Why a Motorcycle Rental in San Antonio Is Better Than a Car

Jan 27, 2022

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Harley-Davidson motorcycle ridden in Texas.

San Antonio, Texas is a dynamic, diverse, and culture-filled city with much to explore. If you’re planning a visit to the Lone Star State, a trip to San Antonio is your chance to experience Hispanic heritage, cowboy culture, German roots, and a world of culinary flavors. The city is home to one of the largest concentrations of military bases in the United States, earning it the title of Military City, USA.

Visitors should know that the city of San Antonio is one of the most densely populated cities in the United States. With over 1.5 million residents and 32 million yearly visitors, this is one up-and-coming city. Similar to the Why You Should Ditch Car Rentals for Motorcycles in Las Vegas article, navigating San Antonio is easier via motorcycle. While a car rental will get you where you need to go, waiting around in traffic is not on our to-do list. The best bet is to tour the city on a bike. 

This article shares some highly sought-after motorcycle offerings in the area and also divulges some of the city’s most popular destinations and highlights motorcycle routes for those who live to ride.

1. Paseo del Rio and the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy S

The Paseo del Rio, or the San Antonio River Walk, is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Nearby lots are available for parking, but you’ll have to walk a few minutes from wherever you parked. Here’s where a motorcycle comes in handy. Visitors who opt for a car will watch you with envy as you snap up a spot and make your way to the River Walk before they’ve even had a chance to circle the lot! Once you’re in, you can enjoy the strumming of the mariachi, unwind at a cafe, or shop for some souvenirs. 

For your evening by the river, take the Harley-Davidson 2016 Fatboy S. It’s painted in a stunning shade of black and, according to its owner, it “rides like a Harley should, [and] sounds like a Harley should.” It’s decked out with Vance & Hines pipes, an Arlen Ness intake, a fuel module, and several other modifications. Take it for an evening cruise through the city and end the night strolling by the river. You won’t be disappointed with this eye-catching cruiser.

2. The Twisted Sisters and the Triumph Speed Triple

According to locals and motorcyclists who have completed this 100-mile loop, these farm-to-market roads take you through some of the toughest (and exhilarating) terrain in Texas. The Twisted Sisters refer to FM 335, 336, and 337E. All of them are two-lane, asphalt roads well-known for their twists through the hills, their descent into canyons, and their sharp bends along steep cliffs. 

Adding to the experience are stretches of open road beside open land, where you can watch wandering livestock. While this loop is riddled with the unexpected, a truly incredible drive awaits on this scenic and challenging route. This road is best enjoyed on the back of a motorcycle, so forget about a car rental altogether if this ride is on your list! It gets a mention here, even though it’s technically an hour Northwest of San Antonio, simply because it’s a trip you’ll regret missing out on if you’re looking for the best motorcycle routes in Texas.

Our pick for this road is the Triumph Speed Triple. Fast, comfortable, and not too low (for those bits of uneven asphalt), this naked bike is an excellent choice for the Twisted Sisters. It’s well-maintained and cared-for by its owner and features a phone mount, tool kit, and tank box for your gear. If you don’t have your own, your rental of the Triumph Speed Triple comes with a Shoei full-face helmet. You’ll also have the option to add a headset or men’s jacket to your rental for a minimal added cost. This sounds perfect for a ride on the Twisted Sisters!

3. Ghost Walking Tour and Suzuki’s Burgman 400 ABS

Another interesting fact about San Antonio: it’s considered one of the most haunted cities in America. If you didn’t get enough out of Halloween this year, add this tour to your list. The San Antonio Ghost Walking Tour is an after-dark tour that takes you through some of the city’s spookiest spots. Professional paranormal investigators will share chilling stories as they guide you through the different types of hauntings and manifestations in the city. 

Prepare your getaway by having the keys to the Suzuki Burgman on-hand. This ride is practically new and the owner reports that it’s in great condition. When you need it, you know you can fire up the engine and put some distance between you and those haunts. Let the cool night air and the rush of asphalt beneath your feet refocus your mind after an evening exploring the supernatural.

4. El Camino Real and the Triumph Bonneville Bobber

El Camino Real, also known as Old San Antonio Road, is actually a historic network of roads that linked various towns, settlements, forts, and missions. Today, it passes through major cities like San Antonio and Austin. If you follow El Camino Real you can travel clear across the state, or you can stay in the San Antonio area and pick out some historical sites to visit along the route. If you plan to stay local, you can easily visit a number of places like the Dolores Applewhite Crossing, the Military Plaza Historic District, the Founders’ Monument, and of course the Alamo.

For your ride along El Camino Real, the Triumph Bobber Back is ready to ride. The owner of this impressive hog says “it comes with an upgraded exhaust and drives like a beast with its 1200cc engine.” This motorcycle is low and provides a smooth ride for a local trip.

5. 18th Century Missions and the Harley-Davidson VRSCDX Night Rod

The National Historical Park in San Antonio features four 18th century missions that you should definitely make some time for. You’ll have the opportunity to explore Mission Concepción, Mission San José, Mission San Juan Capistrano, and Mission San Francisco de la Espada. The Alamo is also nearby if you’d like to include it alongside your tour of the other missions. One way to see them all is through a Hike & Bike Trail along the San Antonio River. If you’d rather skip that part and go directly to each mission, that’s also a feasible option.

To skip the trail and make your way more quickly from one mission to the next, take the Harley-Davidson Night Rod. This cruiser is fun to ride and will help make navigating through tourist-heavy areas a breeze.

With so many great drives around San Antonio, it would be a shame to see it through the windshield of a car when you can immerse yourself in the experience on the right motorcycle. Whether you’re a new rider or a seasoned one, the next time you visit San Antonio, do it on a Riders Sharemotorcycle rental