Renting a motorcycle can be a great way to ride without buying a bike, or ride different kinds of motorcycles if you are looking to purchase one, and even the opportunity to take a vacation from your everyday rider. Some rental companies also offer you the opportunity to get your “m” license without having to purchase a motorcycle or borrow one from a friend.
With prices on the rise and credit hard to obtain, renting a motorcycle can be a great way to spend a day or a weekend cruising with your friends. If you’re looking to rent a sport bike, you may be out of luck, but there is a wide range of Harley, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki or Yamaha cruisers that can offer you that riding experience with nearly as much speed and power.
Perhaps you are looking to purchase a motorcycle and can’t decide which one is right for you. Renting a motorcycle is the perfect opportunity to “test ride” before you buy. With the extensive insurance requirements for dealers to offer demo rides, renting for a day or a few hours, can give you the opportunity to see if that Honda Shadow is the bike you are ready to invest in. You will save yourself a lot of money if you find out that 750cc bike does not offer the power you want and the 1300cc bike is perfect for you.
Considering a vacation? You’re everyday motorcycle is great for taking you to work and riding around town, but for a long weekend with luggage, your bike just doesn’t cut it. Renting a Goldwing or a Harley will give you some room for comfort, luggage and sometimes even a pretty cool stereo system.
A few things you should know before renting a motorcycle are the requirements. An “m” license is usually a requirement for the rental of a motorcycle, as the rental company wants to be sure you know how to properly operate the vehicle. You are also required to put a deposit on a credit card in the event of damage, which will be returned to you when you return the motorcycle. Most rental companies offer insurance, for a nominal fee, and is a purchase you should seriously consider even if your own insurance company tells you that you are covered. If you don’t purchase the insurance through the rental company, and you have a mishap, quite often the rental company will require you to pay for any damage and it will be your responsibility to get reimbursed from your insurance company.
Renting a motorcycle is actually very easy. You can go on-line to find out where rental locations are in your area and can reserve a bike over the Internet. You can also visit a rental location and reserve a bike that way. Keep in mind that the better rental companies will also have helmets available, GPS equipment and maps showing local attractions.
So, the next time you want to ride, but don’t own a bike, don’t have the right size bike, or just want to get away with a different bike, consider renting a motorcycle, you may surprise yourself with how simple and fun it can be.