How to Start a Motorcycle Transport Business
Want to start a motorcycle transport business?
This article is going to show you how to set up your operations, ensure you have a steady flow of customers, and keep those customers happy by delivering their bikes on-time and in perfect condition!
Why Motorcycle Transport
So, why set up a motorcycle transport business?
Well, removal services are always in demand. This is a service people will always need, and one that isn’t particularly well catered for – especially in areas outside of London.
That said, this is still a very competitive business. So, the question is: why not look for something a little more niche, such as a motorcycle transport business? Remember that this isn’t only going to be useful for individual customers – but also for garages and stores that need to deliver their motorcycles to buyers. There is a steady flow of work here.
The other big perk of this job of course is that often, you’ll be able to handle the job yourself by simply riding the bike to the destination (as long as you have the necessary insurance). If you have a love of bikes, then there is probably no greater job in the world than driving them around the country and getting paid for it!
The next question: what do you need in order to get started?
As mentioned, you might sometimes be able to ride the bikes if you wish. But for the most part, you are going to be transporting them with another vehicle. That means basically driving the motorcycle into a trailer, a van, or a truck: just so long as it is large enough to fit your vehicle.
From there, you will then need to secure the motorcycle in place to prevent it from falling over or – worse – falling out.
To do this, you will need to use ratchet tie downs. Of course, you’re going to want lots of these to ensure that your vehicle stays in place and is properly secure. Do not use bungee ropes as these often will be too slack and that will create the risk that the motorcycle tips over or rolls away. A ramp is also necessary for getting the vehicle up and into trailer or truck.
You should ideally invest in as many different modes of transport as possible, and that way you will be able to offer lots of options to the customer. Consider too that they might have multiple differently sized vehicles: a touring bike will require a lot more space than a little moped!
It’s also worth considering whether you indeed to grow your business to the point where you are taking on multiple jobs at the same time. If you plan on having lots of drivers and removalists, then you’ll also need lots of vehicles and supplies.
Think too about insurance.
Marketing and Business
Simply being able to provide the service does not make you a business though. Rather, your success or your failure is going to come down to your ability to market yourself and to manage your business.
Marketing will largely come down to building a website and then performing SEO and paying for advertising to send people to that site. You can also look at placing adverts in other ways – in local papers for instance, or on sites like GumTree. It’s also worth calling up motorcycle sellers in order to see if they need someone to fulfil their motorcycle delivery.
Things may start slow, so build your business gradually over time. Eventually, word of mouth and repeat business will help you to grow your company.