"How does one ship a motorcyle?" you ask. Or perhaps, "Why would one ship a motorcycle?" Well, Uncle J lives quite a ways from where we live - it would be a long trip! So there's the price of gas, plus the price of hotels along the way. It's actually cheaper to ship the bike. So, back to that first question...
First step - call a company that specializes in shipping motorcycles and wait for the big truck to get here. (In the meantime, clean bike and wonder how you are going to ship the rest of the stuff - helmets, jacket, gloves, etc.) Jump for joy on the day said big truck arrives, and walk down to the corner with the kids to watch the entire process.
Next: step - Even though you know it won't work, try as hard as you can to keep your 6 1/2 year old out from underfoot so the driver of said big truck can do his job. Say a quick prayer of thanksgiving when you find out that he, too, has a child about this age so he gets it - and lets your 6 1/2 year old help lower the lift on the big truck.
And then - After signing some papers, watch driver load motorcycle into trailer (that can hold up to 55 motorcycles!).
Finally - Watch as driver closes up trailer and drives away.