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Transporting your bike

If you’ve bought a bike elsewhere in the country, or need to relocate one for some other reason, you have some options

If you’ve bought a bike elsewhere in the country, or need to relocate one for some other reason, you have some options.

Remember

Buying online means more riders are buying a bike at the other end of the country and have to get it home. Using a specialist motorcycle transportation company is not only safer than riding it, it can be cheaper as well.

Specialist motorcycle haulage

There are general haulage companies that claim to transport bikes but the best bet is a specialist in motorcycle transportation. Get some quotes to compare.

Trailer

If you can access a vehicle with a tow bar, trailering the bike home is a lot less tiring than riding it, with fewer risks. You’ll need tie-down straps and at least one wheel chock or stand. How you strap the bike down will vary by machine but there are plenty of video examples online.

Ride it

The overriding priority here is getting home safely. Riding long distances on an unfamiliar bike is risky. Factor in our fickle climate and there’s a lot that can potentially go wrong.

On the upside, you’ll be riding through New Zealand! With wonderful scenery and maybe some new places to discover, relax, take your time and enjoy it. Include plenty of rest stops, where you can look over the bike, lube the chain, check the tyres, and inspect for oil or fluid leaks.

If the journey will take more than half a day, try to factor in at least one overnight stop. Long rides are exhausting. Travel at an easy pace, get used to the bike and feel for anything wrong, especially brakes, steering and suspension. If something is amiss, stop and get it transported.

Make sure to take extra layers, including waterproof gear. This is the country that inspired the song Four Seasons in One Day, right?