti-Theft Tracker, which riders are already using extensively over in Europe.