Shipping a Motorcycle: Getting a 1972 Triumph to San Diego

Sometimes you just need to step up and help a friend out.

Sending the Triumph down south to warmer weather and much needed TLC.

Sending the Triumph down south to warmer weather and much needed TLC.

My friend D (who got me into riding motorcycles) crashed his Multistrada in a freak vulture accident on our way to Death Valley last year. While he owns two other motorcycles (I know lucky guy) only one of them is in California, the other is with him at his home in NYC. This made riding with him difficult this year since the only motorcycle he has here was a not quite running 1972 Triumph. Post accident there was much wondering what to replace the Multistrada with, and this went on for quite a while. Eventually an answer presented itself when another friend Fred was talking about getting rid of his Ducati ST2 that D had previously owned. They came to the conclusion that they should just trade motorcycles, and that is where I came in.

As I said, D lives in NYC and while he makes it out here fairly often, he doesn’t have that much time to organize the shipping of a motorcycle. After a while of seeing nothing happen I told him I would take care of it. Initially he begged off, not wanting to put me to any trouble. However, eventually he relented since he realized that he realistically wasn’t going to get it done before our planned ride to Laguna Seca to see the World Superbike Races.

I of course really had no idea of how to ship a motorcycle, buy the internet is a great thing and eventually I ended up on Uship. I filled out the form and soon enough I found someone willing to take the bike to San Diego for me.

The rest ended up being relatively easy. I spoke with the shipper who was very friendly and agreed on a time to pick up the bike. I then spoke to JB and got the bike moved from it’s very out of the way location to a much more central location for pick up.  The bike was picked up and then just a few days ago delivered to it’s new home in sunny San Diego.

Now I’m just waiting for the Ducati to make it’s way up here. It’s been forever since I’ve gotten to ride it. In fact its the first street bike I ever rode. Too bad the parking lot I rode it in is gone.


About MotoCynic

I started riding motorcycles in 2006, and there is no going back. I've ridden more than 100,000 miles, most of it on a Ducati Monster, and despite setbacks and murderous BMW's I'm loving every mile.
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