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Old 12-10-2012, 05:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I will be shipping my son's bike across the country (Maryland to California). He rides a naked bike, Yamaha FZ8. I'd love to hear any recommendations for shippers and things I should be thinking about to ensure the shipment goes well.

Would shippers be willing to take his helmet and jacket with the bike? Is it reasonable to ask? Perhaps it's better to ship them separately. Thoughts?
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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OK, this might sound dumb, but there's a TV show called Shipping Wars. They are independent shippers working for a company called UShip. You might try them, they have a website. I'm sure they would take the helmet and jacket too. It looks pretty informal. On the show, they ship everything from antique cars to WW2 tanks. A bike oughta be easy.

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Old 12-10-2012, 11:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I had a really good experience with STI:

I shipped my S3 from California to Georgia for $200-300 less than any of the uship bids. The downside is you have to drop it off and pick it up from a terminal, but that wasn't a big deal for me. I was 20 minutes from Sacramento and an hour from Atlanta. Anyway, I would really check them out if you're looking to save a bit of cash and don't mind dropping the bike off.

Oh, one more perk, which was actually critical for me, is that you can drop the bike off on your schedule. Any of the Uship shippers come over a range of dates. It's only a couple, but I had a really tight move schedule and couldn't risk them coming late.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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There's a bunch of shippers you can check out on E-bay. The only downside I had was there's a lot and they e-mailed me a few times even after I told em I didn't need their services anymore. But at least I got a range of bids.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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A coworker bought an out of state bike and used Uship to get the bike here. The guy he used was fine with him having the extra gear, ect. that came with the bike shipped along. I don't think he got charged more for the extra stuff either. Ask the shipper.
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