You can never have too much freedom. In addition to owning a motorcycle, renting gives you even more.
According to Dana Wilke, who works in market development for Harley-Davidson, renting a motorcycle makes a heck of a lot of sense for a lot of different reasons. Through Harley-Davidson’s relationship with EagleRider, a motorcycle rental and touring company that rents a range of H-D® bikes, riders can choose from more than 150 rental locations operating inside H-D® dealerships across the U.S. As a result, riders can begin and end their two-wheeled adventures almost anywhere.
“For riders of any level, renting is another way to experience adventure and freedom on two wheels,” Wilke says.
Whether it’s fitting that motorcycle rally into your busy life, riding through a national park you’ve had on your bucket list, or escaping during the winter months to ride someplace warm, renting broadens a rider’s options. According to Wilke, “A rental is like having a bike for your suitcase.”
For new riders, Wilke is developing a program called the “Grad Pass,” which provides rider training graduates the opportunity to rent a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle for $25 a day.
“Buying your first bike is a big commitment,” Wilke said. “Renting is like dating. It gives new riders an opportunity to find the right one.”
Here are some reasons why, according to Wilke, renting motorcycles is gaining in popularity and expanding access to the sport.
Say you just graduated from Harley-Davidson’s Riding Academy. You liked the bike you trained on, but aren’t sure if it’s the right bike for you. You want more time with it and other models before you make a decision on what to buy. Renting allows you to take the ultimate test ride on several H-D® models so you can feel confident about selecting the bike that’s right for you.
Your bike might be tucked away in winter storage, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop riding, Wilke says. You can do a weekend desert ride and be back in the office on Monday. If you have H-D™ insurance’s Vacation Rental coverage, you get the same level of coverage on any rental from a licensed renter or dealer that you get on your own bike. Here’s where you can find out if your rental is covered with Harley-Davidson® Insurance’s Vacation Rental coverage. Remember, not all insurance carriers offer rental coverage, so be sure to check with your provider about coverage before renting.
Whether it’s Sturgis or Daytona Bike Week, the rally season calls. If you don’t have time to ride round-trip, you can fly to the rally and rent a bike there. Or, maybe you have time to ride to the rally, but not enough time to ride home; you can rent from an EagleRider location in your hometown, ride it to the rally and drop it off at a rental location there before you fly home. The beauty of renting from H-D is that we’ve welcomed EagleRider into H-D® dealerships across the country to create an expansive network of pick-up and drop-off locations, Wilke says. Here are some dealerships where you can leave your rental.
Some trips are so epic they warrant a tour guide—like cruising coast to coast or exploring the entire length of Route 66. You don't want to think about anything except the sights and sounds. Not only can you rent a bike for a once-in-a-lifetime road trip, but renting a bike can include a tour guide that takes care of every last detail—from planning the route and luggage transport, to filling up the gas tank. You’ll be talking about the experience with your buddies for years to come. (Check out pictures from Wilke’s re-creation of EagleRider’s “Winter Getaway” tour.)
Sometimes a new model enters the fray—a model so intriguing you have to try it. That’s the case with Harley-Davidson’s new electric motorcycle, LiveWire™. Only some Harley-Davidson® dealers will carry the LiveWire™ motorcycle, so renting gives riders interested in it more chances to experience it.
You can see how motorcycle rental is not only practical for some people, it expands access to the sport. For new riders, renting’s an ownership training ground. For existing riders, renting’s an extension of motorcycle ownership that makes the sport more flexible. Rent and ride more.