Where in the world can you find cheap bike rentals?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Witold, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. BigShow

    BigShow Scallywag/Adventurer

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    I can vouch for these guys. The motor was emaculatly maintained and the agreement was that they would either send a mech and or arrange shipping back to Phnom Penh if you broke down or had a spill.

    when I rented I paid around $12 a day and if was extra for the insurance depending what you wanted. I had fellow expats to ride with and did not need the insurance. If you do go give me a jingle and I can hook you up with some other sites re riding cambodia...
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  2. jendalepic

    jendalepic n00b

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    I rented a Honda Wave 110 ccm for 55 USD/month in a small rental in the Hanoi Old Town (21.031893,105.847513 ...google maps) this summer. The cheapest bike you could get was even 10 dollars cheaper, but had only a drum brake in the front and we were travelling two up. We did problem-free 2000 km on it (it had 8000 km when we rented it). I have only changed the oil as a precaution and had the chain adjusted after about 1400 km of driving...there were no problems with it, even in the mouintains in deep mud (my girlfriend had to walk sometimes...but never more than few hundreds of meters). All locals drive such bikes, so why can't you? :) The only Minsks I have seen were driven by tourists...
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  3. stef25

    stef25 Been here awhile

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  4. jendalepic

    jendalepic n00b

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    Whatever, I don't want to argue :) I just wanted to say, that there is a different way than renting rather pricey Minsks...:wink:
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  5. Witold

    Witold Been here awhile

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    I do not count a 110cc scooter as a motorcycle.

    What are the better alternatives to a Minsk that are actually motorcycles?
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  6. snay

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    I have rented from a guy in New Delhi. I would recommend him. 350cc Royal Enfield, single cylinder. Didnt have any trouble going all the way to the highest motorable road in the world.


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  7. Witold

    Witold Been here awhile

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    Name, contact info?
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  8. snay

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    Name: Jitender Motors
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  9. asphaltmueller

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    In Delhi there is also Rhajeev Whadwa; Rally Rider and a good guy; unfortunately I don't have his number.
    His shop is the first bike shop on the right side when you enter the bike market in Karol Bag.

    I recommend the Honda Karizma; at 220 cc it's as powerfull as a 350 Enfield and much more reliable.

    In Goa it's absolutely easy to find a rental; just go to a tourist place and talk with the guys on the rates and recommendations; I again advide the Karizma.
    Bajaj Pulsar or TVS Apache are also good bikes, but the riding position is a bit sporty
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  10. Culcune

    Culcune Been here awhile

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    Living in Yuma, Arizona on the US/Mexico border where two US states and two Mexican states meet, I have thought about opening a rental outlet. However, it seems difficult to pull one off without the high costs, and I would end up having to charge $150/day for a Harley or something more adventure oriented (I am assuming people want to ride into Mexico).

    There might be people actually interested in doing a Mexico or all-out South American trip reading this, so what would you want (I guess I can do some market research)?

    One option not mentioned on this thread for anywhere in the world is the rental/purchase option where you buy a bike and the dealer will buy it back from you (or you just sell it off). Two issues I am finding problematic is registration and bikes themselves.

    Arizona is not a state that tourists can buy bikes from and register them easily in their name (however, California is much easier), without having relatives who live here.

    Bikes? The only bikes I could think of that would work as far as costs go would be Qingqi-sourced dirtbikes, such as the US distributed Qlink XP200 or XF200 (another company will soon be selling a 250cc version of the motard here in the US). The advantages--I can get them wholesale priced and they are the same bike underneath as the DR200, and they are found throughout south of the US and have had good things said about them here on ADVrider and Horizons. The disadvantages? I want to get input from people on whether or not they would be interested in this as a reality or theoretically (please give me the whole devil's advocate :lobbyscale).
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  11. Witold

    Witold Been here awhile

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    Any more suggestions on reliable rental places in New Delhi?

    I would love to avoid the unreliable wrong-side-controls Enfields, but if that is the best option, then I want to rent from the most reliable shop.

    Suggestions?
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  12. Voyagner

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    In Cambodia I would suggest a Suzuki Djebel 250 XC, you should be able to get a 250 for $15/day all the way up to $45, if you rent for a local it will be cheaper and you'll be supporting the local economy instead of a sexpat.
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  13. Witold

    Witold Been here awhile

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    I ended up buying and selling back the bike. Most rental places in Delhi are small semi-shady shops with questionable business ethics. The rental price may be cheap, but they all require big deposits (close to the value of the bike). I would not trust leaving any of these people a large amount of money.

    Any other countries? :evil
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  14. Kommando

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    There is a place in Orlando Florida that rents Triumph Modern Classics for $50/day. This is pretty cheap for the US.

    Just google "Orlando Triumph Modern Classics".

    There are also a few places around Los Angeles California that rent motos for less than $100/day.
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  15. Mattivan

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    Another cheap option in South Africa: http://ridemyride.com/index.php/suzuki-dr650.html
    And I also rode this XR250 around Vietnam for 40 per day:
    http://ridemyride.com/index.php/honda-xr250.html

    Basically that is what ridemyride.com does! We are working on getting small cheap reliable rental places online and also eventually private owners who would like to rent out their bikes to other riders within the community. Sort of like airbnb does with apartments...
    So far it's been just us renting out bikes wherever we travel and getting them online for others to enjoy (no cost for owners or riders) but if we can all work on this together I think we could build a really nice portfolio of cheap reliable bike rentals all around the world!

    I'm looking for bikes in Europe now and will be riding up from Argentina in December 2013 getting more rides on-board.

    ridemyride.com check it out and let me know your thoughts please!

    Matt
    matt@ridemyride.com
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  16. jonas_mx

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    In Mexico I know this place that rents almost brand new BMW's but they are quite expensive... f650 for about 120usd a day http://www.bikeadventure.com/index.html
    I heard they may do discounts for longer trips but still I doubt they will go under a 100 bucks a day

    On the other side, a friend of mine rented a bike from Motorenta here in Mexico city, I think it was a Honda Twister 300, and it was fine for a 4 day trip. They also had other bigger bikes, not dual bikes though...

    Still it was quite affordable I think about 40 bucks a day for the twister. They had smaller bikes like Honda Cargo and a few 125 Bajaj's, so they could be cheaper. Most of them were recent models about 09' 10'.

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  17. wheatwhacker

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    If you guys are ever on a multi month trip in Europe, let me sort you out.
    The buying/selling option is working out at around 15 euro/day, plus 100/month for insurance.
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    It's raining here too!:D And my tomatoes have the "Irish Potato Blight" from all the rain. :cry
    Tell us more ,r.e., the MC buy/sell/rent thing?:ear
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  20. charapa

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    I have almost new Honda XR250 Tornados in Peru for only $45/day w/ insurance and $40/day if over 15 days! :clap
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