How to Prepare Your Motorbike for Shipping
Posted on January 26, 2014
Owning a motorbike is not quite like owning a car. Bikers care about their motorcycles with passion. If that’s you, no doubt you will want to do everything you can to make sure that your bike’s voyage goes smoothly, and here are a few tips to help you prepare it:
- Disconnect the battery completely, secure the terminals and empty the fuel tank so that it is only a quarter full or your motorcycle won’t be allowed to ship.
- New Zealand takes bio-security very seriously, and your bike will be thoroughly inspected for any trace of organic material that could bring disease into the country, so make sure it is meticulously cleaned, paying great attention to any nook and cranny where plant material likes to hide.
- In order to keep costs down, you may want to partially dismantle your bike so that it can fit into a smaller crate. It can be a good idea, as it will also allow you to clean parts that are otherwise hard to reach, but if you decide to do this, take care to secure your bike so that it doesn’t get damaged in transit:
- Take care not to compress the forks fully, and tie the bike down on its suspension, half-way down.
- Rest the bike on its wheels, vertically, and not on its stand where it would pound up and down in transport.
- Even if you are on a budget, there are a few items you don’t want to skimp on, such as the crate, since it will protect your bike throughout its journey, and straps. Bike dealers often get a lot of them that they don’t use from manufacturers, so if you ask nicely, you may well manage to get some for free. We recommend at least 6 good-quality straps to secure your bike properly.
Click here to see our quick reference guide to making car shipping easy.