The miraculous journey of the flaming canary
Here we go! The dealer has prepared the bike for the shipment. Ensured that the battery terminals are disconnected and not more than 25% of the maximum fuel capacity is inside the gas tank. Otherwise the bike would be tagged as dangerous goods ($$$).
As promised by the transportation company, the bike was picked-up at the dealers location in Mauston, WI on Dec. 1st and loaded into the truck. The transportation company is specialized in transporting motorcycles - using long trailers with two floors. Comparable with a parcel service, the company runs several trucks for picking-up and delivering the bikes. They have two terminals for temporary storage - one in Milwaukee, WI and the other in York, PA. It isn't an accident, that at both locations Harley-Davidson has their production plants.
According to the dispatcher of the transportation company, on Dec. 4th the bike briefly stopped at the terminal in Milwaukee and arrived at Dec. 6th in York. The distance in between is about 800 miles. A 'old-continental'-guy isn't used to such huge distances.
At Dec. 9th the bike finally arrive in Linden, NJ - at the warehouse of the shipping company. Meanwhile the bike travelled already more than 1000 miles - just a few thousands left...
It's definitely a strange feeling, if your property travels through a country at the other side of the Atlantic ocean. If something goes wrong, you won't be able to fix it by yourself. You have to trust in your business partners - not met them before, not knowing them in person, never did any business with them before. Luckily I did the right choices so far.
The bike is now ready to be put into a container and having a nice cruise. Hopefully the container will always stay on board and not start to swim aside!