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Keep It Simple – Quick & Easy Motorcycle Shipping Checklist

Wondering how to prepare for shipping your motorcycle, ATV, or jet ski? Use this checklist to begin your prep.

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Questions about motorcycle shipping?

Here are answers to some of the questions we most frequently receive. If you have additional questions, please call us at:
1-888-428-5245 or contact Daily Direct via the web.


Can You Ship My Bike To… ?
YES! We can ship your bike from anywhere to anywhere in the contiguous states.* Here’s the information we need: Where is it now? And where is it going? Our rates are based on mileage from pick up to delivery location. The only additional charge would be $195 for a motorcycle with sidecar, trike, chopper, ATV, personal watercraft (jet-ski) or go-kart, simply because it takes up the space of two vehicles – anything that exceeds the standard space of 4′ by 9′. See our rates page for details.
*There is an extra charge of $300 for tolls when picking up or delivering to Maine or Long Island. At this time, we do NOT pick up or deliver to Key West, DC or the 5 boroughs of New York City, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.


Can You Make Residential Deliveries?
Yes, both residential pick-up and delivery is available for a nominal fee, approximately $30 per stop.* Each of our enclosed trailers are equipped with either a lift gate or ramp system. We don’t need a loading dock or fork lift at each stop and our clients aren’t required to have a dealer or terminal to take delivery of their bike. The pick up and delivery has to be done legally and safely, so feel free to contact us upon ordering your shipment to discuss the specifics of your location.

* Check current residential delivery rates on our pricing page.


Is My Bike Secure?
Absolutely! All of our trailers are enclosed so your bike is not subject to the weather or public display. The majority of our drivers are also riders who take special care with each motorcycle. We require both pick up and delivery parties to sign off on our Bill of Lading and Inspection Report to assure everyone the bike is in the stated condition. Check out some of our equipment here.


Is My Bike Insured?
Yes. With your quoted price, your bike is insured up to $15,000 and has a $500 deductible (payable by you). You can also increase the shipment valuation for $35 per additional $5,000 of value. For a fee of $50, you can eliminate the $500 deductible from any damage claim.


Can I Send Along Some Extra Parts And Pipes?
NO, sorry. Each of the trailers is equipped with a Track and Tie Down System. The motorcycle is placed in position and strapped down to the floor and the sides (they are shipped side by side, nose to tail). There is no good way to keep a little box next to the front tire or hang a helmet from the handle bar. We don’t want anything in our trailers which can potentially scratch or dent your bike. No one else does either.


How Do I Schedule My Shipment?
For a detailed list of how we get your bike from here to there, see our shipping processpage.


How Is A Pick-Up Scheduled?
Our terminal is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We run regular routes to the East Coast and to the West Coast and to points in between. When you call us for a quote, we will send you a contract. Full payment is required in advance to secure your reservation.

THIS IS IMPORTANT: Your payment schedules the pick up for the motorcycle. Nothing is scheduled until we receive your payment and the signed contract is received at our office. For your payment, we accept personal or business checks, cashier’s checks and money orders, as well as Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.

See our shipping process for a detailed list of how we get your bike from here to there.


When Can I Expect My Bike?
We pool as many motorcycles as we can during our cross country runs. Understand we are simply not driving across the country to pick up or drop off your motorcycle alone. Pooling bikes together for shipping is the key to making motorcycle transportation affordable for you.

When a driver leaves our terminal, our staff contacts each of the driver’s stops to relay an approximate arrival date. Arrival dates are approximate due to traffic, road construction or weather conditions we simply have no control over. Schedule well in advance if you need the bike at a certain date.

The route driver also will contact a person at each stop when he is expecting to see them within the next 24 hours. It is important you are available to take delivery or be there when the bike is picked up. We simply do not leave motorcycles or pick up bikes unattended. Leaving a cell phone number can be helpful if you are not able to stay at the delivery location all day.


What Is The Typical Delivery Time?
To keep shipping affordable for you, we pool as many motorcycles as we can on a truck during our cross country runs. Our trucks depart frequently with normal shipping deliveries running around 28 days from the time the order is booked or the bike is ready (whichever applies). Some shipments may be faster, contact us to find out the shipping estimate for your shipment. If you schedule your shipment this week, typically your bike is scheduled on a truck departing Milwaukee, Wisconsin next week. The truck’s total delivery time (and essentially your bike’s pick up time) depends on the zones that the truck crosses. If it picks up and delivers in the same zone, timeframes are shorter. Returning the signed contract and payment as quickly as possible will help keep the delivery timeframe on schedule.

Don’t forget to reserve a spot early for a motorcycle rally! Rallies are popular shipping venues and our trucks fill up quickly during these times.


What Do I Have To Do To Get The Bike Ready For Shipping?
There is no need to drain the gas tank or disconnect the battery. This is great if you are shipping your bike to a rally or to a vacation spot. If you have hard bags or a trunk, you can pack them to your hearts content, however, YOU are responsible for the contents so please make sure they are locked. We only need to be able to move your bike on to the trailer and maneuver it into position.

Here’s a really quick shipping checklist to get you started.


Do You Offer Discounts ?
Yes. We offer discounts for round trips, rallies, military and service personnel, groups, frequent shippers and dealers. See our discounts page for details.


Do You List Shipments on Craigslist?
Daily Direct-HaulBikes DOES NOT currently place listings on Craigslist.org. For your protection, please contact us directly to confirm the legitimacy of any listing you see on Craigslist.


Do You Ship Snowmobiles?
HaulBikes is focusing on what we do best – shipping motorcycles. We no longer ship snowmobiles.


Do You Take Credit Cards?
Yes. Daily Direct gladly accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.

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How Do I Get to Daily Direct?

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