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So, I am looking at having a bike shipped to me. I havent done this long-distance-buy stuff before.

ForwardAir looks to be the best option, since both I and the guy I'm looking at buying from are pretty close to terminal locations.

Bike is an '01 748s. Have to use FA's containers. Which box size? Exactly how to prep bike, and what addons will the guy I'm buying from need to pay for? (Buying 2 locks and 4 straps, right?)

I'm just looking for some info from someone whos gone through the process, because I havent, and I want to make it as easy as possible for the guy i'm buying from, if I decide to go ahead on the deal.

thanks in advance,
 
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Re: ForwardAir Procedures (MaliciousBraham)

Heya MaliciousBraham

When I bought my MH the freighters put it on a proper motorcycle tray with all the loops and tie points.

There was 4 tie downs, two to the front and two to the rear, Ducati Seattle boxed up all the little bits and pieces very nicely and tightly and secured them to the bike with ties etc.

The bike had a full structural overframe which was in four parts, this also had bracing on it in both directions, it was actually in a hog box but all of that was very well done, the outer box had a few scuffs but the structural frame and base worked absolutely magic and there was no damage at all.

All I would say is get it freighted properly so no damage gets done and you will enjoy your new baby without having to do any fixes first.

I have some photos somewhere but can't lay my hands on them, let me know if you want them as they are very detailed as to how it was done which was very professional.
 
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Re: ForwardAir Procedures (MaliciousBraham)

I just shipped my prev bike (2003 M620) from Calgary to Toronto and by far the cheapers option was Reimer Express, $172 CAD for business to business adress.
The local Duc dealer put it in to a factory crate, all neatly packed. The crate was free, only had to pay for the labour.
The bike was delivered within a few days.

Hope this helps.
 
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Re: ForwardAir Procedures (VoyagerDude)

When I bought my SS I had Forward Air ship it from Florida to Washington. Basically the tank had to be drained of all gas, and the customer (in my case the guy I bought the bike from) had to provide locks for the container and tie-down straps for the bike inside. Can't remember if the battery had to be removed/disconnected or not.

The containers themselves are purpose-built for motorcycles, they're a big aluminum box with a channel in the middle for wheels and lots of tie-down points. The guy I got my bike from used a Canyon Dancer handlebar harness to tie the front end of the bike down and then used some normal tie-down straps for the back end w/ padding to protect any painted surfaces they touched.
 
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HEy there,
You have to drain just the gas, dont have to do the battery or anything. You must provide the locks and the tie down straps when you leave the bike. I assume you are using their container yes?

Ryan
 
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Re: (Shibbydevil)

I just shipped my bike to Section 8 Superbike's, a few weeks ago.
If you are using ther container, you need 4 straps, and 2 locks, preferable combo.
If the bike has a tall windscreen on it, it may have to come off.
The person shipping the bike needs to call for a container and take 2 weeks for them to get it, and they will call you if it gets there before the 2 week waiting time.
It is nice to hace a second guy to help put the bike in the container cause it is short.
FA will bring the container out to you in there lot and you have to pull the bike in strap it down (you can leave the front door closes and use it has a choke for the bike).After the bie is straped down close it up and put you 2 locks on the 2 doors.
There is a front and back of the container.
There is 6 tie down points.
When i did my 998 i had to use the front ones and the middle ones for the best result in tie-down.
I ties the bike down a strap the had 2 loops on each end and around the lower triple clamp(one per side).
the bike was tied down right above the rearset where the frame comes to a V.
Good luck
 
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Re: (Shibbydevil)

yes, i'm planning on using their container.

This is exactly the info I wanted guys. Thanks!


Hey 998, which size container did you use? They list 3 options on their online ordering. Maybe the middle size?
 
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Re: (MaliciousBraham)

I recently did the same shipping with Forward Air for my 888. I used the middle size container. Perfect size. Didn't have to remove any fairing. Exactly as the above people stated. The container cannot leave the Forwardair terminal for packing or unloading. Good luck.
 
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Yes, the middle option.
98L x 44.6W x 47.6H
 
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