Obtain Motorcycle Transport Quotes
When you need to move a motorbike, your starting point will be to shop around for quotes to ensure you are getting a fair price. Shiply reduces the hassle and hard work for you when you are wondering how much does a motorcycle delivery cost? You simply need to fill in our intuitive motorbike transport request form and prices will be emailed to you within a few minutes.
Motorcycle delivery costs are fairly standardised. You can typically expect a cost per mile of £0.55 on Shiply. Though of course this can vary slightly if the trip is particularly short or long. Motorcycle transport services in the UK for example is cheaper than shipping your motorbike overseas to Europe or further.
Prices on Shiply are low because once you post your motorbike delivery request up on the site, thousands of rated motorbike transportation companies compete against each other for the job. It is like reverse auction, so you can be sure you are getting the lowest possible price in the market.
Whether you require bike transport for a short movement across the UK, further into Europe or indeed international motorcycle shipping, Shiply can assist.
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There are four main methods by which your motorcycle transport service can be carried out.
The first is to have your bike transported on an open trailer. Unlike car transporters, motorbikes can be delivered by any vehicle capable of towing the right trailer. This opens your options up quite a lot when it comes to choosing a bike transport firm and helps keep costs low.
There may be many different types of trailer services, so be sure to check that the delivery firm is using a specialised motorbike trailer for the safest delivery.
One major disadvantage to transport via an open trailer is obviously the exposure; your bike will be subjected to the elements during its transport.
The second method for motorcycle delivery is covered trailers. These are less common than the standard open versions but using larger vehicles like vans and lorries for motorcycle transportation is common. Most man and van companies can adapt to transport motorcycles with the right hardware to keep the bike secure in the cargo area of the van.
Specialist lorries can also transport motorbike in large volumes but aren’t very popular for individual private jobs. Enclosed transport options are perhaps the safest and most secure option but might set you back a bit more than an open transport.
Thirdly, if you can’t ride your motorbike to its destination there is the option to have someone ride it for you. Much like a driven car service this is quite a bespoke option and less popular than the other methods mentioned above.
There is a higher chance of wear and tear on the bike and of course there is the added mileage. This could be an option if you need it moved urgently but is likely to be much more expensive than other services.
Your choice of motorcycle transport method will likely depend on your budget and how urgently you need the bike moved.
Once you have received a few bike delivery quotes on Shiply, you can compare them based on price, transport method and the transport providers feedback score. Once you are happy with a quote, simply accept and your chosen company will get in touch with you to arrange the final details.
Prepare Your Motorbike for Transport
Before your motorcycle collection/pickup takes place, we recommend you prepare for the transport. If you follow these steps, you can significantly reduce the risk of issues.
- Cleaning: This isn’t so it looks nice on the back of a trailer. Cleaning your motorcycle will help you notice any damage or scratches that might have been previously hidden. What’s more, any dust or dirt on the bike can contribute to scratching paintwork during handling and moving.
- Note damage: Noting any nicks or scrapes on your bike and documenting them with photographs will let you see if your bike has been damaged during transportation once it reaches its destination.
- Fluids: Depending on the policy of the motorbike transport company you may or may not have to drain oil and petrol from your bike. This helps avoid any potential leakages and is best from a safety perspective. If the bike is to be ridden at all during its transit, then you will of course need to keep some fuel in the tank.
- Tyres: Make sure tyres are properly inflated to help prevent damage to rims. This also makes the bike easier to move.
- Extras: Before the bike move, make sure there are no loose panels, or any accessories left on the bike that could easily come off during transit.
If you’re transporting your bike with its keys it can be worth tying them to the bike itself. If the transporter is going to ride your motorcycle on public roads at some point make sure it’s in working order, taxed and valid MOT.
Your chosen motorcycle delivery firm will give you a courtesy call when they are near the collection and delivery points so that you can help ensure you are in. Many transport firms on Shiply have completed thousands of motorbikes in their careers and so are very experienced. So, don't be afraid to ask them any questions if you have any queries or concerns.
Check Motorbike Condition & Leave Customer Feedback
Once your motorcycle transport is complete and it arrives at its destination, make sure you or the bike’s new owner performs a thorough check to be sure the vehicle has not been damaged at all in transit. Any issues should be taken up with the transporter and insurance companies immediately.
When you picked your motorcycle transport provider on Shiply, no doubt you will have read the customer feedback and relied on their feedback score percentage when making your decision. So, please help others in the future do the same, by leaving feedback once your delivery is complete.
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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.
Can I Call Shiply?
Shiply Support is available from 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday on 020 3137 2454. You can also send an email to .
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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