If you have limited savings, want to go on a road trip on a Motorcycle that has insurance, this article is for you.
Passionate bikers love long road trips on bikes too. But how can they experience different bikes if they keep jumping from one bike to another, spend time on selling one to buy the next one? Unless you are filthy rich, there is no reason to buy one in the first place.
What can you do about this?
Probably renting a bike is the solution.
Is it worth the risk?
You can experience a lot of bikes, go on long road trips without worrying about the extra costs or pay for the maintenance. There are websites like Eagle Share that let you rent a Motorcycle or even put your Motorcycle on rent, making extra cash from it.
Ride their bike in the dry months, return when the rains begin
The first reason why you should go for the rented bike is probably the weather flexibility. You can ride in the dry months and give it back when it rains. It can save you the costs and time that you might be spending while it stands in the shed. While you work in the rainy months, save up and revisit one of the states when the summer holidays come up.
No storage worries or added costs
Like I said, no storage responsibilities that means no extra costs you can rent a bike and give it back when you are done with the trip. This sounds easier than investing hundreds of dollars into a bike with extra costs that come following it.
Reduced maintenance costs
If you own a bike, there is a monthly maintenance cost of $100 at least. That makes it $1200 per year which you can avoid by going on a trip on a rented bike instead of buying one. That means you don’t have to pay too much for the bike even if it is just parked in the garage and save up for a rented one.
Enjoy the flexibility associated with renting a bike
No maintenance responsibilities, no extra costs, no time-consuming trips to the oil store, unpaid insurance! What more can you ask for? If you rent your bike from Eagle Share, they are providing up to $25,000 insurance for the protection of the bike.
So is it a good idea or an endurance test?
Of course, it is a good idea to rent a bike. It’s not an endurance test. But you can test the physical ability of a bike to get through the mountains, enjoy desert biking and check if the engines have failed this can be a compliance test for you to find the right bike to invest in and get your own. But experiencing a bike on long trips than then short test drives will give you benefit of the doubt.
A Final Verdict
The choice is yours. Either rent a bike; go on long trips and save your pockets from the added costs of garage-parking, or try different bikes and pay less.
The best company to hire a motorcycle from in America is EagleRider. We’ve been using EagleRider since 2005, when we ran our first Las Vegas to San Francisco riding tour. Since then, The Lost Adventure has become an Official Tour Operator for EagleRider, and we’ve ridden hundreds of thousands of miles on EagleRider motorcycles with our customers. So we thought we’d share some of the reasons why we feel EagleRider is the best company in America to hire a motorcycle from, whether just for a day or a long-term rental. Here goes:
#1: Location, Location, Locations – EagleRider has over 70 rental locations in the USA, in major cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago , Miami and New York. But there are locations in great ride out cities like Jackson Hole, Denver, New Orleans, Maui, Salt Lake City, Nashville and many others. America is a huge country with so many different things to see – no matter where you want to ride, there’s likely an EagleRider rental location within a short distance of your destination. And EagleRider also offers rentals in international locations including Australia, South Africa, Canada, Turkey, Costa Rica and elsewhere. For a complete list of EagleRider locations, click here.
#2: One-Way Rental – Most other motorcycles hire companies in the USA require you to return the motorcycle to the same location where you rented it. That’s fine if you’re doing a quick trip, or staying in one place, but what if you want to get out there and explore this huge country? Let’s say you want to start in Miami and ride to Las Vegas? Or fly into Las Vegas, ride to San Francisco and then fly home? Or perhaps ride Coast To Coast from the Atlantic to the Pacific? Then you need to hire your bike from EagleRider, one-way rentals are no problem (US rentals only). Why waste time doubling back to return a bike – maximize your time with a one-way hire. There is an additional fee (based on the distance between the pickup and drop off locations) for one-way rentals.
#3: Support – At the time of rental pick up, you’re provided with a toll free emergency telephone number. In the event of a mechanical breakdown (rare, but it can happen with any vehicle) EagleRider staff will arrange for towing of your bike to the nearest EagleRider location or repair facility. We’ve been on the road and a customer’s bike started running rough; we called the local EagleRider location and brought the bike over. Within 1/2 hour the customer was on a new bike and back on the road. If you’re riding big miles, it’s nice to know that there’s a huge support network and over 70 EagleRider locations behind you in the rare event that you have a problem.
#4: Variety Of Bikes – EagleRider has a huge fleet of motorcycles in the USA – over 2,000 bikes! They’re constantly rotating new bikes into their fleet – and not just Harley Davidsons, some locations also offer Honda Gold Wings, BMWs, Triumphs, scooters, dirt bikes and ATVs. For a complete listing of motorcycles, scooters and ATVs offered by EagleRider, click here.
#5: The Largest Motorcycle Tourism Company in The World – when you rent with EagleRider, you can be confident that you’re doing business with an incredibly professional international company. EagleRider is celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2012! Most companies offering tours of the US under their own brand name use EagleRider rental bikes.
Best of all, the pricing is very reasonable too – you can hire a Harley Davidson Sportster for as little as $70 US dollars a day. If you’re interested in hiring a motorcycle from EagleRider, be sure to contact The Lost Adventure. We’ve got the most competitive rates, we will quote you in Sterling, Euros or US dollars, and can provide tips and suggestions about riding in America. The Lost Adventure is a fully licensed, official EagleRider Tour Operator – contact us before you book with anyone else!
Nevada is an amazing place to ride. It’s no wonder that thousands of bikers are drawn to Las Vegas’ legendary motorcycle bars, festivals and group rides each year. And who could deny the incredible beauty of a ride through Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire State Park, or Mount Charleston? To top it off, Nevada’s amazing weather means you can experience the pleasure of riding year-round.
But how safe are Las Vegas’ roadways for bikers? Let’s have a look at how Las Vegas and our state in general stacks up when it comes to motorcycle safety?
Nevada has the 14th highest motorcycle fatality rate in the nation, according to 2016 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) figures comparing fatalities per motorcycle registration. Nevada faired especially well compared to states with similar year-round riding sessions. Our state had fewer motorcycle fatalities than both Arizona and New Mexico, which ranked 5th and 7th respectively for most motorcycle fatalities.
Nevada is considered a leader in motorcycle safety. Nevada has had a universal helmet law for motorcyclists since 1972. Nevada also requires eye protection unless you have a windshield, and does not allow motorcyclists to “split lanes,” a maneuver that may help beat the traffic but whose risks outweigh any benefit. Nevada also requires riders to inspect and register motorcycles and meet high training standards.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, motorcycle deaths in Clark County have declined considerably since reaching a high of 56 in 2016. Many credit stricter enforcement of moving vehicle laws in general in and around Las Vegas.
In 2018, the last year for which national data is available, 39 motorcyclists died on Clark County roads. Despite the decline, motorcycle riders still make up a disproportionate share of total fatalities–close to 20 percent. Roughly 1-in-4 motorcycle fatalities in Clark County involves a rider who was not wearing a helmet.
National Trends in Motorcycle Safety
Roughly 5,000 motorcyclists die each year on U.S. roadways, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The percentage of roadway fatalities that involve a motorcycle has increased year over year, as deaths from other vehicle crashes have leveled off or gone down and motorcycle deaths have held steady.
Whether you enjoy the excitement of city life or observing nature along a gently winding highway, part of what makes riding so exhilarating is the feeling of being close to the road and the world around you. Their size and weight can make motorcycles thrillingly responsible and maneuverable. Those qualities, however, are the same ones that make riding more dangerous.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which compares fatalities per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely than people in passenger cars to die in a traffic crash. A motorcycle’s size and weight compared to a typical passenger vehicle, as well as a rider’s exposure to physical impact during a crash make riding more dangerous. Motorcycles are more susceptible to loss of traction in wind and on wet roads. Motorcyclists can be more difficult to see and are more vulnerable to injury in a crash.
While there have been safety advances in recent years including roll-bars and even airbags on some models, motorcycles lack many safety features of passenger vehicles. “They do not have bumpers, crumple zones, airbags, and a metal structure around them,” said Peter Vander Aa, administrator of the motorcycle safety program within Nevada’s Department of Public Safety. Speaking to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he explained that for motorcyclists, “the only protection is the riding gear they are wearing.”
These factors are outside of a rider’s control. Still, there is much that is within a rider’s control, such as never riding under the influence and always wearing an approved helmet. Both of which can dramatically reduce risk of death or serious injury.
What You Can Do to Always Ride Safe
1. Always wear a helmet that meets national safety standards. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helmets reduce the risk of head injuries from motorcycle crashes by 69 percent and deaths by 37 percent. Nevada requires all riders to wear helmets meet standards set by the U.S. Department of Transportation. All DOT-approved, legal motorcycle helmets have a “DOT” sticker or painted symbol on the back–always check for it when purchasing or renting gear.
2. Never ride impaired. Between 2013 and 2016, nearly half of all motorcycle fatalities in the U.S. involved a rider with a blood-alcohol content over the legal limit (BAC > 0.08 g/dL). Many states have also seen an increase in traffic fatalities involving drivers and riders impaired by other substances including THC. Fatigue is also a leading factor in many motorcycle crashes, so take frequent breaks if you are on a long ride–and when in doubt, rest or call it a day.
3. Wear high-visibility gear. A leading cause of motorcycle-involved crashes and deaths is drivers not seeing motorcyclists, and making lane changes or left hand turns directly into riders. Many state highway authorities and the Federal Highway Safety Administration have undertaken education campaigns urging drivers to “Start Seeing Motorcycles” and to “Share the Road,” but one of your best defenses as a rider is making yourself as visible as possible. Recently many gear manufacturers have added reflective and high-visibility features to all styles of bike gear. Consider the investment–it might just save you an accident.
4. When riding, always maintain situational awareness. Unfortunately today’s drivers are more distracted than ever, and our busy lives mean more drivers than ever are making risky maneuvers as they rush from place to place. Drive defensively and anticipate potential dangers from road features, weather, and erratic drivers. Assume that drivers don’t see you and always try to avoid riding in a driver’s blindspot. While motorcycle safety is the responsibility of everyone on the road, we can’t always count on drivers to do their part. Protect yourself whenever possible from dangerous drivers.
5. Take a state-approved motorcycle safety course and keep your motorcycle in inspection shape. Make sure that your lamps, signals, breaks, and tires are in good working order–especially after a break from riding. Don’t forget about your bike’s mirrors and reflectors. It’s always a good idea to brush up on your motorcycle safety knowledge and skills with a certified instructor. Check out the Nevada Rider Motorcycle Safety Program — under the Department of Public Safety, it provides motorcycle training that meets state standards at a reasonable cost.
When temperatures and temperaments are down, it’s also the right time to go down… to the southernmost point in the lower 48 – Key West, Florida.
For most, Florida can be a polarizing state but one common tread is that it offers winter riding refuge for the poor saps and souls north of I-80. Pro Skateboarder, GREG LUTZKA, rallied some snow birds together to migrate south this winter, starting from Miami and rolling down to Key West and back.
FOR THE 2 RIDING DAYS, WE SET OUR ROUTE:
Greg invited his brother ANDY, snowboarder and pilot ALEX D., and the always-good-vibes, mood-boostin’ snowboarder Johnny M. AKA MAMBA!!!
Along with photographer DREW MARTIN and videographer JORDAN LOVELIS (with his assistant MAX JUNK), to bottle up and bring back a bit of Florida sunshine through photos and video. https://www.youtube.com/embed/HBNZ2UkfhfA?controls=0
DAY 1 – MIAMI – KEY WEST
Packs were light, as this quick 2-day trip was set to maximum leisure and maximum sunshine. The crew did a quick rental pickup at EAGLERIDER MIAMI and snuck out of the city before Miami gridlock could grab ahold of everyone.
Once the Keys were in sight, stress laxed and the pace slowed down. The general speed limit throughout the key-hopping cruise is around 45 MPH. A refreshing pace for the Sportster and Softail models chosen by the riders for the journey. Two great cruiser candidates are the IRON 1200 and LOW RIDER Harley-Davidson models. Alex had never been on a Harley-Davidson before this trip, but felt right at home after a few hours on the Iron 1200.
The 113 mile (181 km), overseas highway, named U.S. Route 1, connects the Florida Keys together and offers entertaining stopping points along the way. A few selections include: Marker 88 on Plantation Key, a beachside seafood and cocktail hangout, Island Fish Co. on Marathon Key, a tiki-themed seafood spot on the water, and HOG Heaven in Islamodora, a roadhouse grill with plenty of smoked BBQ.
As everyone thawed out from a healthy dose of Florida Key sunshine, it was a race to the southernmost point buoy in Key West to catch the last rays of the day’s sunset. A hot tip while visiting the southernmost point buoy is to park a few blocks away, as parking is rare and limited around this tourist-magnet. The famous southernmost point concrete buoy has been standing since 1983 and has withstood several hurricanes, definitely worthy of an Instagram or Facebook post (to rub it in to all the family and friends back home underneath a few inches of that dreaded white snow).
DAY 2 – KEY WEST – MIAMI
Bellies were a rumbling along with the bikes in the morning, so we crept over to the Banana Café on Duval St. to fuel up on coffee, benedicts, and crepes.
The Florida Keys Scenic Highway takes you along multiple islands and the world famous Seven Mile Bridge, the longest bridge along the way. Heading back up, the squad elected to take a few pit stops around Seven Mile bridge and other scenic key bridges to take in ocean views and snap a couple photos.
If you’d like an excuse to take a detour off the main drag, stop by the EVERGLADES SAFARI PARK for an airboat tour or throw a leg over a water hog and stop by MIAMI WATERSPORTS to rent a couple of jet skis on your way back up to Miami.
Coming back to the congested streets and downtown of Miami may not be your favorite part of the trip, but there is a secret spot that will make take your breath away with sunset views. So that’s what we did.
We headed to Virginia Key and parked at Hobie Island Beach Park (only 20 minutes away from Downtown). You cross a beautiful bridge with great views all around and then enter a mini paradise where time seems to slow down and the sand is as white as you’ve ever seen.
While back in Miami, take a cruise over to Miami Beach to try out some heavenly Cuban and Haitian food, admire local art, shop, and relax on the beach.
This route offers leisurely cruising, aimed towards the rider who needs an escape from the frozen tundra or the rider in search of new views. This crew’s riding experience varied from never riding a HARLEY-DAVIDSON before to crunching some serious cross-country miles on an H-D. Although this ride may not offer the most complex riding, it does offer a colorful escape from colder climates and more than enough of an excuse to ditch work and soak up some sun.
Join CLUB EAGLERIDER, accumulate some rental credits and use them to pay for the bikes next time you want to go riding. This is the most affordable way to ride different bikes in different cities. You can learn more about Club HERE.
None of our lodging was expensive, bikes can be paid for with CLUB EAGLERIDER CREDITS, and it’s truly an attainable adventure that even someone who just started riding 3-6 months ago can complete safely on any size motorcycle.
We’ll bring more adventures like this to share with you. For now, ride safe and we look forward to seeing you at one of our RENTAL LOCATIONS.
Do You want to test ride before you buy? So you find the bike you love on Craigslist Or Facebook. And you want to buy it, but before you spend your cold hard cash, you want to test the motorcycle you like Right? Not so fast, cowboy. Private owners almost never allow test rides. Now we have the solution eaglerider.com your gateway for renting morotorcycles so you would make sure how do you feel in your future bike.
You need to know how it feels. How the riding position is. Do you cramp up after 2 hours of riding? How does it do when riding slowly through your town? Or on the highway? Riders know this risk, so they rent the motorcycle they want to buy to do an “extended test ride” first.
In Eaglerider you can find all the important motorcycle brands and models inside your city all you have to do is to book the date and time and start your journey to get to know your future motorcycle.