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Take good care of my baby…
 
Few things worry a motorcycle owner more than trusting his or her bike in the hands of a stranger. But sometimes, it’s necessary. The good news is there are steps you can take to make sure your baby—er, bike—will arrive safe and sound at its destination.
 
Perhaps you purchased your new bike online and need it delivered, or perhaps inclement weather, excessive distance, or other conditions prevent you from driving your motorcycle from point A to point B. In these cases, you will likely need to hire a shipping company. Don’t worry—there are ways to help ensure the company is reliable and trustworthy.
 
First, the U.S. Department of Transportation provides licenses to motorcycle transporters, so make sure you are working with a DOT-licensed service provider.  Also, you can review the company’s status on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website (you should only work with FMCSA-registered companies with good reviews and track records).
 
Additionally, you should ensure that the mode of transport employed by the company will keep your bike secure and protected from road vibrations and external elements. Your bike should be crated or secured to a pallet in an enclosed trailer. Also, find out whether the company insures the bike, for how much, and what (if any) deductibles there are.
 
If you are with your bike at the origin of the trip, be sure to drain the fuel, place the bike in neutral, empty your saddlebags and remove your keys. Also, take a moment to inspect your bike before transport so that upon delivery you can note any damages (claims made after the fact will likely be denied). Consider taking pictures of the bike beforehand that way you will have time-stamped proof.
 
And finally, as with so many businesses, customer reviews and references are an excellent indication of the quality of service. So do your homework, research the best companies, and you can rest easy, plotting your next excursion.

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