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  • Alcoholic Posts: 54
    Stock Poster Alcoholic
    13 Aug 2017 05:01 AM
    Any one had experience with traveling interstate by train and hauling your bike across with you?

    What's the best way to do that from Perth to Melbourne the cheapest way and is it best to haul it by train or by truck which way is safest without someone damaging my bike?
  • Kingchops Posts: 4078
    Adelaide, SA
    Forum Legend Kingchops
    13 Aug 2017 08:23 AM
    I've transported a bike interstate by truck a couple of times.  In both cases I used a bike transport service, they generally know the best ways of strapping bikes down to avoid damage.  It also pays to check with them that the bike will be either inside the truck or have a cover on it to protect it from the weather.  Not sure how you'd go about doing it by train but I'd say truck would be easier.
  • paulybronco Posts: 7771
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    13 Aug 2017 08:54 AM
    Posted by Alcoholic on 13 Aug 2017 05:01 AM
    Any one had experience with traveling interstate by train and hauling your bike across with you?

    What's the best way to do that from Perth to Melbourne the cheapest way and is it best to haul it by train or by truck which way is safest without someone damaging my bike?

     Sorry must ask the obvious question......why not ride it?

  • Arron Posts: 108
    WA
    Stock Poster Arron
    13 Aug 2017 05:20 PM
    Haven't had to transport a bike east/west but have traveled to Melbourne (via Adelaide) and back to Perth by train on the Indian Pacific.
    If i had to do in again i would fly.
    The red service is the one i took and while i didn't mind watching the landscape out  the window , it's a long trip and i didn't get a lot of sleep in the reclining seat.
    Managed to get some sleep on the floor on the way back.
    From what i am told the next service up has a room & beds but is cramped (may have changed since i traveled)
    The Adelaide to Melbourne (and back) part of the trip was by bus and from memory the timetables didn't match up that well.
    The main reason i traveled that way was to spend time with my father as he didn't like flying.
  • chriso Posts: 2034
    south canberra
    Motor Head chriso
    13 Aug 2017 08:09 PM
    Posted by paulybronco on 13 Aug 2017 08:24 AM
    Posted by Alcoholic on 13 Aug 2017 05:01 AM
    Any one had experience with traveling interstate by train and hauling your bike across with you?

    What's the best way to do that from Perth to Melbourne the cheapest way and is it best to haul it by train or by truck which way is safest without someone damaging my bike?

     Sorry must ask the obvious question......why not ride it?

     Yep, awesome trip

  • Alcoholic Posts: 54
    Stock Poster Alcoholic
    13 Aug 2017 08:40 PM
    Posted by Kingchops on 13 Aug 2017 06:23 AM
    I've transported a bike interstate by truck a couple of times.  In both cases I used a bike transport service, they generally know the best ways of strapping bikes down to avoid damage.  It also pays to check with them that the bike will be either inside the truck or have a cover on it to protect it from the weather.  Not sure how you'd go about doing it by train but I'd say truck would be easier.

     Thank you everyone for the reply sounds like the truck is the way to go maybe i could hitch a ride on the truck too that would be awesome ...


    I wouldn't mind riding there but it's a lonely trip for a single rider :(

  • chriso Posts: 2034
    south canberra
    Motor Head chriso
    13 Aug 2017 09:48 PM
    Posted by Alcoholic on 13 Aug 2017 08:10 PM
    Posted by Kingchops on 13 Aug 2017 06:23 AM
    I've transported a bike interstate by truck a couple of times.  In both cases I used a bike transport service, they generally know the best ways of strapping bikes down to avoid damage.  It also pays to check with them that the bike will be either inside the truck or have a cover on it to protect it from the weather.  Not sure how you'd go about doing it by train but I'd say truck would be easier.

     Thank you everyone for the reply sounds like the truck is the way to go maybe i could hitch a ride on the truck too that would be awesome ...


    I wouldn't mind riding there but it's a lonely trip for a single rider :(

     Used to be a bit that way when I was younger, now days there's nothing better then just me and the bike out on the road in the middle of bum fuck by ourselves

  • paulybronco Posts: 7771
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    13 Aug 2017 09:55 PM
    Posted by chriso on 13 Aug 2017 09:48 PM
    Posted by Alcoholic on 13 Aug 2017 08:10 PM
    Posted by Kingchops on 13 Aug 2017 06:23 AM
    I've transported a bike interstate by truck a couple of times.  In both cases I used a bike transport service, they generally know the best ways of strapping bikes down to avoid damage.  It also pays to check with them that the bike will be either inside the truck or have a cover on it to protect it from the weather.  Not sure how you'd go about doing it by train but I'd say truck would be easier.

     Thank you everyone for the reply sounds like the truck is the way to go maybe i could hitch a ride on the truck too that would be awesome ...


    I wouldn't mind riding there but it's a lonely trip for a single rider :(

     Used to be a bit that way when I was younger, now days there's nothing better then just me and the bike out on the road in the middle of bum fuck by ourselves

     Agree i do most my riding by myself now days

  • Alcoholic Posts: 54
    Stock Poster Alcoholic
    13 Aug 2017 10:19 PM
    The older i get the more the pussy i became :( i used to go riding all by myself all over Australia when i was a kid on a 250cc ... and even learnt the hard way what rain season is when i went up north during the hot summer :) oh miss the good ol' days when i was a grass hopper.
  • rodders Posts: 5215
    The Place To Be.
    Forum Legend rodders
    13 Aug 2017 10:25 PM
    Nothing wrong with long distance solo riding. Go where you want, stop when you want, travel at whatever speed you want. 
    My bike will only ever be on the back of a truck if its broken down. 

  • Alcoholic Posts: 54
    Stock Poster Alcoholic
    13 Aug 2017 10:53 PM
    Posted by rodders on 13 Aug 2017 08:25 PM
    Nothing wrong with long distance solo riding. Go where you want, stop when you want, travel at whatever speed you want. 
    My bike will only ever be on the back of a truck if its broken down. 

     I am on old age pension very hard to travel with so little all i have left now is my bike lol

  • chriso Posts: 2034
    south canberra
    Motor Head chriso
    14 Aug 2017 06:26 AM
    Posted by Alcoholic on 13 Aug 2017 10:53 PM
    Posted by rodders on 13 Aug 2017 08:25 PM
    Nothing wrong with long distance solo riding. Go where you want, stop when you want, travel at whatever speed you want. 
    My bike will only ever be on the back of a truck if its broken down. 

     I am on old age pension very hard to travel with so little all i have left now is my bike lol

     fair call mate

  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 1556
    Motor Head Krash Kinkade
    14 Aug 2017 06:34 AM
    Posted by Alcoholic on 13 Aug 2017 04:31 AM
    Any one had experience with traveling interstate by train and hauling your bike across with you?

    What's the best way to do that from Perth to Melbourne the cheapest way and is it best to haul it by train or by truck which way is safest without someone damaging my bike?

     m8 best way , is book a ticket on Indian pacific gold kangaroo class book your bike on too, you can get off Ad then ride to Melb or go all way to Syd do ride to Melb easy ride ad to Melb or Syd to Melb. if its a one way trip, if return trip ride your bike.

  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 1556
    Motor Head Krash Kinkade
    14 Aug 2017 06:42 AM
    Posted by Alcoholic on 13 Aug 2017 10:23 PM

     I am on old age pension very hard to travel with so little all i have left now is my bike lol


    sorry just read this, I'm bloody old too but self funded retired. so forget the Indian pacific gold kangaroo go in budget class they should give u a pension discount you sleep in the seat your in need to buy meals or get out buy meals when train has a stop for half to an hour, they will take you bike on train too get off ad ride to Melb 

     

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