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How we pack your bike

Please note; NO CRATES!!

We don't accept bikes crated at any of our depots. If you want to use one of our shipping services please deliver your bike as it will be loaded into the container. NOT surrounded by a bloody great (or any size) crate. The problem is threefold.
Firstly we don't have time to uncrate and recrate your bike before and after our shipments.
Secondly we simply cannot afford the storage of any crate for the length of time your bike will be away and thirdly we do not crate bikes for the shipping service - they go in the container free of any packing.

Don't send us bikes in crates!!! OK??

Click the images below to see the larger version.

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The bike is placed in the cradle. Most bikes use the standard cradle but big'uns have special ones (full dress Harleys, Goldwings and the like)
Then its firmly strapped down using high quality strapping.
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In this case one strap each side of the front forks - PLEASE NOTE: we dont compress the suspension.
These bikes don't move at all when strapped down properly.
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All tied down and ready to go.

This is the most important part of shipping. Making sure the bikes are well tied down to the cradles.

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Even an FJR1300 fits within our Standard bike size - as long as the panniers & top box are off the bike.
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We only use the highest quality fork lift drivers that money can provide.
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Now you can see the reason for the hollow cross pieces.
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Dave breaches Occ Health and Safety regs.. but we HAVE to make sure the bikes are safe!
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The Duck gets ready for insertion.
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Its a lucky coincidence that Shipping Containers are just a bit wider than the length of the average bike. Its an unlucky one that they're not wider that Goldwings and other huge bikes.
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The corner is screwed down into the container.
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As is the middle
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And the other corner
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Nothing like a nice big screw.
With these things and the straps you could ship the containers upside down. Er... not that we try it of course.
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Drillbit? No... THIS is a drillbit.
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Dave snapped the drill 2 seconds later. Ah... the hidden expenses of bike transporting.
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1/2 full.
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All ready to go. You can see how 'normal' bikes can fit 20 in a 40' container. Large bikes cannot fit width ways and so must be fitted lengthways. You can then only fit 8 in a 40' container. Hence the additional cost.

More accurately: two Goldwings (or K1200LT BMWs) take the same amount of floor space as 7 Standard size bikes

new cradle design
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