So, you've spent a lot of time searching far and wide for the motorcycle of your dreams. And, after countless hours of hunting, you finally find your dream bike! Of course, if you have the money, you can go buy it. However, there's one tiny problem: it's super far from you.
How do you move a bike you want to buy that's hundreds of kilometres away from your home? Well, the job isn't easy if you don't know what you're doing. Fortunately, we're here to change that!
Today, we want to share with you some great tips to help you move your bike by yourself with ease:
1. Use The Proper Tie-Downs
The first thing you have to do in order to move your bike is to secure it in your vehicle. Though it's tempting to tie your precious steed to the roof of your car, we can't recommend that. The roof of your car is not meant to hold heavy objects.
Lying your bike on its side and tying it to the roof of your car is also not a great idea. Again, your roof isn't meant to hold heavy objects with any sort of regularity. Using tie-downs from your local auto parts store is a better option.
You can buy and install these before you bring your bike home. They're available for purchase in most stores and are not difficult to install.
2. Prepare Your Bike
One of the first things you'll want to do is to remove your seats. This will make the loading and unloading process a lot easier. If you have a great bike, you'll also want to keep your seats in good condition during the trip. So, we recommend using a blanket or some sort of soft material to protect the seats during the trip.
You'll also want to remove any loose or hanging parts of the bike. This might include mirrors, side bags, and even anything hanging off the handlebars. Again, this will prevent any damage to your seats and handlebars during the trip.
3. Pick A Truck That's Equipped For The Job
If you're planning on moving your bike on your own, you're going to want to pick a truck that's equipped to hold a bike. This will mainly involve purchasing a truck bed with tie-down brackets on it.
If you don't have a truck, you might want to consider renting one. There are many to rent from, and you can even consult with the rental provider about which truck you can rent to move your bike!
4. Bring Someone To Help You Out
There's no shame in asking for help when moving a motorcycle, especially if you're moving it on your own. It might seem that you can handle it all yourself, but you're going to want someone to help you with the more difficult parts.
With motorcycles, there are a lot of things you can't do on your own. For example, maybe you can get the bike in the back of your truck, but you might end up being unable to get it back out. So, feel free to ask a friend or family member to help you out!
There are a lot of things that go into moving a bike. If you're not sure that you can handle the entire process, we encourage you to hire professional movers to come and help you out. If you are confident in your ability to move the bike on your own, we hope these tips helped you out!
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