Steps to Start Motorcycle Towing Company

Looking for a good business? If your area has a high concentration of motorcycle owners, then a motorcycle towing business might be ideal for you. This is because motorcycles are bound to get into an accident or mishap one time or another, and this would necessitate the use of motorcycle towing services like yours.

A motorcycle towing business is quite an important service needed by motorists anywhere.

That is because people cannot predict when and where their vehicles will suddenly quit on them, and stop running. In this case, they need someone to bring their motorcycles to the nearest shop and have it fixed. In this case, it is a motorcycle business that will do that job for them. As a businessman, that is where you earn your dough.

It is quite easy to start a motorcycle business. All you have to do is have the necessary equipment and other requirements, and you’re all set.

Find Office Space

The first thing you need is office space. Without your office, you wouldn’t be able to establish your presence to your neighborhood. You also need your office to be able to transact formally with your clients and keep the necessary records.

On the alternative, even if your business is home-based, you still need a workshop if you are planning on fixing motorcycles after towing them. You also need space in order to park your towing vehicles and keep them safe.

Prepare the Equipment

Of course, in order to be able to tow motorcycles and get them out of a tight spot, you would need some of the basic towing equipment. Here are some of them:

  • Motorcycle loader
    This type of towing equipment is designed for the safe loading of a motorcycle onto the flatbed. Most motorcycle loaders are made with locking mechanisms which provides secure support for the motorcycle being towed. This equipment can cost at least US$300.
  • Handlebar straps
    This is designed to support the motorcycle’s handlebars and keep them secured unto the flatbed and keep them from rotating during transit. Handlebar straps cost at least $8 for every pair sold.
  • Motorcycle Wheel Chock
    As its name suggests, the chock stops the wheels from moving while the bike is being transported. This is ideal and comes in handy when the owner wants the bike transported in an upright position. Each wheel chock generally costs at least US$50 each.
  • Towing truck
    This is the most important equipment of all. Without a towing truck, you won’t be able to tow and transport motorcycles. Prices vary for each truck, and would depend on model and gross weight.

Avail of Business Insurance

Last but not the least is insurance. Claims are quite inevitable, especially if you inadvertently damage – even slightly – your customer’s motorcycles, you can face a lawsuit for compensation. Insurance will make sure you don’t pay for it out of your own pocket. This is good if you want to protect yourself from losses.


  • Brandon Johnson said on September 21, 2009
    Do you have to have an actual towing truck in order to tow motorcycles, or can you just use just a tilt cycle trailer attached to a work truck.
  • CRASH MONKEY said on February 6, 2010
    I live in Sacramento Ca. and i would like to know if a Trailer and a P/U Truck would work. I think it would but i was told that some bikes go down in some really odd and strange places would (or) cause some issues in retrieving the Bike(s). By the Way Great Article and Thanks for all of Your Help. May You have a Great and Blessed Day. CRASH MONKEY
  • SKULL&TOW said on February 24, 2010
    I started towing bikes in the summer helping my bike buddies and then did side jobs for others I have a trailer with a fold down ramp. I had my personal ins cover cargo but then had to drop that and go through a commercial ins co. Since i was doing towing for private owners i got a consent towing permit($350) and license($100). I had to get $300k liability ins and enough to cover damage for cargo and submit that with tow rates. these are written for tow trucks towing cars. Anyway, I thought i could make money but i had no towing business all winter and now my next quarter ins payment is up and its as much as what my trailer and equipment cost. I do custom tank art and bike painting.
  • Raoul Rosario said on March 3, 2010
    I want to start a motorcycle towing company in Orlando, Fl US
  • Big John said on July 9, 2010
    I started a towing business to tow motorcycles a year ago using a special trailer. This year I got a job as a tow truck driver. I keep busy constantly with vehicles more than when I was towing motorcycles. I should of just started a tow company for cars from the start with the option for motorcycles. Its easier to tow wrecked bikes too. There is definitely more money towing cars. I plan to have my own tow truck and start it again soon.
  • RolGal said on August 2, 2010
    I would like to buy or build a motorcycle towing company in Arizona
  • Mark Smith said on September 27, 2010
    I am looking to start a motorcycle specific towing service and a shop for basic maintenance (tire changes, oil changes, basic repairs, etc.). I am located in Gaston County North Carolina. I need to know the local and state regulations for this venture.
  • joe said on September 30, 2010
    i can help i have motorcycle towing biz in la
  • oz said on October 4, 2010
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  • rick said on January 10, 2011
    When in the D/FW area of Texas, call Ride Safe and Secure Motorcycle Towing-817-319-2222. Our trucks are equipped with electric platform lifts made for motorcycle towing.The platform goes out flat on ground,this make it easier to load the bikes.We are TDLR Licensed and insured.We are the preferred tow company for over 30 local bike shops.We are 24/7.Our drivers are uniformed and well trained.Call us if you need a tow,remember to always-Ride Safe.
  • Vic said on September 14, 2012
    The best way to start a motorcycle towing business is from an experienced motorcycle towing operator. If you would like to start a motorcycle towing business look us up at EZ Bike Tow on the web or youtube.
  • Jacobus Germishuizen said on June 6, 2013
    I am living in South Africa Gauteng Springs. I would like to start a bike towing service in my area but i need more information on what is required and how much it will cost me to start a business in this field
  • Sean said on June 15, 2013
    I am thinking of starting a motorcycle towing company but i'm not sure how to get paid if i'm picking up a bike with tow insurance. Any ideas?
  • alton thomas said on February 22, 2016
    Hey I'm in Monroe LA thinking about starting my own motorcycle transporting .Looking for some help. 3185829932.
  • Chunky bros said on January 7, 2020
    What's up man. Thinking about starting a motorcycle towing business. What are the requirements for starting one? Like what licenses do I need, what permits exactly? I will have a long bed truck with a lift on it? Would I need a commercial license for that or am I okay with a regular license? Also, will I need a class m license for the motorcycles?


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