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    Question re shipping-combined with cross -country shipping

    Hello
    I am a proud owner of a 2003 K1200LT and have just acquired a 2011 Can Am Spyder RT-S SE5 Limited. Now I know there is a lot of controversy About this bike not being a bike and it is true. I however, really want my wife to join me on rides and she simply is not comfortable on the LT. I am 61 and have had my share of balance issues so I felt this was the best choice. Yes, I am keeping my LT! I want to know if anyone out there has the contact for a great enclosed shipper that they have used. The vehicle is sitting in Palm Springs with 257 miles and I simply do not want break in a new bike with a different riding style this time of year. The bike would be shipped to Beaverton, Oregon.

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    Larry Kniess
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    You may find what you are looking for here.

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=47142

    I think the Spyder is a great way to bring people into riding that would otherwise stay away, or to extend the riding career as people age and have difficulty with balance. Whatever improves the riding experience is to be appreciated, not demeaned. Hope your wife loves it. It is the modern sidecar rig.
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    As far as shipping the Spyder with a motorcycle shipper is concerned, they may also argue whether it is a bike or not. The ones I have shipped with, used a pallet to which the bike was strapped to. The Spyder would not fit on this.

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    I recently needed two bikes shipped - the incoming new and the outgoing old.

    I signed up for uBid.com and what a trip that turned out to be. I received dozens of bids for one of the hauls and zero bids for the other. The trip I received bids for was only 250 miles, and I had bids ranging from $125 to $2500. I had no idea what kind of equipment the bidders wanted to use - for all I knew they could show up in an '88 VW Rabbit towing a Tractor Supply landscape trailer.

    I ended up doing the transporting myself. Couple of pleasant day trips and I got to meet the seller and buyer face to face.

    Good luck with the Can Am. They sound interesting and I see more and more on the road. Maybe someday.

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    Ubid

    I guess you haven't seen the TV show, Shipping Wars. Exactly as you described. Makes for stupid television.

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    Smile I found a shipper...

    I received some rave reviews of a bike specific shipper called WolverineCycles. They will be picking it up next week and have it here the next day providing the weather cooperates.

    I'm grinnin already!

    Thanks for the replies and generous offers to "help" out.
    Larry Kniess
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    "It is what you discover, after you know it all, that counts." _ John Wooden

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    I recently shipped a Willys CJ3A via a transportation company that the guy found on the internet...driver showed up with a homemade car trailer and a jalopy of an F-350 with a million miles, a lot of dents, and 6 different body colors...I was skeptical, but the Jeep made it to the new owner in perfect condition...if you're lucky, pictures of your bike could end up on one of the white trash towing sites...strapped to the roof of a 79 Toyota Tercel.

    I realize that this is not the most helpful reply...my original point was that the CanAm is comparable to the Willys in size, weight, and stability...a flat deck or enclosed car trailer is probably best...I wish I had some useful advice. If you were closer, I'd pick it up for you for gas money. Maybe there's a member here with a trailer, a free weekend, and a lifelong desire to see Beaverton.

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    You and your wife will love the Spyder. It's still a relatively new venture for Can Am, especially the RT, but a good dealer with a good mechanic will keep you happy. If you haven't visited here already, give it a try: www.spyderlovers.com. We rode ours, with the Can Am trailer in tow, out to Glacier and Yellowstone NP's last year and had great time!
    Dan

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    Hey "ikniess",

    Last year I shipped my GSA from Maine to Utah with JCMotors. They specialize in shipping vehicles only, that it be a motorcycle, car, truck, ...etc. Good service and they were realy friendly. There's probably cheaper ways, but I felt confident that mike bike would get there in one piece with these guys! They offer insurance and my bike insurance covered it anyway, so That was a plus!

    Here's a lnk to it! Good luck!!

    http://www.motorcycleshippers.com/

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    If my GS keeps tipping over, I'm going to be looking at the CanAms.

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    I found this fellow

    I received some rave reviews of a bike specific shipper called WolverineCycles. They will be picking it up next week and have it here the next day providing the weather cooperates.

    I'm grinnin already!

    Thanks for the replies and generous offers to "help" out.

    I will post my experience when it gets here!
    Larry Kniess
    Beaverton, OR
    2003 BMW K1200LT
    2011 Can-Am Spyder RT-S SE5 Limited

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    cross-country bike ship questions?

    Hi, I am contemplating shipping my bike to Ca. and was curious as to details on pick up ,and delivery options, since I have never done this. My son is getting married in June in Fremont Ca., so if i sent the bike that way, does it get delivered to a local dealer, or would the delivery company deliver to an individual, if i could find a volunteer? Will they pick up at the house, or at my local dealer, 65 miles for me? Just looking at basic info on the mechanics of how this works. Plan on riding back to Pa. after the wedding.

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    If you use one of the big shippers, usually dealer to dealer shipment is best. Unless you happen to have easy load/unload access for a full size semi at your delivery points (no u-turns). I have used jc motors (www.motorcycleshippers.com) and federal (http://www.funtransport.com) in the past with no issues at all. If you require guaranteed delivery date, make sure to sign up for the option.

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    Additional shippers are shown at the bottom of this link:

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=47142
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