How to rent a motorcycle
Think of renting a motorcycle like you would renting a car. At the core of the process you need a credit card and a license. And it needs to be a proper motorcycle license – a learner's permit isn't enough. If you happen to be from a different country, as long as you have a motorcycle license recognized in your home country, some rental companies will still let you rent a motorcycle.
You'll also need liability coverage for your motorcycle. Most rental agencies provide liability insurance as part of the daily cost of the rental. You can also add motorcycle insurance coverages like comprehensive and collision for an additional cost per day. Another option is getting a temporary motorcycle insurance policy.
A final requirement is age. Most places require you to be at least 21 to rent a motorcycle, but some companies only rent to riders 25 or older.
How much does it cost to rent a motorcycle?
Renting a motorcycle can be more expensive than renting a car. The costs vary based on several factors, but the largest consideration is the size of the motorcycle. A small bike will be less expensive to rent than a larger touring motorcycle such as a Harley-Davidson.
The rental cost includes liability insurance, a motorcycle helmet, and the motorcycle itself. Some companies might even throw in riding gear such as a leather jacket and pants, but this varies by the rental company.
Renting a motorcycle allows riders to try a different model than their own, which can help when deciding on a purchase of a new motorcycle. It's also a fun way to explore landscapes while traveling when you either can't or don't want to bring your motorcycle along.