Top 5 Motorcycles to Rent in Scottsdale, Arizona

Mar 25, 2022


Indian Motorcycle ridden near Scottsdale, Arizona.

Scottsdale, Arizona is famous for its tranquility and the abundance of natural beauty. Scottsdale’s gorgeous desert landscape is brimming with beautiful views at every turn. From the rolling foothills of the McDowell Mountains to the sandy Sonoran Desert floor, the scenery is ever-changing and awe-inspiring. Any visitor with a virtual map and a motorcycle is guaranteed to come back with a camera full of photos.

Whether you’re planning a full-on vacation or want an excuse to venture outside Phoenix, you can find countless reasons to enjoy life just beyond the bounds of Scottsdale. No matter what you choose to do around town, you’re guaranteed a fun-filled trip. If you want to get the most out of your visit, check out Riders Share for motorcycle rental options in Arizona. There are some fantastic stretches of road that make for legendary rides, all you need is the right bike for the job. Need more trip ideas? Read the Best Phoenix, Arizona Motorcycle Trip Ideas article.

1. Scottsdale - McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a unique slice of the untainted desert. The preserve is home to a diverse array of desert flora and fauna, sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, and hundreds of miles of multi-use trails for mountain bikers, hikers, trail-runners, and horseback riders. The McDowell Mountains rise above the city of Scottsdale, with 4,000-foot peaks nestled on 27,800 acres of protected land. 

The preserve protects one of the most substantial remnants of the Sonoran Desert’s ecosystem. Located just across Scottsdale Road, the preserve is easily accessible and a stones’ throw away from Scottsdale’s vibrant city center. Flanked by McDowell Mountain Regional Park and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Preserve, it makes up a significant portion of one of the longest continuous mountain ranges in the world! (There are only four other such regions worldwide: the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, and the Rockies.) 

A popular trailhead in this region is Tom's Thumb, which you can reach by riding onto Scottsdale Road or Pima Road and then turning East onto Happy Valley Road. After this, turn right onto Ranch Gate and proceed to the end of Ranch Gate. Finally, turn right onto 128 Street and you’ll arrive at the trailhead in less than a mile.

Make the drive out of Scottsdale and into the desert on a BMW rental. The BMW R 1200 RT is one of the most popular touring bikes in the United States, and for good reason. This motorcycle is fast, balanced, and incredibly comfortable for those long days in the saddle. BMW built this model so that you can do almost everything you could want on a trip like this.

2. Scottsdale - Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona: where the city’s past, present, and future meet. As the oldest portion of the oldest city in Arizona, Old Town Scottsdale has a lot to offer. The Scottsdale downtown area has been one of the Valley’s most popular destinations for more than 30 years. The area’s nationally-acclaimed shopping, dining, and nightlife options continue to attract visitors from Arizona and across the nation. The neighborhood is also rich in history and culture, including all the shops, restaurants, and bars run out of historic buildings. Check out the award-winning gastropub Citizen Public House and enjoy modern comfort food, cuisine, and craft beverages. Or head out to Wonderspace Arizona and check out its interactive exhibits.

Cruise around Old Town Scottsdale on a Harley-Davidson. The Harley-Davidson FXSB103 Breakout features custom electric-green paint with ghost flames, a sissy bar, and comfortable seating for a passenger. It also comes with  LED lighting for riding after dark. All in all, this Harley makes for a truly fun ride. Learn how to rent a Harley in the How to Rent a Harley-Davidson Cruiser Motorcycle article.

3. Scottsdale - The Apache Trail

For those unfamiliar with the Apache Trail, this 120-mile long hiking trail will be a delightful and exhilarating surprise! Named after the Native American Indians who used this trail to migrate through the Superstition Mountains for over 1,000 years, the Apache Trail is located in the Superstition Wilderness, an area with huge boulders, mesas, and gold mines like the infamous Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine. This one-of-a-kind trail offers rugged terrain with numerous hiking opportunities, including Goldfield Ghost Town, Lost Dutchman State Park, and the town of Apache Junction, which contains a wide variety of restaurants. The trailhead is located just outside of Goldfield Ghost Town and can be accessed by several entrances, including Deer Valley Road and SR-88. A few miles south of these two access points is the scenic Superstition Mountains, home to numerous legends and gold mines. The route begins and ends in Apache Junction and circles around and through the Superstition Mountains. Without a doubt, you’ll witness some of the best views Arizona has to offer.

The Harley-Davidson FXDF Dyna Fat Bob is a perfect fit for this trip. It’s great for long distances and comfortable to boot. Expect a perfect blend of performance and design!

4. Scottsdale - Pinnacle Peak Park

This gem of a mountain peak is located in North Scottsdale and is guaranteed to get your heart pumping. Pinnacle Peak Park is a 150-acre regional park owned and operated by the City of Scottsdale. The Pinnacle Peak hike is an insular island of mountain goodness tucked away on the northern edge of Scottsdale. The star of this hiking show is Pinnacle Peak itself, which will immediately dominate your view when you pull up and park your bike. Although this peak isn’t particularly tall when compared to the other peaks in the region, it owes its winning charm to some neat boulders and a  unique rocky spire. Even better, the views from Pinnacle Peak are spectacular and worth more than a few pictures. The park itself provides a natural oasis on the periphery of Scottsdale. Getting there is easy. Simply ride along AZ-101 Loop North, exiting at North Pima Road toward East Pinnacle Peak Parkway. You’ll find ample parking at the park, and you can easily find trail maps at the front gate.

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle rental is always a strong choice for Scottsdale roads. In particular, the FXSB103 Breakout is easy to ride with great power. It has a quick detach passenger backrest and seat so you can ride through the Arizonan greenery alone or with a friend.

5. Scottsdale - South Mountain Park

South Mountain Park, one of Phoenix’s largest and oldest protected areas, is an Arizonan treasure. South Mountain Park is a 16,000-acre preserve, making it one of the largest municipally-managed parks in the country. Although this park covers such a large swath of land, you’ll want to take advantage of a few select choices when visiting. There are three mountain ranges—the Ma Ha Tauk, Gila, and Guadalupe Mountains—in the area. All of these mountain ranges have a wide variety of trails that you can wander through on foot or horseback. These trails are also extremely popular among bicyclists. Additionally, Dobbins Lookout provides an unobstructed panoramic view of the Valley from 2,320 feet above sea level. In total, the park contains more than 50 miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding, 28 miles of jeep trails (open to hikers), and 10 marked archaeological sites. Summit Road circles the South Mountain Park area and provides a dramatic view from the highest point in the park. 

When you’re traveling somewhere new, you want to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. This means having one motorcycle that can handle different types of terrain and conditions you’re likely to encounter. A Ducati is the ideal choice for this excursion. That’s where a Multistrada 1200 S comes in handy. It’s a four-in-one street bike that gives you the benefits of enduro, urban, sport, and touring models.

Scottsdale, Arizona is a city of adventure. It’s a singular destination that leads to a rich mosaic of cultural experiences, memorable trips, and a steady flow of nature’s beauty and serenity. It’s hard staying indoors when there are so many adventures awaiting you right around the corner. Whether you’re planning a trip into town or just want an excuse to venture outside and learn more about Arizona’s oldest city, you can find countless reasons to enjoy your stay in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale has some of the best motorcycle riding opportunities in the country. Riders Share knows this and can help you plan your next ride with confidence when renting a motorcycle in Arizona. Pick the right bike and the best location for a pickup, and you’re set for a weekend of adventure.