Though it will never rival car hire in terms of volume, motorcycle hire is growing in popularity. While car hire caters to families and all kinds of customers, motorcycle hire tends to be the preserve of singles and couples who are looking to have a good time. A long motorcycle ride can be very romantic way for two people to travel, or the ultimate way for one person to really clear their thoughts and have some great alone time. The main brands of motorcycles that are popular to hire are Japanese, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki.
However if you go to specialist motorcycle hire companies there is the chance to get a signature vehicle like the Harley Davidson which really will be the envy of all your friends. This kind of motorcycle is good for countries which have long open roads, for instance if you are doing a road trip through Australia or America. There are also exotic models of motorcycle hire like the Fireblade. Motorcycle hire companies can rent these to people who have always wanted to ride a Fireblade without being able to purchase it. Motorcycle hire can also encompass smaller European vehicles such as the scooter or Vespa. These are ideal for crowded cities like Rome or Paris and there are a lot of romantic connotations associated with the Vespa.
With motorcycle hire insurance is not only a legal requirement but a necessity as motorcycles are much more dangerous than cars. You should always wear a helmet and protective clothing as your chances of surviving a serious accident on a motorcycle are a lot lower than on a car. Shop around for the best deals and see our blog on bike insurance.
Because of the dangers of riding a motorcycle the motorcycle test is much harder than the car test. Of course to hire a motorcycle you need to have a valid licence specifically for a motorcycle and the correct grade, for example you’d be foolish to try and hire a Yamaha R1, reputed as one of the fastest road going production bikes, with a CBT (uk 50cc licence)! The age to rent tends to be a bit higher than with cars, unless you are getting a low powered motorcycle like a Vespa or other scooter.
The massive advantage of motorcycle hire is the amount of time you can save yourself in traffic. While cars have to sit there stationary, their drivers cursing, you can zip right to the front of the queue. For this reason more and more businessmen and women who commute are using motorcycle hire to get to work on time.