About AA Motorcycle Shipping

Mission Statement

  • To provide motorcycle enthusiasts with a competitive motorcycle shipping option.
  • To simplify the motorcycle shipping process.
  • To connect motorcycle buyers and sellers from state to state.

Vision Statement

  • To integrate technology to further improve the motorcycle shipping process.
  • To expand our motorcycle shipping option throughout North America.

Values Statement

  • To provide an ethical service to our customers and prospective customers.
  • To be as transparent as possible on the process and the realistic outcomes.
  • To only do to others what we would expect done to us.

We have been shipping motorcycles throughout the USA, as well as between the USA and Canada since 1983. The reason there’s an “AA” in our name is before search engines, we used the Yellow Pages directory. The Yellow Pages sorted all companies within categories in alphabetical order A-Z. Now you know.

We were one of the initial shippers to adopt a specialized skid to safely and securely ship motorcycles in enclosed trailers. We  have shipped over 100,000 motorcycles since inception. There was a need for an enclosed motorcycle shipping service. Until 2002, the only choice was to load your motorcycle onto the back of a pickup and drive. We partnered with North American Van Lines, currently known as STI, to design a reusable motorcycle skid that can safely load and transport a motorcycle through its network. This innovation led to a boom in motorcycle shipping sales.

We ship motorcycles, ATVs, sport bikes, touring bikes, golf carts, jet skis and snowmobiles. We have 34 distribution centers throughout the United States and have trucks available for daily pick-ups in most of the major urban areas. Combined with our insured and bonded drivers, we provide the most sophisticated and comprehensive motorcycle transportation service in the United States.

Over the course of the company’s history, AA Motorcycle Shipping has achieved a reputation for quality motorcycle shipping service by recognizing and meeting the needs of our customers. Our services are as diverse as the clients we serve. We have been setting the professional and personal service standard in the industry.

Edith Friedman

Been with the company since inception. Leads the accounting function.

Hayley Saks

Been with the company since inception. Leads the legal and compliance function.

Dion Saks

V-President (Hayley’s husband)
Been with the company since inception. Runs the operations of the business.

See the rest of our staff here.

Great4.2 Based on 144 reviews from review us onSheldon RussellSheldon Russell ★★★★★ I want to thank everyone involved in having my motorcycle picked up and delivered. I will definitely recommend your company to anyone who wants the great service!Rob JuddRob Judd ★★★★★ I used AA shipping to move my Africa Twin from the Nashville terminal to the Boise Idaho terminal. The process was simple and straight forward. The bike arrived one day before their estimated date and the bike was in exactly the same condition as when it was shipped. I could not be happier with the whole experience. I will use them for all my future shipping needs.Thomas HarrisThomas Harris ★★★★★ Deb was awesome and made sure the delivery went smooth. The driver was professional and friendly as well. Overall a great experience!Jenny MerinoJenny Merino ★★★★★ This is who we use everytime we need a bike shipped and have been happy every time. When you call you get an actual person, and you can easily track the bike, set it up and pay online. Pick up is quick and easy, and delivery is on time and efficient. Price is similar when we shop around and its so much better than getting those random quotes and calls from shipping companies online. I would recomend aa to anyone needing a bike shipped and we will continue to use them in the future.Response from the ownerThank you Ryan LomasneyRyan Lomasney ★★★★★ Ship my bike from Cali to Georgia bike showed up when It was supposed to no damage to motorcycle would Recommend this company all day and will be doing business with them again for sureResponse from the ownerThank you Mark MeyerhoffMark Meyerhoff ★★★★★ All of our bikes arrived on time in the same shape as they were when we rolled them on the pallets. AA did a GREAT job! Specifically, Eileen from the Beltmann group in Anaheim went above and beyond to offer us refreshments and food while we waited for our ride, that she helped organize for us. Frankly, she is an exceptional employee in our opinion!!!Response from the ownerThank you Joshua BachmanJoshua Bachman ★★★★★ Shipped my motorcycle from SWFL to Seattle. They picked it up on time and it showed up in perfect shape when I picked it up in Seattle to ride PCH. Great way to start an amazing trip.Response from the ownerHave a safe trip and thank you for the business. Charles (Pete) KittredgeCharles (Pete) Kittredge ★★★★★ Fair prices, Good service. It arrived on time and in good shape. Excellent, considering it came out of New York City. Nobody else wanted to go in there.Response from the ownerThank you for the business Ray BurnettRay Burnett ★★★★★ I shipped my motorcycle with AA and was delivered in a covered truck and was cover inside the truck. Good service and safe transport!TODD HENTSCHTODD HENTSCH ★★★★★ Shipping from Hawaii to Colorado Easy as can be from start to finish fast and communicated well entire trip I recommendErick SnyderErick Snyder ★★★★★ Getting a quote was very fast and very easy. They responded quickly and efficiently.Scott SnyderScott Snyder ★★★★★ AA did a great job again. I got set up for the shipment and dropped it at their freight center in Chicago the same day! They shipped it to the freight center in San Diego in about a week, which I think is quick. This is my 3rd time using them and they’ve always been good. Definitely recommend them.Response from the ownerThank you Scott Antonelli VidaAntonelli Vida ★★★★★ Easy to follow online transport quote. The pick up was quick. I got my motorcycle in a week, From North Carolina to California. Only motorcycle transport I use.Response from the ownerThank you for your support. Frank GillenFrank Gillen ★★★★★ Everything went great it happened pretty fast also , I’m very happyResponse from the ownerThank you for the business Frank j zj z ★★★★★ Third time using AA Motorcycle Shipping. Always great service and always met all commitments. The warehouse staff in Milpitas CA was awesome when we went to pick up the bikes.Response from the ownerThank you Jay for the business. Leeza PilonLeeza Pilon ★★★★★ Fantastic service every thing was very easy, efficient and professional with great communicationResponse from the ownerThank you Leeza John HollywoodJohn Hollywood ★★★★★ Been using this company for 2-3 yrs now (I am a motorcycle dealer/seller) and they have always been great. No issues and tracking on shipments is great. I will continue to ship my motorcycles with them.Definitely recommend them A+delmar wilsondelmar wilson ★★★★★ Thank you 😊Blake CotlarBlake Cotlar ★★★★★ I got my motorcycle in 7 days even during the holiday. Motorcycle came exactly how they picked it up, no damages. They were very good at communication I would Call for an estimated time on arrival and they would give it to me. I recommend. Venmo: BlakeCotlarMatthew KearneyMatthew Kearney ★★★★★ AA were extremely efficient and handled the transportation of my bike really well, including honoring time windows for pick up and delivery.Response from the ownerThank you Matthew Steve HaskinsSteve Haskins ★★★★★ Perfect not one scratchThomas BaxterThomas Baxter ★★★★★ AA picked up a motorcycle for me in Ohio and delivered it to Montana, on time and with fine communication. A small plastic part was damaged, and the follow up claims process is being handled well. The bike was secured via attachment to a movable pallatte which assured less risk to the forks and removed need to move bike aroound manually. The specialization shown to long distance motorcycle shipping was appreciated.Tom BaxterAbsorakee, Montanajs_loader

In today’s competitive environment, AA Motorcycle Transport knows the value of combining a competitive rate structure with quality service, and we take pride in providing both. Trust us to take care of your motorcycle shipping needs. No motorcycle transportation job is too big or too small.

Our y-Drive, Inc. Company Timeline and the Formation of AA Motorcycle Shipping

1985 – A-A Auto Transport Was Born

Gerry Kaplan moved to California from New Jersey and had to ship his vehicle. He had trouble locating a carrier and had an idea to match shippers with carriers. Kaplan started a new venture, A-A Auto Transport. AA Motorcycles was born out of AA Auto Transport.

1985 – FMCSA

A-A Auto Shipping was accredited by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) and was bonded and insured. The accreditation and bond are still in continuance.

1986 – Launched Door-To-Door Shipping

A-A Auto Transport was one of the first brokers in the USA to offer door-to-door shipping for vehicles in both open and enclosed trailers.

1994- Business Acquired

In March of 1994, Jack Friedman emigrated from South Africa and purchased A-A Auto Transport from Jerry Kaplan. Jerry remained in the business for a few months to ensure a smooth transition. The business’ first employee, Doris Cox, was hired.

1999 – Central Dispatch Contributions

Wayne Harris, the founder of Central Dispatch, contacted Jack Friedman to transport his vehicle from Boston, MA to San Diego, CA. Wayne had an idea to create an innovative platform to match carriers and brokers. A-A Auto Transport was one of the initial brokers operating on the platform.

2001 – Female Owned Business

It was time for Jack Friedman to venture into a new overseas transportation business, Ship Overseas, and A-A Auto Transport was sold to a mother and daughter partnership. The new female-owned business now belonged to Hayley Saks and Edith Friedman.

2001- New Manager

Dion Saks, Hayley’s husband, joined and began managing the business, preparing A-A Auto Transport for its future growth. Saks has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

2001 – Growing Staff

Between 2001 and 2004, our company’s current staff, Julia, Debbie, Dave, and Selwyn were hired. Since employment, they have been extensively trained and offer a wealth of knowledge in vehicle shipping.

2002- A-A Motorcycle Transport Was Born

There was a need for an enclosed motorcycle shipping service. Until 2002, the only choice was to load your motorcycle onto the back of a pickup and drive. We partnered with North American Van Lines, currently known as STI, to design a reusable motorcycle skid that can safely load and transport a motorcycle through its network. This innovation led to a boom in motorcycle shipping sales.

2003- US Canada Auto Transport Was Born

2004- Launched Ship-By-Rail Service

Several customer inquiries led to the creation of a partnership with Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway. We were now offering a fast and enclosed shipping service between the east and west coasts,
terminal to terminal in enclosed auto rail cars.

2005- Expanding Fleet

Given all these new business opportunities, our network of auto carriers in the USA exploded. We now team up with over 1,000 of the most reliable and experienced driving teams in both the USA and Canada. US Canada Auto Transport offers vehicle, motorcycle, trailer, and RV shipping services to numerous key figures, including NHL athletes, NASCAR drivers, Cirque Du Soleil actors, and consulate employees.

2006- The Edmonton Motorshow

US Canada Auto Transport had become very successful in the cross-border shipping industry, and it was now time to showcase our service to the Canadian public. We exhibited at The Edmonton Motorshow, showcasing the possibility for the Canadian public to purchase cheaper vehicles in the USA and ship them back to Canada.

Our exhibit at the Motorshow proved to be a breakthrough for the Canadian public. Cross-border shipping was now possible.

2007- Ground-Breaking Sales

The deterioration of the US dollar against the Canadian dollar led to ground-breaking sales for US Canada Auto Transport. Our business was swamped with cross-border inquiries and rightly so, we offered a service that was in demand, transporting 8,000+ vehicles in a single year! The knowledge of our staff ensured that our clients were satisfied.

2010- Commenced Intra-Canadian Shipping

Our company provided intra-USA shipping and cross-border shipping but not intra-provincial Canadian shipping. This was to change. We teamed up with the major Canadian railroads to offer intra-Canadian auto shipping.

2012- Partnered With Ship Overseas, Inc.

2014- Partnered With Several International Van Lines

Our certification as a Canadian bonded carrier allowed us to partner with a plethora of large international van lines: American Van Lines, Allied Van Lines, Mayflower Transit, SIRVA, and UniGroup to mention a few. Their clients were relocating between the USA and Canada and often, their vehicles were too large to fit in the van lines trailers. We now provided a solution to these van lines offering in-land bonded
carrier shipments.

2015- Certified US Bonded Carrier

US Canada Auto Transport is now a certified bonded US carrier. We can ship vehicles in bonds under Transit and Export bonds between US ports and Canada without the need for these shipments to clear US Customs. Our Canadian clients can benefit from the cost savings on shipping through US ports.

2016- Moving Headquarters

It was now time to move. We remained in the Sorrento Valley neighborhood of San Diego, CA but moved into a larger office space on Ferris Square. Our open-plan office structure was changed to a closed-plan office, with all our employees given their own office workspace.

2016- AES For Vehicles

The US Census Bureau introduced new US export regulations. Every shipment leaving US ports, including those on the Canadian and Mexican borders, now had to file with the Advances Export System and were given a unique Internal Transaction Number (ITN). Certification was required to be able to file shipments with the AES. Of course, we would become certified, but we identified that many individuals who drove across the border were not able to get an ITN. US Canada Auto Transport introduced AES For Vehicles, where the public could obtain an ITN for a small fee.

2016- A+ BBB Accreditation

Y-Drive Inc BBB Business Review

Y-Drive Inc has received an A+ accreditation with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and has been maintained until today.

2017- A New Office Dog

A new member of our team was hired. Maddie, a miniature Goldendoodle was now placed in charge of office security and incoming tele-sales.

2020- COVID-19 Hits

COVID-19 took the world by storm. The motorcycle shipping industry was greatly affected because nobody was traveling during these times. Thankfully, our other websites (US Canada Auto Transport and AA-Auto) helped offset the financial hardship.

2021- System Upgrade: Quote-by-Text

Y-Drive Inc was the first shipping company to offer shipping quotes by text, in addition to email and quotes by phone

2022 – New Website

It was time for a change. We updated, and continue to update, the site with new content.