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Shipping large packages? - November 25, 2012, 11:04 AM

Anyone have experience in shipping something fairly large but light? I'm parting out an old concours and need to ship the main fairing. It's light but looks like it'll require a box about 24"x30"x30" (obviously will try to fit it into as small a box as possible). UPS's estimator has that costing about $160 to ship. I'm hoping to find some way to ship this thing for no more than $50. Anyone know if that's possible or at least a way to do it a lot more cheaply than $160?
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November 25, 2012, 11:20 AM

Try Fedex Ground. They are always cheaper than UPS. I haven't used UPS for about 7 or 8 yrs now. I think having a FedEx account with them gets you a better rate. You can go online and signup for an acct. Print the label, drop off at Kinkos.

I always try and ship USPS flat rate boxes. When that's not an option Fedex ground will always be cheaper than UPS.



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Anyone have experience in shipping something fairly large but light? I'm parting out an old concours and need to ship the main fairing. It's light but looks like it'll require a box about 24"x30"x30" (obviously will try to fit it into as small a box as possible). UPS's estimator has that costing about $160 to ship. I'm hoping to find some way to ship this thing for no more than $50. Anyone know if that's possible or at least a way to do it a lot more cheaply than $160?
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November 25, 2012, 12:53 PM

Thanks!

Looks like USPS and FedEx both beat UPS by a lot. Running bunches of different things through their calculators doesn't show a single clear winner so I'll just have to do it one at a time.
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November 25, 2012, 01:05 PM

That's a good idea. I'm basically being charged for the size of the box, not the weight, so putting in a frame would not cost me anything.
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November 25, 2012, 01:09 PM

Parting out eh? How much for the left side antler/luggage rack. I broke mine last year and keep forgetting to keep an eye out for one.


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November 25, 2012, 01:14 PM

You mean the pieces they're selling here? Kawasaki Concours Rear SaddleBag Mounting Brackets ZG1000 ZGT00A Saddle Bag Bars | eBay
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November 25, 2012, 01:15 PM

yup!


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November 25, 2012, 01:17 PM

You sure you don't want more? How about $15 for the left one?
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November 25, 2012, 01:21 PM

Sold, or I'll could give ya $25.00 for the set and wait till you're down this way to get them if that works for you.

I tried to squeeze between my trailer and my truck one day... Heard a "bump" and turned around and had ripped the left side bag right off. Bag was pretty much ok, mount not so much. Those "Samsonite" cases are tough!


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Sure, I'll hang on to both of 'em for you. Seems weird that the bracket broke. They look heavy duty. The bag are hard core though.
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November 25, 2012, 01:48 PM

Thanks. Just let me know anytime you're headed this general direction and we'll make it happen.


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November 25, 2012, 03:22 PM

Ok, I've got a guy interested in some other stuff, including big pieces like the givi box, and he's down in Clifton Forge so I'll see if he'll meet me halfway to avoid the shipping charges. Seems like you're not too far from halfway to that guy.
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November 25, 2012, 03:28 PM

Nevermind that, turns out he only wants small pieces so I'll just ship 'em to him. We'll see what comes up. You're doing the wicomico race? I'm pretty sure I'll do that.
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