Palletized vs Non Palletized Motorcycle Shipping

Having your beloved motorcycle shipped to any part of the country can be a bit nerve wrecking. Most of the time we would rather sit on our bikes and enjoy the breeze, but, once in a while, this can be a bit impractical. Say you wish to attend a motorcycle event on the other side of the country, as an example. If that is the case, then you would be better off letting professionals ship your bike, for the sake of both the motorcycle itself and your back. Take it from us; being on a motorcycle can be fun. However, the fun begins to dwindle after the first 200 or so miles. Here, in any case, is everything that you need to know about Palletized vs Non Palletized Motorcycle Shipping;

Palletized vs Non Palletized shipping

One of the things that you will discover, when it comes to the shipment of your motorcycle, is that this can be done in two ways. Okay, there may be other ways of shipping a motorcycle, including by simply dumping it on the back of your truck, but for professionals, palletized and non palletized shipping are pretty much the standard.

  1. Palletized shipping

palletized shipping

This is one of the services that we offer at AA Motorcycle Shipping. Indeed, palletized shipment is one of our premium services. So, how does it work?

As you can see in the above screenshot, under palletized shipment, your motorcycle is securely strapped onto a wooden pallet. It is then shipped in an enclosed air ride trailer.

How long does it take?

Should you choose to use our palletized shipping, you can expect your motorcycle to arrive at its destination within 7-14 days.

Advantages of Palletized Motorcycle Shipping

  • Palletized shipping comes with a number of advantages. The biggest of these is the fact that you can rest assured knowing that your motorcycle will arrive where you intend it to go in one piece!
  • Palletized shipping tends to be very secure.
  • Add to this the fact that we offer up to $5000 in insurance for all shipments, and you can rest assured knowing that  your beloved bike will be well taken care of!

Do we offer online tracking?

Yes, our palletized shipping comes with online tracking. This ensures that you have a good idea of where exactly your motorcycle is at any given point in time.

  1. Non Palletized Shipping.

non palletized shipping

This is the second method that we use when we ship our clients’ motorcycles around the country. What you need to know is that we have specially designed trucks that we use to carry motorcycles from one place to the other.

Should you choose the non palletized shipping method, your motorcycle will be strapped to eye-bolts that are placed in strategic places on the truck’s bed.

Advantages of non palletized shipping.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of opting for the non palletized shipping method is that shipments tend to be quicker. That’s because in-transit times tend to be shorter than is the case with palletized shipping. With non palletized shipping, our trucks usually take direct routes to their destinations.


  • Loading motorcycles using the non palletized shipping methods tends to be difficult and time consuming.
  • None palletized shipping also does not come with online tracking.
  • The service is also only offered on select routes.

How much does it cost to ship a motorcycle?

Feel free to use the tool on this website to get an instant motorcycle shipment quote for any part of the country. Most people are interested in knowing how much it is going to cost them to have their motorcycles shipped to their intended destinations.

In general, what we can say is the average cost for motorcycle shipment for a distance of 1000 miles lies between $400 and $600. If you wish to have your motorcycle transported to a distance of less than 1000 miles, you can expect to pay between $180 and $300. These amounts make us one of the most affordable motorcycle shipping companies that can be found anywhere in the country.

It’s all going to depend, of course of the type of motorcycle that is being shipped, as well as the type of shipping method that you opt for.

Will my motorcycle be insured?

This is something on which we have already dwelt in the above discussion. And YES, we offer insurance on all motorcycle shipments. In fact, we offer up to $5000 in insurance cover for all shipments. However, if your motorcycle’s worth goes beyond this range, feel free to get in touch with us and we will gladly up the insurance cover that we offer.

Get in touch with us today!

If you are not sure whether to go with palletized or non palletized shipping for your motorcycle, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we will gladly point you in the right direction. At AA Motorcycle Shipping, we pride ourselves in being one of the best motorcycle shipment companies in the entire world. So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us today to have your bike shipped at the quickest time and at the lowest price!

For those that are looking for vehicle shipping, get in touch with our sister company, US Canada Auto Transport. They have been in the business since 1983 and will get your vehicle where you wish to have it go in no time!

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