Y-Drive, Inc. is the legal name of our company. AA Motorcycle Shipping is a DBA (doing-business-as). In our timeline below, you’ll see AA Auto Transport, US Canada Auto Transport, and AA Motorcycle Shipping. All 3 are DBAs to help our customers have a better experience.
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.
To integrate technology to further improve the motorcycle shipping process.
To expand our motorcycle shipping option throughout North America.
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.
Placed a motorcycle order with AA Transport and my bike delivered to me in perfect condition several weeks later as expected. AA agent Julia did a great job following through on a couple of initial concerns I had. I love the fact I can make one phone call to AA Transport and their office takes my call right away. Worst case scenario is I leave them a message but they always call me back. A business like this who stands behind their services to ensure I’m satisfied is what means the most to me. Their transport driver Max was friendly, professional and offered to help me push the bike into my storage unit even after it was unloaded. Excellent job, AA Motorcycle Transport!
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+
Great company with low shipping rates! They were very helpful and the customer service was excellent. My motorcycle arrived early and in great condition. Communication was very clear throughout the delivery process. I highly recommend then to anyone looking to ship their vehicle.
I used this transport company in October to ship my motorcycle from New Jersey to California. I dropped it off at the terminal in Monroe New Jersey where they inspected the bike for damages and scratches. The motorcycle arrived a week later in perfect condition, even earlier than promised. Every person involved in the process was super nice and extremely helpful. The price was the best....Great company, great service..
From quote request to delivery of my motorcycle, AA Motorcycle Transport proved to be a great shipper service. I was quoted about $175 less than other top rated motorcycle shipping companies which offered the same service. They estimated a pick up date 3 days after I placed my order and picked up exactly on the 3rd day. I really like that they offer tracking and you can check in to see where your bike is at as it moves towards its destination. Transport from North Carolina to California (9 days) arrived 1 day earlier than quoted but since I opted for Door to Terminal service, my motorcycle was not unloaded off of the trailer until 1 day after their delivery date estimation which was not a problem for me. The staff at the terminal were very helpful and friendly when I called them to check status for pick up. Once I arrived at the terminal, they informed me which dock to check in at and wait for them to bring out my motorcycle. I was very pleased to see how it was tied down to a specialized pallet for motorcycle transport. Absolutely no damage or scratches on the bike. Overall this company is great and I would definitely use them again and recommend them to others.
It was quite painless shipping my motorcycle with AA and Debbie was quite patient with me. After payment they hooked me up with Corovan as the carrier. They came to the house with a custom motorcycle rack. The bike gets strapped right into it. The men who picked up the bike said they are the best motorcycle shippers out there and I believe it. One huge plus is you don't have to turn over the keys. The first shipping company I looked at wanted the keys to my 800cc Ducati. I don't think so. I guess my only question now is could I have went directly to Corovan and saved money without AA as the middle-man?
I bought online and needed my ride picked up at the dealership. The dealership took pictures and the when the shipment arrived, there were no damages. I recommend that the person or dealership you’re buying from sends a video along with photos.
Shipped my motorcycle cross country from CA to FL. Couldn't have been more satisfied! Bike was delivered in the exact same condition it was dropped off in. Got my bike across the country in under 2 weeks at a super affordable price! Delivered before the the due date given, even though the drop off location is considered remote due to the fact that they don't have any terminals close to there. All customer service reps I talked with on the phone were very helpful and courteous. Thanks AA Motorcycle Transport! Much appreciated!
Easy dropoff at tacoma terminal, and it arrived in Southern California on first day of estimated window. Chose option of 4-hour window, arrived in middle of that window. Arrived in same condition I sent it with. Cheers!
I had nothing but a positive experience. Great communication. Total transport time was exactly 7 days from pick up to drop off door to door (Midwest to Southwest). Easy to schedule pick up and drop off times. Crew was on time.
Great experience with AA Motorcycle transport. Their customer service explained the difference in logistics between shipping door-to-door and shipping terminal-to-terminal, which is the better option when short on time. I dropped the bike off in Los Angeles on Friday and it arrived in St. Louis next Tuesday in the morning. The price was far below their competitors. I will use them again anytime I plan to ship my bike.
AA Motorcycle Transport did an excellent job in transporting my motorcycle from Texas to Minnesota. Not only did it get here in a timely fashion, but there followup was superb. I had a small issue with a scrape on a chrome piece on the muffler of the bike. A $150 part. The problem is I didn't notice it until one day later after I signed off on the delivery. I followed the proper direction, and turned in the damage claim. A week later I received a letter from CRST Specialized Transportation stating that I had signed off on the delivery and "Because of this, STI must respectfully decline settlement on this claim". AA Motorcycle did not agree with the outcome of my claim, and sent me a check for the amount of the claim to replace the part. Being in business for myself for 41 years I understand that not everything goes perfect, and it's how you handle customer situations like this that keeps your business going for years to come. My hats off to AA Motorcycle Transport for putting the customer first, and resolving this issue. A rare find in todays business world.Thank You,Bob
Great company to work with. Very Customer oriented. Took great care of our bikes. Time from pick up to delivery was very quick. Handling of bikes and care was as if the bikes belonged to the drivers.Very professional and responsive to our needs. Our bikes were transported from Utah to Texas. Streetglide and Ultra.Highly recommend.
bike got here. had no damage ,was told windshield would be bubbled wrapped it wasn't i personal would have liked to seen more protection just setting on a skid .looked like at anytime bike could get hurt .just happy it made it here .I was also told that bike would be covered wasn't .the office was very friendly answered all my question and made arrangements to have it delivered to my warehouse when I was going to be there
Great guys to move a bike. Had a Ducati shipped from Orlando to Denver and could not be happier. Great company, easy to drop off at a shipping hub, and delivered it sooner than i expected. Use these guys you wont regret it.
You wrote a review for AA Motorcycle Shipping3 days ago5.0 star rating8/14/2017I had a BMW F650 transported from Riverside CA to the Washington DC area by AA. My experiences with them were super positive. First of all the price was very affordable. I went on to their site, put in my bike specifics (make, model, year and dimensions) and out pops a very affordable quote of 685 to ship coast to coast. Through the process the site was very informative with current updates of where the bike was and emails told me when the bike would be delivered. If there were any questions I picked up the phone and called and within a ring or two spoke with a real live person. Debbie was especially helpful. Also everyone along the logistic chain were very polite and helpful. Lastly they advertise door to door service and that is exactly what I got. Cant say enough good about AA!
From time to time I have motorcycles shipped and the results have ranged from good to less than good. This last time I had a bike shipped from MI to FL and I used AA Motorcycle Transport for the service. Best decision I have ever made for shipping and I will never use anyone else. Best service, best price, and best results. The entire process from obtaining a quote to receipt of the bike ran like clockwork. The staff at AA (that would be primarily Julia) were very friendly, helpful, and efficient. The bike was secured on a palette loaded in an enclosed trailer and arrived in FL looking exactly as it did when it left WI. I cannot ask for more than that.If you want to ship a bike call Julia at AA Motorcycle Transport.
A great overall experience with this company. I found the prices to be some of the best available. The delivery time was also more than reasonable and the bike arrived looking great. The crew was also friendly and helpful. If I ever need to ship it again I would definitely use their services.
My son received the motorcycle the morning of the day after. NOT BAD GUYS. Ian said it was in excellent shape and was very pleased with the people that delivered it. Really good experience. Thank you very much
I have used AA Motorcycle Transport several times and will call on them for future services. Totally professional from pickup to delivery and tracking is a great feature. Most importantly the bike is secured to a pallet and in my case they bubble wrapped the fairing and windscreen.Do to my work schedule I was able to pick up the motorcycle at the local terminal which was more convenient for me. Cost is reasonable, Oregon to Indiana $665 and delivery was less then two weeks after booking.
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 TransportWas 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
Our company identified another opportunity in the market. No companies were offering cross-border shipping for personal-owned vehicles (POVs). All vehicles, including motorcycles, that needed to be shipped to Canada were dropped on the US side of the border, and the vehicle owner was responsible to drive the vehicle across the border. We researched all the regulations and requirements for both USCBP and Canada Customs and were able to guide carriers to ensure speedy and compliant border crossings. Visit US Canada Auto Transport.
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.
Y-Drive Inc partnered with Ship Overseas, an international car shipping company, to provide international Ro-Ro auto shipping services from Halifax to Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and the Middle East.
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 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.