How to Rent a Motorcycle Safely

Jun 2, 2021


Triumph motorcycle rider zooming through the countryside.

As a place to ride a motorcycle, America is a wonderland. It’s an ever changing landscape that varies from region to region. One day you’ll be crossing the desert, the next you’ll be riding through steep mountain grades. The road conditions are generally excellent and there’s a healthy infrastructure of hotels, gas stations, restaurants, and campsites to make any motorcycle road trip fun and easy.

Motorcycle rental is available throughout the U.S. with Riders Share. Renting a bike is the most cost-effective method of exploring the U.S. by bike, But there are always things to consider if you’ve never rented a motorcycle. Learn how renting works with us.

Here are some of the top motorcycle rental mistakes to avoid.

1. Riding the Wrong Motorcycle

Preparation is the key to success. So understanding the type of terrain you will be riding across, the climate, and the distance you plan on covering will help determine the motorcycle you want to ride. Review our How to Rent a Harley-Davidson Cruiser Motorcycle article to get up to speed on selecting a Bar & Shield bike.  

Don’t get stuck with the limited choices available at traditional rental companies, either. We offer the largest range of rental motorcycles in America.

2. Wearing Incorrect Motorcycle Riding Gear

Again, thinking ahead pays dividends. If you’re going to be riding through warm weather throughout your trip, there’s no need to bring thicker winter-riding gear. If you’re going to head into the mountains, you want to dress in layers. Even during the summer months, riding in the mountains can be chilly.

If you don’t want to buy a new set of gear, you can often rent gear. Many owners offer additional rental of jackets, gloves, boots, pants, and helmets. Just return them at the end of your trip. It’s clearly delineated on the bike’s rental page.

Do some research on the different types of saddlebags, storage boxes, and top boxes available for your bike, and consider which will be the best for your particular trip. Again, Riders Share owners often offer these for rent with their motorcycle.

Wear earplugs. You can still hear other vehicles, but it reduces road noise and helps protect your hearing.

Bring as few items as possible. Before embarking on a huge trip, try renting a motorcycle for a few days and see which items you really need and which can stay at home.

3. Renting With a Traditional Motorcycle Rental Company

Taking a look at the huge rental prices charged by EagleRider can turn off new riders. Riders Share has revolutionized the motorcycle renting experience, making it simple to rent a motorcycle from a huge number of owners across America. 

4. Forgetting About Vehicle Insurance

Medical bills in America can be ghastly, so good travel insurance is a must-have. Check the small print of your policy though, as a lot of insurance companies exclude bikes larger than 125cc. Motorcycle-specific policies tend to cover more, including costs incurred if your rental bike breaks down, or if your gear is damaged in a spill.

If you rent from a traditional motorcycle rental company, you will need to pay extra to get the recommended level of insurance. The price of renting from a big company like EagleRider is high — Supplemental Liability Insurance is up to $24.95 a day, and Theft/Damage protection is up to $35 a day. Even with the most expensive coverage, a deductible is charged on thefts.

We keep things simple — every renter is covered by an insurance policy that covers damage, third party, and theft with a deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased to reduce the deductible.

5. Carrying Too Much Weight

Some motorcycles are heavy, weighing nearly 1,000-pounds for a full-dress Harley-Davidson touring rig. You don’t need 10 t-shirts. You don’t need three pairs of shoes. You don’t need to bring your suit jacket “just in case.” Packing light is the name of the game.

Don’t start loading gadgets and all of their respective power banks and chargers. Keep cosmetics, creams, and perfumes to a minimum. Remember, you can pick up anything else needed along the way.

6. Trying To Log Too Many Miles in One Day

Speeding across the distance can turn a road trip into a chore as the sights whiz by. You can find yourself stressed out by the traffic or a feeling that you need to keep pushing onward.

Too many hours of riding each day will leave you tired and annoyed. Set yourself a sensible number of miles to complete each day, and leave time for visiting all the attractions you want to see on the way. Take it slow and soak in the scenery.

7. Working and Riding

Leave the work behind when you go on a motorcycle road trip. It’s tempting to bring along a laptop and try to conduct business at the end of each leg of your trip, but you need the downtime at the end of each day to recharge for the next.