Bike rental in Innsbruck or Interlaken?

Discussion in 'Europe' started by bluegroove, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. bluegroove

    bluegroove Motorcycle junkie

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    Hey I'm planning a trip to Europe in Sept. I'd like to rent a motorcycle and riding gear for 1 day in Innsbruck or Interlaken.

    Anyone done this? can you suggest an honest rental company? thanks!
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  2. Evilstare

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    Hi! Some guys who wrote a RR rented some BMW from Moto Center in Thun (close to Interlaken) and were full of praise. Look at some of the RR in the Alps. It's a good place, very professional and it has a good rep. PM me for further Info and let me know when you're in the vincinity, we could meet for drinks and I'll suggest some scenic roads.
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  3. fluff34567

    fluff34567 Long timer

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    There is an adv rider member in interlaken that rents bikes...

    www.orange-adventures.ch
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  4. bluegroove

    bluegroove Motorcycle junkie

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    Both great tips, thanks! Anyone else?
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  5. MichaelJ

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    Thun has a good rep - I was surprised to see that they had a cafe on premises when I rode through there a few years ago. Nice shop, and they're only about a half hour from Interlaken.

    There's also Moto Mader in Oberentfelden (about 50kms west of Zurich) - they're a bit further out, but I've rented from them a couple times with good results.

    Definitely head into the Lautenbrunnen valley for a quick visit - spectacular scenery. Grindlewald is pretty too, if a wee bit touristy.

    If you want some high pass action, do a loop out of Interlaken - Grimsel Pass, Furka Pass, through Andermatt to the Susten Pass and back to Interlaken. It's about 3 hours saddle time plus whatever stops for pics or lunch that you want to make.

    Susten Pass road:

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    This route will also bring you past two glaciers - the Rhone on the Furka that is the source of the Rhone river and the Stein on the Susten. Both of which are receding quickly. You can actually go inside the Rhone - they carve out an ice cave every year.
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  6. fluff34567

    fluff34567 Long timer

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    and watch the speed, swiss cops are humourless at the best of times and they wait for speeders on the passes.

    bloke from the UK had an on the spot fine of £800 and instant driving ban from switzerland..
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  7. bluegroove

    bluegroove Motorcycle junkie

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    I swapped email with Marc at orange adventures. Anybody rented from him before?

    The moto Thun BMW shop has sent back several auto-reply emails in German (which I can't read) but noone has answered in English.... :cry

    I'm not likely to learn German between now and my trip in Sept!!!:rofl
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  8. bluegroove

    bluegroove Motorcycle junkie

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    I bet there will be lots of sweet roads up there! Anyone else have tips on rental? Looks like Interlaken is where I'm going to be riding from.
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  9. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    we are headed back in September. Flying into Zurich & renting from Moto Mader. We have rented there a bunch of times in the past, always with very good results. Pretty easy to get a train to Aarau and off to Moto Mader.


    I met one of the owners from Moto Center Thun last year. Seemed a very nice chap.
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  10. fluff34567

    fluff34567 Long timer

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    I know marc and he is also very well known on the UK KTM forum.. He is a good honest guy and highly thought of in the swiss ktm community, i would have absolutely no concerns renting a bike from him at all.
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  11. bluegroove

    bluegroove Motorcycle junkie

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    great! good to hear, thanks
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