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post #1 of 10 Old 06-25-2019, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone used "open transport" for their bikes?
Flying to San Diego to visit a friend and want to ride back to Seattle on the slow.
Shipping the bike down and getting quotes from U-Ship. Open transport is mucho cheaper but I worry about security. Any insights from the crew?
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Not sure of you riding style or how long you like to ride but would be leaving a day or two earlier be optional and simply ride the DL to San Diego? Its only 1,200 miles. Very easy to grind out 600 or 700 mile a day on slab.

Cheaper and you get more saddle time and the bike is under your watch.
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Anyone used "open transport" for their bikes?
Flying to San Diego to visit a friend and want to ride back to Seattle on the slow.
Shipping the bike down and getting quotes from U-Ship. Open transport is mucho cheaper but I worry about security. Any insights from the crew?
Steve at Bevel Heaven (Ducati restro parts) is an agent for a bike shipping company. I have not personally used his shipper but I know folks who have and they were very satisfied. I do know Steve and I can testify that he is an upright guy.
The contract is printed out on his website. It is in plain language.
https://store.bevelheaven.com/Bike-S...ping-w/in-USA/

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I will check this out. Thanks!
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This has been a bit frustrating. Quotes ranging from $650.00 to $1,200.00 (which is a dollar per mile!). That is with me delivering the bike to them and picking it up at their terminal on the other end.
Knowing that I am a "retail" target I expected high prices but not this high.

I've spoken with dealers out of state quoting $350.00 shipping charges to me if I buy a bike from them. Anyone know a motorcycle dealer that could shed some insight on getting good rates?
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Not sure of you riding style or how long you like to ride but would be leaving a day or two earlier be optional and simply ride the DL to San Diego? Its only 1,200 miles. Very easy to grind out 600 or 700 mile a day on slab.

Cheaper and you get more saddle time and the bike is under your watch.
Physical limitations apply. Compressed/bulging disc with arthritic vertebrae surrounding it means I can't do 600 mile days. 300 tops. Getting old sucks.
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Don't get caught up in mileage as the amount you can ride in a day. A 300 mile day of riding tight technical twisty roads can take longer than riding 600 miles of super slab.

The prices you are getting are crazy. I've worked with buyer who had bikes shipped across the country for around $600. Of course you are on their schedule.

Do you have access to Amtrak Auto train?

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Physical limitations apply. Compressed/bulging disc with arthritic vertebrae surrounding it means I can't do 600 mile days. 300 tops. Getting old sucks.
Coach, I have just returned from Tampa, FL (last week) after having laser spine surgery for just those ailments and more. I'll be back to riding next week. Send me a PM if you want the contact.

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Anyone used "open transport" for their bikes?
Flying to San Diego to visit a friend and want to ride back to Seattle on the slow.
Shipping the bike down and getting quotes from U-Ship. Open transport is mucho cheaper but I worry about security. Any insights from the crew?
I've never heard of "open transport".

I know a few people who've used:

https://www.funtransport.com/

They were pleased with the service and rates.
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Don't get caught up in mileage as the amount you can ride in a day. A 300 mile day of riding tight technical twisty roads can take longer than riding 600 miles of super slab.

The prices you are getting are crazy. I've worked with buyer who had bikes shipped across the country for around $600. Of course you are on their schedule.

Do you have access to Amtrak Auto train?
I checked Amtrak but there is no service here in Seattle. That would have been a great way to get there!
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