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Motorcycle transport in Australia

Motorcycle transport services are widely available across Australia, so how do you know which one to trust with your precious motorbike? Some transportation companies move a variety of motor vehicles all over Australia, but there are others that specialise in motorcycle / motorbike transport only.

Before choosing from a long list of motorbike transport companies, you'll want to know what's involved. You may also want to know about insurance protection, how to prepare your motorcycle for transit, and what method of transportation will suit it best.

This quick guide to motorcycle transport in Australia will answer some of your questions and provide you with the information you need to choose the right transport provider for your needs.

motorcycle on street waiting to be transported

Motorbike transport - what's on offer?

Most motorcycle transport services offer door-to-door, door-to-depot, depot-to-door, and depot-to-depot services, locally, from city to city, and interstate. The best service for saving money is the depot-to-depot motorcycle service.

The majority of motorbike transporters will move your motorcycle to its destination in an enclosed vehicle that has a tailgate loader for safety. Generally, un-crated motorcycles are secured individually using soft nylon transport straps, and moved on and off using a roll-on, roll-off method. Front wheel cradles preventing damage to struts. Forks and rear wheel straps may be used to keep your bike safe during transit. Most motorcycle transport companies also offer a crating service if required.

Motorcycle preparation and insurance

Make sure that you understand what type of motorcycle transportation insurance your chosen motorbike mover is providing. Some companies only include basic transit insurance covering the transported vehicle and its goods against theft, fire, flood or accident.

The best companies for peace of mind are those that offer full insurance cover that includes damage as well, and not just basic or carrier insurance that covers only total loss.

4. Preparing your motorcycle for transit

Before your motorcycle is picked up, you should prepare it for the journey to protect your warranty during transit. Your transport company needs to be able to steer your motorbike during loading and unloading so make sure it is in good working order, and has been cleaned – especially if you are transporting it to Western Australia.

To prevent pests, weeds, or diseases from entering Western Australia, your motorcycle will have to pass their strict quarantine inspection. You must ensure that your motorcycle is free from mud, insects or plant material by thoroughly cleaning it before it is picked up.

No matter where your motorcycle is being transported to in Australia, you will also have to check that you have fuel in the tank, that tyres are inflated, the battery is charged and that fluids are topped up.

Disable alarms or immobilise them, and hand your keys to the driver.

Whether your motorcycle needs to be moved to another city, interstate, or locally, you will want it transported safely, and carefully handled, by a professional team.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Shiply Cover My Area?

Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.

Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?

There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.

How Can I Contact Shiply?

You can send an email to Shiply support at .

Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?

Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.

When Will I Receive A Quote?

You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.

How Many Quotes Will I Receive?

Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.

Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?

If your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.

Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?

Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.

Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?

Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.

Can I Travel With My Goods?

The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.

What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?

If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.

Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?

If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .

Does Someone Have To Be Present For Pickup And Delivery?

In most cases, the motorbike delivery company will require you to be in attendance for the pickup and delivery of the motorbike. This is because there are likely to be release forms that you need to sign, as well as handing over the keys.

How Much Fuel Should I Have In My Motorbike During Transit?

Generally, you should aim to have around a quarter of your tank full if the motorbike needs to be moved during transport. This allows for easy loading and unloading of the motorbike but will not add too much extra weight to the vehicle.

Can I Ship My Motorbike If It Isn't Running?

You can ship your motorbike if it isn’t in running condition, however, this will be more expensive as specialist equipment is required to load and unload the vehicle.

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