If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast that spends a not-insignificant amount of their spare time perusing forums and auction sites for your latest two-wheeled fix then you probably also spend a fair amount of time worrying about shipping.
Because, while it might be ideal to find a beautiful used machine just down the road from you, we all know that rarely happens. More often than not, your gaze will fall on a vehicle located hundreds of miles away.
You could always bite the bullet and buy brand new but thanks to a major shortage of chips globally, affordable factory fresh bikes are few and far between. That has made the second-hand market even more competitive and even more vital.
Indeed, UK households spent an average of £178 million on motorcycles in 2020 alone. But what are the best ways to ensure your new ride gets to you safely and with minimal fuss?
- Ride there yourself
Of course, the first choice for those of us with the time is to take a friend, drive or ride there yourself and have your friend drive back in the original vehicle while you ride your new pride and joy home. If you have the time available to plan a road trip this can be a fun and practical solution. However, with the current petrol shortage and the fact you’d probably need to
- Hire a man and van service to pick up and deliver for you
A good reliable man and van service is perhaps the most practical and convenient solution here. This is a service that will pick up your new ride for you and drive it across the country to deliver it right to your door. There are hundreds of providers to choose from here and the delivery service sector has seen a general boom in the fallout of COVID soo you’ll have more to choose from than ever before. Just ensure the service you choose is fully insured and don’t be afraid to get a few quotes before settling.
- Public transport
This is ultimately going to be the most affordable option for transporting a motorcycle nine times out of ten. There are dozens of bus and train services that run the length and breadth of the country and the benefit here is, unlike the ride and drive option, you don’t need to take a friend along to make it work. The major drawbacks here, however, include the time it will take, the inconsistency of public transport and the fact that your new ride might be kept in a remote location that can’t actually be reached with public transportation. This is probably only going to be a viable option if the bike is relatively local.