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Old 05-28-2004, 08:45 AM   #11
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Too bad you didn't need to do this a couple of months ago during Bike Week when the Interstates were clogged with trailered Harleys. You might have been able to bum a cheap ride to Florida.



Might have been to difficult though, you being an atrociteur and all.
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Old 05-28-2004, 09:09 AM   #12
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Default Only a partial atrocituer

He's riding a v-twin. He could peel off the stickers and tell the trailer gang it's a Ducati.



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Old 05-28-2004, 09:41 AM   #13
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Yeah. But if he did that the GPTB would steal his bike and sell it for drugs.



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Old 05-28-2004, 09:51 AM   #14
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They're all doctors, lawyers and accountants. They make more money fleecing their customers than they could possible make selling drugs.
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Old 05-28-2004, 09:53 AM   #15
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Default That reminds me...

I'm in FL right now. There are plenty of old ladies to fleece here!



Perhaps that Benelli is just a phone call away.
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Old 05-28-2004, 09:54 AM   #16
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I've shipped a bike from Colorado to NY. I used JC Motors (www.motorcycleshippers.com). They picked the bike up at the seller's door, strapped it to a special pallet and delivered it to my door. No Forward Air terminal hassels. The bike arrived without a scratch within 10 days of pickup.



If it's too much of a hassle to rent a car for one leg of the trip and ride the bike for the other, I highly recommnend a shipper like JC (there are a number of others like the above mentioned 1AA. Figure you'll spend between 400-500 bones to do it, though.



By the way, my brother shipped a bike via Forward Air. He didn't save much money, if any at all, over a door-to-door shipper. It also took the same amount of time. Plus he had a bit of a hassel at the Air Terminal when he found that the battery on the bike was dead and they wouldn't let him put any gas in it.



If you don't mind spending the money, a motorcycle-specialized, door-todoor service is the way to go.
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Old 05-28-2004, 10:12 AM   #17
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The Pcola airport doesn't handle large aircraft, so you may be limited as to the air freight options.



May I suggest sending it by rail? There is a rail terminal in town, and I would imagine it is doable.



Good luck!



By the way, ride all the curves and hills you can before you ship the bike. We don't have any here in Baja 'Bama.
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Old 05-28-2004, 11:22 AM   #18
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I recently shipped a Triumph Sprint from Huntsville, AL to Dallas with Forward Air and couldn't find a cheaper way. It wasn't even cheaper to drive there, when you consider gas, hotel and meals. I guess I could have taken the bus, but even I have standards.
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Old 05-28-2004, 01:19 PM   #19
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I've used JC Motors and they are very reliable and convienent. Door-to-door is the way to go. It should only be $100-$150 more and it eliminates most of the hassle.
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Old 05-28-2004, 03:54 PM   #20
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I've heard that the way to get great rates from Forward Air, or anyone else for that matter, is to crate it yourself, and don't tell them it's a motorcycle.



Apparently, FA rates were very low, until they discovered that many motorcycles were being shipped. They caught on and jacked up the rates for bikes.



I don't know why it would be cheaper to ship machines than bikes. Can anyone explain?







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