How to Rent a Motorcycle in Las Vegas

May 31, 2021


Rented Suzuki cruiser motorcycle ridden near Las Vegas, Nevada.

Las Vegas is known for its glitz, glamour, and bright lights, but it’s also surrounded by beautiful natural scenery.

While many people flock to Sin City for gambling and nightlife, many others come to Las Vegas for its natural beauty and grand escapes.

Whether it’s traveling through to the Grand Canyon, Area 51, or Red Rock Canyon, the best way to explore the Las Vegas Valley is on the back of a Las Vegas motorcycle rental.

In this article, we’ll discuss where and how to rent a motorcycle in Las Vegas, plus some other essential information.  

Where Can I Rent a Motorcycle in Las Vegas

There are a few options riders can choose from when renting a motorcycle in Las Vegas:

  1. Purchasing a motorcycle tour package with a tour guide (boring!)
  2. Renting a bike from a traditional motorcycle rental company (generally expensive)
  3. Choosing a peer-to-peer bike rental through Riders Share (easy and affordable)

Similar to Airbnb, Riders Share is a peer-to-peer network that allows riders to rent bikes from fellow riders like you. Not only do riders in the area make money, but it also offers a wider selection of bikes at a more affordable cost. 

Now that you know the best source for motorcycle rentals in Las Vegas, it’s time to explore a few requirements you’ll need to follow, regardless of where you rent from. 

What Do I Need to Rent a Motorcycle in Las Vegas?

Motorcycle License and/or Endorsement

In Nevada, a motorcycle operator’s endorsement or a motorcycle driver’s license is required.

If you don’t have a two-wheeler endorsement, you can rent a three-wheeler to get around this stipulation. The Polaris Slingshot, for example, is a unique choice available through Riders Share that allows you to travel around the city with the open air, much like a traditional motorcycle. 

International or foreign drivers will need to apply for an international driver's permit (IDP) to legally rent and drive in Nevada. 

Motorcycle Riding Safety Gear

All motorcycle riders and their passengers are required to wear a DOT-approved helmet in Nevada. The use of eye protection is also mandatory; wearing sunglasses is not a valid legal replacement for goggles.

Although not a legal requirement, you’ll want to wear a protective long-sleeve jacket (leather and textile options are available), long pants (jeans), and above-the-ankle boots or riding shoes. 

Renters complain that this is where traditional rental companies try to gouge customers, forcing you to purchase riding attire instead of including them. 

Riders Share lets owners rent their personal riding gear at their discretion. For a small fee, or sometimes free of charge, you can get accessories like rain suits, protective jackets, two-way radio communication systems, and other handy accessories to make your trip more comfortable. 

What About Motorcycle Insurance in Nevada?

Yes, it’s usually the last thing you care about when you just want to jump on that bike and ride, but Nevada is no different from any other U.S. state in that you must have vehicle insurance before you head out on the road.

At a minimum, Nevada law states you must have coverage amounting to (per accident):

  • $10,000 property damage
  • $15,000 bodily injury coverage for one person
  • $30,000 bodily injury coverage in total
  • This is the minimum coverage required, but it makes sense to consider additional comprehensive and collision coverage if you want a trip with more peace of mind.

Before you consider hiring a bike through a back channel like Craigslist, be sure to remember about insurance. You will be riding illegally if you do not buy self-insurance.

Insurance through Traditional Motorcycle Rental Is Expensive

Traditional motorcycle rental companies will cover the minimum liability insurance as part of their listed price, but without buying any additional coverage, many rentals will require you to put down a hefty $5,000 deposit! 

Without opting for supplemental insurance, you will not have coverage for: 

  • Damage
  • Theft
  • Mechanical breakdowns
  • Personal property loss
  • Additional drivers
  • Flat tires 
  • Third-party liability above the state minimum 

Currently, the hidden cost of full coverage insurance with Eagle Rider is $59.95 per day! 

Riders Share Makes Motorcycle Rental Insurance Simple

Riders Share covers the state minimum insurance requirements as part of the base price. So you don’t need to worry about insurance, despite renting from a private owner. We also offer you additional liability insurance options should you want additional coverage.

Our insurance coverage is typically lower than traditional motorcycle rental companies because we are strict on who can ride the bikes we have listed. Only experienced riders older than 21 can rent from us.

What Types of Motorcycles Can I Ride?

Many Las Vegas motorcycle rental companies usually only rent Harley-Davidsons. Even with this limited range of vehicles, folks often lament how reserving a bike through a traditional motorcycle rental company doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get the bike you requested.

On the other hand, Riders Share offers all types of motorcycles from virtually every manufacturer. From cruisers like the Honda VTX 1800 to high-performance sportbikes, including BMW’s S 1000 RR. There are also more classic options in the form of the Ducati 750 SuperSport and Yamaha’s FJR 1300A sport-touring rig. The choice is part of the thrill. Choose a bike you’ve never ridden or jump back on an old favorite—it’s all up to you.

How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Motorcycle?

Motorcycle rental prices vary in range, depending on the owner and the bike. Some bikes can rent for as little as $25 a day, while others, like a classic Harley-Davidson, can run upwards of $150 per day. 

Still, a motorcycle rental on Riders Share is much more affordable than most traditional rental agencies and especially cheaper than renting a car. 

How Safe Is it to Drive a Motorcycle in Las Vegas?

Las Vegas is a relatively safe place to travel, as its universal helmet law is designed to protect motorcyclists. Otherwise, it’s important to drive defensively, especially at night, as drunk driving can be an issue. 

The city is relatively safe, though if you drift too far away from The Strip at night, you might run into some bad areas. 

Which Route(s) Should I Take?

Las Vegas is neat to see on a motorcycle, but the twisty roads and national parks outside of town offer the most pleasurable experience. Truth be told, there are too many great options to enumerate them all, but here are some of the best motorcycle rides in Las Vegas.

1. Valley of Fire and Lake Mead 

(133 miles / 3-4 hours / $10 entrance to Lake Mead National Recreation Area)

This incredibly scenic route lies just 20 minutes outside Las Vegas. Ride through the windy roads of Lake Mead National Recreation Area with cliffs on your left and Lake Mead to the right. Ride to the Valley of Fire State Park, which offers plenty of hiking opportunities. Make no mistake; it’s the journey there that’s the thrill of this trip.

2.  Hoover Dam

(80 miles / 2 hours)

Just 45 minutes out of Las Vegas, you’ll find the world-famous Hoover Dam. It’s a remarkable sight, and we suggest a night ride for the best riding experience to and from it. Be sure to pass through the Pat Tillman Bridge just nearby, with impeccable views of the Colorado River. 

3. Zion National Park (two-day ride)

(330 miles, 3 hours each way)

Travel further to Zion National Park in Utah–a place that some consider the most beautiful place on Earth. Riding is possible through sections of the park (about a 20-minute ride), and you can camp there, too. A shuttle is available to take you deeper into the park and to reach the upper areas. This journey can be completed in one day, but we suggest a two-day trip so you’re not rushed.

4. Zion National Park, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam (three-day ride)

(700 miles, 12 hours)

Our preferred three-day road trip begins the same as the above Zion National Park trip, but on Day 2, you head to the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon. This ride takes around five hours, and you’ll find hotels and camping spots south of the Grand Canyon Village. On the final day, head toward the Hoover Dam via Old Route 66—a four-hour journey—before returning to Las Vegas.

Next time you rent with us, consider asking the owner about their favorite rides. After all, they are Las Vegas natives and motorcycle riders, so you’ll surely get some great advice.