Renting a motorcycle, anyone ever do it?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by vivid dadas, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. vivid dadas

    vivid dadas Been here awhile

    Dec 5, 2009
    I'm off to Phoenix in November, thinking about renting a motorcycle for a day ride. Any thoughts? I ride a V-Strom and a DR.
  2. Buckeye56

    Buckeye56 Batoutahelius

    Jul 26, 2010
    Yep, I rented a Narley dresser a few years ago when in Vegas. Couldn't have cared less about the casinos so I rode through Death Valley after the 100 year rains and did Needles to Kingman on old US66. Make sure your insurance covers you, if not buy theirs just in case. The Harley's had unlimited mileage, the other brands only gave you 100 miles per day, after that you paid by the mile. I rode 700 or so miles in two days so it was a better deal. That was in 2005 so the price points may be completely different today
  3. LazyRider

    LazyRider Adventurer

    Feb 11, 2010
    What a coincidence.

    I may be looking to rent a motorcycle or scooter in Flagstaff or somewhere near there this fall. I'm going to visit a friend and she is going to be working a lot while I'm there. Also, living in MN, I can't wait to take a bike on the mountain roads in Northern AZ. I've found a place that rents big harleys but I'm not sure I'm strong enough to get them off the side stand. I ride a rebel 150 right now. I see they rent vespas also so I may go that route.
  4. donutrider

    donutrider Been here awhile

    Jul 20, 2011
    The heat sink...Central Oklahoma
    I'm on a rented BMW right now in Oregon. I rented it in San Francisco.

    I'm almost to the conclusion that it's better to fly in and rent a bike and tour the area as opposed to trying to ride all over the country to get to your destination. :huh:huh There's bike rentals in every major metroplex.. and they're all over arizona.. Good luck!
  5. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

    Nov 14, 2006
    Centennial,Co./ Grand Lake,Co
    I have rented in Portugal. Gotten some "demo" rides from BMW and Harley that they were cool with me out for an hour or a little more. Even had the sales guy @ BMW take me on a almost 3 hr tour. His boss said. "its slow around here, why dont you show him around". :clap
    Makes me want to buy a Beemer. Next purchase, that will be a big consideration.
  6. patmo

    patmo Long timer

    Dec 2, 2010
    Northern Kentucky
    I rented a HD in Florida once, and a BMW in Vegas once, as well. Put 300 miles on each over the course of a day. If I get the chance, I will do it again. Would probably go with the HD over the BMW, only because I regularly ride either a sport tourer or KLR and the HD is something totally different. I rented a roadglide I believe ( I can't keep them all straight ), it had a small front faring and hard bags. Rode good and was comfortable, I liked it. Having spent some time driving around the Phoenix area last Feb. I think it would work well for riding around that area as well. I rented through Eagle Rider....very easy and can find some real good deals on their website. If you have the chance, I recommend heading north from Phoenix, go up 87 toward Payson and then up to Sedona.....beautiful mountain roads and scenery! I came away very impressed with the area, would like to return some day.
  7. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

    Jul 19, 2006
    The Bluegrass
    Yes, 3 times.
    The first was a Triumph Thunderbird from Cruise America in Oakland, Ca. in 1997. I had for a week and about 1100 miles. I went north as far as Muir Woods across the Golden Gate bridge and south as far as Big Sur.In the week I spent 3 days at Laguna Seca.
    Second time I rented a Road King from Eagle Rider in Las Vegas. I was there for the Ducati Revs America rally and was the only one present on a Harley.Before the rally , my wife and I took a lap through Death Valley and after , down thgrough Needles,Ca, and Oatman , Az.
    The last time , I flew to Costa rica and rented a XT 600 Yamaha from Wild Rider. I was only there 5 days but, that was a great trip.
    Renting has worked for me . It's kind of expensive but, the pain of expense fades with time and the memories of the good times are what's left.
    The good part is that you show up ready to ride, the bike is ready and you go. That's the way to get the best from the time you have.
  8. jrsndman

    jrsndman Adventurer

    Oct 13, 2008
    Philly/Abington, PA
    I'm actually headed into SF tomorrow with Saturday off in Oakland. Thinking about rent a bike for the day. Where did you rent from? Would you recommend them?
  9. Steveize

    Steveize Been here awhile

    Jul 4, 2007
    919 NC
  10. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

    Feb 11, 2010
    Darnestown, MD
    Personally I enjoy flying someplace interesting, renting an apropriate bike for the terrain, and exploring. Last year I did this in Peru, and this year Costa Rica. It is a fantastic way to explore some pretty exotic places on a limited time/dollar budget.

    See the two Ride Reports below:

    Sacred Valley of the Incas

    Costa Rica Solo

    And then GO FOR IT!

    Best to All,
  11. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

    Oct 18, 2007
    central USA
    Most Harley dealers rent. good deal as long as you keep your corner speeds down, they drag early.

  12. SilentJohn

    SilentJohn Adventurer

    Feb 5, 2010
    Ditto, I rented a Harley for a day in college and was sure to note the drag marks on the floor boards before I left.

    Almost as amusing was riding up to the dealership on a 50cc honda ruckus and being questioned about riding experience as I was about to take of on a heritage soft tail. (before anyone worries, I had owned big bikes before this ride, but they talked me up to the heritage soft tail over a smaller sportster even though the price was the same.)