4 things you need to know before renting a motorcycle

4 things you need to know before renting a motorcycle.

Taking a motorbike trip is one of the most quintessentially American past times of all time. There are fewer ways to enjoy the road than on a two-wheeler with the wind blowing through your hair on a sunny day. The problem is, especially for more casual motorbike enthusiasts, is that most people underestimate the true cost of owning and maintaining a motorcycle. This is what makes motorbike rental services so popular. However, you shouldn’t just opt for the first motorcycle rental presented to you. There are factors you need to consider before renting your bike. They include:


Are you doing a round trip, or one-way?

You need to consider the pick-up and drop-off points when hiring a motorcycle. When you are going on a round trip, this does not become a big concern. You will return your motorcycle at the same point where you picked it up. In this case, you can work with a rental service that only has one outlet. For one-way trips, you need to ensure that there will be a drop-off point in your destination location. Otherwise, you might incur expensive costs when organising for transportation services to return your rented motorbike to the original pick-up point.


How many days and miles will you be riding?

Different motorcycle rental services have different payment plans. While most of them will have a hybrid payment option that factors in the number of days, as well as the mileage you will consume, others favour one of these options. If you are going on a long journey, you might be better off renting from a service that will charge mostly by the number of days and not by the number of miles. Similarly, if you need a bike for a few days, but won’t be driving for long distances, you will find it more affordable to use a service that priorities payment by the mileage.


What level of insurance is offered for your rental?

Always inquire about the insurance coverage on your rented motorcycle. You need to know whether the motor trade insurance offered by your renter covers just the motorbike or if it includes any injuries you may sustain. What about any passenger you might be carrying at the time of insurance? Always have answers to these questions before committing to a motorcycle hire. Even the most experienced motorcycle drivers can get into an accident. Ensure that you understand the extent of the coverage as it pertains to you and any passengers you might be carrying. If it is inadequate, you might have to consider having your own additional insurance coverage that will protect you from expensive medical and repair costs in case of an accident.


Do you have the documentation which proves you are a licensed motorcyclist?

This is arguably the most important point to consider. If you will be travelling across state or international borders, then you need to ensure that your licensing documentation is valid in all the territories that you will be driving in. If it doesn’t, consider altering your route or taking additional time to ensure that your motorcyclist documentation is recognised, and valid, in every single area that is included in your travel itinerary.

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