If you plan on making a round-trip loop, you won’t have any problems. But if you want to rent a motorcycle for a one-way trip, you could have a hard time finding someone to rent to you. Many rental agencies are small and don’t have nationwide facilities for you to return the bike.
There are, however, some franchise locations that will allow one-way rentals. Before you get too deep into checking prices and details, make sure that there is a franchise location near your destination. Also remember that a one-way surcharge usually applies.
How many days and miles do you plan to ride? Before you book your bike, plan your route. Online maps or GPS will help you quickly calculate a route and figure out your mileage. Remember, however, that highway miles aren’t nearly as fun as riding off the beaten path.
Also, you will want to add some extra miles to scoot around town, stop off for breaks, and see our great country. While most motorcycles rental companies offer ample miles, some may restrict you can add a surcharge on for additional miles. Check with the company and make sure you will be covered or chance a hefty bill.
No matter where you rent, you will have to have a motorcycle license. No one will let you ride without one. In addition, most companies won’t rent to you unless you are 21 years of age or older.
Remember that everyone who rides the bike must have a motorcycle license and must be on the rental agreement. Don’t let your buddy ride your bike – because if he accidentally crashes, he won’t be the only one in a world of hurt!
Be aware of the level of insurance that covers you when you rent a motorcycle. Basic liability insurance is required no matter where you ride. You will have the opportunity to add additional coverage for damage to the motorcycle and possibly other options.
Be sure to ask what level of insurance comes with your rental and the charges for any supplemental insurance options. These policies can add up, but they can also save you thousands in the event the bike is damaged. We all know that motorcycle crashes happen, and it’s best to be fully covered.
If you’re making a cross-country or extended trip, you probably want to opt for a touring bike. Not only will it give you added space for your gear, it will also be more comfortable. You will likely find that you are able to put in more miles with less aches and pains at the end of the day on a touring bike.
Be sure to check with your rental company in advance to see what motorcycles they offer, compare rates, and consider features, so that you’ll have the best bike when you get there.
Read your rental contract carefully. Little things like whether or not you need to leave the bike with a full tank of gas (you usually do) can result in big fees if you ignore them. It’s important to know where you can ride, if there are any restrictions, and what is covered.
You should also know who to contact if you have problems with your rental. Make sure you know all these things before you leave the shop. You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the night wondering who to call for help when something happens with your bike.
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Before you head out on your bike trip for your rental bike, ride it a bit around town. It is good to get a feel for the bike, but it’s also important to uncover and potential problems. Rental motorcycles, like all rental vehicles, have a tendency to be ridden hard, and problems sometimes arise. If the brakes are faulty or it is leaking oil, it is better to find out while you are still in town and can make a quick switch with another bike.
Finally, be sure you have your rental contract, any supplemental insurance information, and then name and number of a contact in case you have a problem. Keep this information with you for the duration of the rental. Chances are you will never need to refer to it again, but if you need it, you want to have it on hand.
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If you are involved in a crash with your rental motorcycle, take a moment to call and speak to an experienced motorcycle crash attorney at 1-800-MOTORCYCLE. The lawyers at Kass & Moses will work with you no matter where you are in the country, and they will help you get the compensation you deserve.
Remember that insurance companies are only out for their own bottom line- and when they make you an offer, it’s going to be far less than you deserve. Get a motorcycle lawyer on your side- call Kass & Moses today.