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How do you move a Metropolitan across the country?

Postby TheNewZero on Tue May 20, 2008 3:11 pm

I'm moving from Portland, OR to New Haven, CT in about a month and i really dont want to sell my scooter but its the only thing i cant just mail. There are a lot of motorcycle movers online who want anywhere from $700 to $1300 to move it but i'd really only feel comfortable spending like $500, 6 tops, on that kind of service. Any thoughts?
My current bad ideas:
-Is there any particular reason i can't put it in a cardboard box with a ton of styrofoam and UPS it? The dry weight is only like 160lbs, right? people mail stuff like that... i think.
-should i talk to my honda dealership and see if there's anything they can do since they obviously ship these things from store to store?
-do the airlines ship large packages with passenger flights?
-i dont think i'm quite this stupid, but i was considering a craigslist ad for someone moving in the same timeframe who might have some extra space in their truck. this just seems like an open invitation for me to never see my scooter again, though.
Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: How do you move a Metropolitan across the country?

Postby boiseguy on Tue May 20, 2008 3:17 pm

How are you getting the rest of your stuff across the country?
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Re: How do you move a Metropolitan across the country?

Postby TheNewZero on Tue May 20, 2008 3:23 pm

i really only have some books and clothes that I'm taking with me which i'm just going to mail.
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Re: How do you move a Metropolitan across the country?

Postby tmn72tx on Tue May 20, 2008 3:30 pm

Do you have a car with a trailer hitch, or are you taking a train/plane or something else?

I only ask because for a low price you could stick the scooter on a carrier or in a trailer. Not possible if you are traveling via another method.

There have been a few people to drive their Metropolitan scooters that far! You could make an adventure of it!
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Re: How do you move a Metropolitan across the country?

Postby lildebbie on Tue May 20, 2008 3:42 pm

When I see motorcycles listed on ebay, they sometimes refer to shipping by forward air..I don't know much about the rates though..you might try having it crated and using a freight company.

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Re: How do you move a Metropolitan across the country?

Postby TheNewZero on Tue May 20, 2008 4:03 pm

Yeah, I just found forward air on a scooterwiki. i think they're the ones im going to go with. For their smallest motorcycle box it's $520, EXACTLY in my price range. PLUS, i get to pick it up from JFK and drive back to CT while stopping off in the city for afew days to visit friends which is just about as much excitement as I'm ready for at this point, although a $3,000 mile scooter ride sure is tempting. Thanks for all the replies everybody!
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Re: How do you move a Metropolitan across the country?

Postby shauggy on Tue May 20, 2008 10:26 pm

My first thought was "by staying off the highways!"

You could also try uship.com, people can bid on your shipment. Then they carry it to where you need to go.
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Re: How do you move a Metropolitan across the country?

Postby mopedmonkey on Wed May 21, 2008 1:34 pm

How about ride the Met across instead of shipping it?
A perfect opportunity for a week cross country trip. :D
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Re: How do you move a Metropolitan across the country?

Postby suncitysolar on Wed May 21, 2008 5:11 pm

Rent a UHaul motorcycle trailer and tow it behind your car. Or rent a UHaul truck and put it in the back. You could even tow your car on a tow-behind rig. Real cheap. Do the whole thing for $200, max. If you go with the motorcycle trailer you can get by for $50. :D
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Re: How do you move a Metropolitan across the country?

Postby ModMan46 on Thu May 22, 2008 6:15 pm

Don't forget to buy insurance for your scooter. Insure it for $2000 to cover any damage during freight. I'm not moving or anything but I have a $3000 insurance policy on my 2007 Metro. I think it's worth it to me.

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Re: How do you move a Metropolitan across the country?

Postby ModMan46 on Thu May 22, 2008 6:19 pm

I like the U-Haul method. It's cheap, practical, not expensive.

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Re: How do you move a Metropolitan across the country?

Postby DaBinChe on Sat May 24, 2008 12:10 am

cheaper to sell your met and buy another one when you get to CT then to have it transported or better yet to just ride it cross country...take 20 days to do 3000miles at 150miles a day or do it in two weeks at a little over 200miles a day...it'll be a trip you can tell your grandkids about. You'll only use about 30 gallons worth of gas at $4 a gallon which comes out to $120, don't get much cheaper then that to travel, plus you'll have an adventure of a lifetime.
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Re: How do you move a Metropolitan across the country?

Postby GIJoeBob on Sat May 24, 2008 5:06 am

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Motorcycle Trailer Hitch Carrier With Ramp-$130 shipped
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Re: How do you move a Metropolitan across the country?

Postby Antig on Sat May 24, 2008 5:35 am

How I would do it is take apart the wheels, forks, frame/subframe, engine, swingarm, body panels etc. and just ship them.
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Re: How do you move a Metropolitan across the country?

Postby TheNewZero on Sat May 24, 2008 9:17 pm

You crazy bastards. Here i am, sitting at home, actually seriously contemplating a 3,000 mile scooter ride. If I'm still thinking about it tomorrow I'll start another thread and start taking advice.
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