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Bike rentals?

I just got handed a project at work that will involve me travelling to Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and San Diego several times each throughout the spring and summer. So I'm thinking that I'd like to use this opportunity to do some riding in some other parts of the country. While I can ride down to ATL in about 12 to 14 hours (depending on brakes) so I may just ride down instead of flying if I want to ride I'd probably be better off renting in SD, Dallas or Chicago.

All that is to ask this... have any of you ever rented a bike for a day or weekend and are there any tips or cautions that you might be able to pass along?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-17-2009, 09:36 AM
 
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call ahead and find prices.... some places will let you rent from them but they have a small selection of bikes... usually sportsters and dynas.... mainly harleys.... not sure why.... anyway when these road trips come up you better take some pictures for us!!!


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Be very careful renting a bike, you have your life to consider, personally i would pass on that, take yours wherever you can and drive a car elsewhere, also big cities are not used to lost or wandering motorcyclist on a new motorcycle.
Every bike has a learning curve with the rider.
Think it over ronnie.
Ride safe if you do.
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Contact your insurance and see if it covers you on rentals on a bike.
If so you do not need to get the extra coverage, if not I would get it.
I have flown adn rented a bike twice, once in Reno and once in San Fran.
Great rides and you get a good chance to find out how other bikes are.

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Hi Ron,

I haven't rented a bike out here, but I know there is at least one Harley place and another sport bike place. My neighbor rents from the Harley place at least once a year. Let me know when you are comming here and I would be happy to meet up and show you the local spots to ride.

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I can look for a few links for you in the Dallas area.

Just a word of caution, traffic here can be pretty crowded at times. About 6 million people in the DFW area.

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Here are a couple of places. I've heard Eagle Riders advertise on the radio before.

If you're just going to be in the Dallas area, don't expect much but flat, straight and crowded roads.



http://www.sportryderrentals.com/

http://www.eagleriderdallas.com/

http://www.rental-motorcycle.com/nam...as_rental.html

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I have rented from Harley dealers in the past and had a great experience. You can go to the Harley website and use the dealer locator link for the area you are looking for. Dealers with this symbol do rentals. Go with the insurance, I think it's less than $25 for the day...My cycle insurance DOES NOT cover rented bikes. Harley provides you with enough luggage to hold the provided rain gear and a helmet, if you choose. I like to bring my own gear.
Woodstock Harley does rentals near Chicago, but is about an hour drive NW of the city.

I tried contacting a couple other rental places, but the phone service to setup the rental ahead of time, just was not making me feel confident that things would work out right when I arrived....good luck!

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Be very careful renting a bike, you have your life to consider, personally i would pass on that, take yours wherever you can and drive a car elsewhere, also big cities are not used to lost or wandering motorcyclist on a new motorcycle.
Every bike has a learning curve with the rider.
Think it over ronnie.
Ride safe if you do.
There is some validity in this thinking. If you have very little riding experiance and all of what you do have is on your Vulcan, I would caution against renting anything that is much larger. And by "much" I am saying a Vulcan 900 or even a Sportster would likely be fine, but if you have never ridden a large dressed bike like a GW, or a 1200-1400 class bike, this would not be the time to learn their particulars.

On this note, don't forget to check out BMW dealers. Price wise you are going to spend alot less renting a Honda than Harley , and even a BMW...as HD's are costly hunks of metal.

For the most part, rent the smallest bike you think you would need. Spend some time with it in a parking lot getting used to it's brakes, and throttle response.
Not to counter my agreement with Mastertech here...but rental bikes tend to be better taken care of than alot of bikes on the road , mostly do to the rental companies liabiltiy if something goes wrong...but is always a good idea to check over anybike you plan on riding, and if you feel uncomfortable with it for some reason ...walk away.

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