JuanPoop
Team,

I am planning on making a trip to USA (itinerary WIP) in 2 years time with some mates. There will be 4 or 5 of us and the main purpose will be to watch and play some golf.

However, given 3 of us are keen bike riders, we have been discussing the potential addition of a riding segment to the trip. One of our team (non-rider) has 'volunteered' to drive a support vehicle with all of our crap in it, so all we have to carry is ourselves on the bikes (no gear sacks, etc).

My question is - what is the best way to rent a bike in USA? At this stage, we haven't decided brands or routes, but it is safe to say we would want to be able to pick up the bikes on the west coast (likely LA) and drop off somewhere in the south-east - a one way hire - over a period of about a week.

I will be doing a bunch of Google research, but if anyone knows of a hire / rental company that does this the best or easiest, or has any other tips for consideration - please yell out?

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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V-Twin
Hey JuanPoop,

My wife and I hired a bike in San Francisco and did a tour for 3 weeks back in 2017.  If you are interested, here is a full write up.  

https://www.indianmotorcycleforum.com.au/post/my-roadtrip-diary-of-southwest-usa-september-2017-9300839

In terms of motorcycle hire, Eagle Rider is the largest organisation (LA store is well regarded.  But avoid San Francisco store).  You can do one way hire from West to East coast... however, doing that in one week would not be recommended.

Another option is to hire a bike from some of the Harley dealers.  I believe a dealer in Grand Junction CO, for example, hire bikes out.  

I do recall a small rental company in San Francisco did rent Indian Motorcycles but they were more expensive than Eagle Rider (and they are pricey).

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Richard Dixon
Im interested in what you find...
Eagle Riders is definitely the largest and national, only have Harleys thou and charge well ... we did Chicargo to LA  Sept - Oct 2018 & got stung with a few additional charges ontop of rental 
Environmental surcharge   $128
Peak season surcharge     $130
Concession Recovery Fee  $216
Vehicle Drop off fee (one way fee)  $595
Taxes & Fees    $593.05
+ on pick up (unexpected) Theft and Damage insurance $455 

Just so you are ready for it !

We are planning Dallas, New Orleans, Memphis to Seattle in 2021 and looking at the new Indian hire company however they only do groups of 6 or more (we only have 4 at this stage) ...
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JuanPoop
V-Twin wrote:
Hey JuanPoop,

My wife and I hired a bike in San Francisco and did a tour for 3 weeks back in 2017.  If you are interested, here is a full write up.  

https://www.indianmotorcycleforum.com.au/post/my-roadtrip-diary-of-southwest-usa-september-2017-9300839

In terms of motorcycle hire, Eagle Rider is the largest organisation (LA store is well regarded.  But avoid San Francisco store).  You can do one way hire from West to East coast... however, doing that in one week would not be recommended.

Another option is to hire a bike from some of the Harley dealers.  I believe a dealer in Grand Junction CO, for example, hire bikes out.  

I do recall a small rental company in San Francisco did rent Indian Motorcycles but they were more expensive than Eagle Rider (and they are pricey).



Thanks V.
I will read through the trip write up with interest.  
Thanks for the dealer hire suggestion, I will definitely look at that, as the Eaglerider.com option has a lot of extra expenses included.
I am thinking HD atm, so probably won't look too hard for the Indian option.  
I appreciate the steer - thanks.  

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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JuanPoop
Im interested in what you find...
Eagle Riders is definitely the largest and national, only have Harleys thou and charge well ... we did Chicargo to LA  Sept - Oct 2018 & got stung with a few additional charges ontop of rental 
Environmental surcharge   $128
Peak season surcharge     $130
Concession Recovery Fee  $216
Vehicle Drop off fee (one way fee)  $595
Taxes & Fees    $593.05
+ on pick up (unexpected) Theft and Damage insurance $455 

Just so you are ready for it !

We are planning Dallas, New Orleans, Memphis to Seattle in 2021 and looking at the new Indian hire company however they only do groups of 6 or more (we only have 4 at this stage) ...


Yes, now that I have been researching, I agree with you.

I have been doing a few dummy quotes on their website and whilst the Eaglerider.com option looks the most popular and "easiest' (in terms of being accessible/available) - the extra expenses are really stacking up.  It has made me look at whether we can do a round trip version of our route to avoid the $595 one-way fee (AUD$875 ! ! ).  

I will check out the dealer hire option (as V-Twin suggested) and see how that compares.  We will only have 3 of us riding atm, so the Indian option won't work  ... yet.  

Thanks for the post - I really appreciate the input.

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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Houso Joel
Hey John,
I'm on the Beaches too!

Subscribe to the Eaglerider newsletter.

They constantly have special and offers that are only advertised through the email - it is one little email a month but it can save you hundreds.
In addition If you time your ride for a major event - say Daytona bike week or Sturgis they had deals of hire from $99 per day to one way a bike there.You had to arrive a few days before the rally but in some instances you are saving upwards of $150 per day. They then have similar deals to get the bikes back all round the country - beats them havin to truck them in.

ALSO and yes I know this is like swearing on this page - but if you are a HOG member you straight up get 10% off any hire with Eaglerider, could be worth the $70?

And 1 week - man you are going to be hauling all day every day to make that trip... 
Houso Joel
SYDNEY NORTH
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JuanPoop
Houso Joel wrote:
Hey John,
I'm on the Beaches too!

Subscribe to the Eaglerider newsletter.

They constantly have special and offers that are only advertised through the email - it is one little email a month but it can save you hundreds.
In addition If you time your ride for a major event - say Daytona bike week or Sturgis they had deals of hire from $99 per day to one way a bike there.You had to arrive a few days before the rally but in some instances you are saving upwards of $150 per day. They then have similar deals to get the bikes back all round the country - beats them havin to truck them in.

ALSO and yes I know this is like swearing on this page - but if you are a HOG member you straight up get 10% off any hire with Eaglerider, could be worth the $70?

And 1 week - man you are going to be hauling all day every day to make that trip... 


Thanks Joel,

Awesome info and on the back of your post, I have subscribed to their newsletter. Thanks heaps.  

The HOG membership might be a good investment, as you say - and I am not prejudiced!!  I actually like HDs...

Yeah, the 1 week (or so) of riding isn't meant to cover coast to coast, more like a manageable chunk of southern USA that makes sense to do and see.  Pretty much for the fun of it ... and to experience it with a couple of good mates.  

Whereabouts in Northern Beaches are you?

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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Houso Joel
JuanPoop wrote:


Yeah, the 1 week (or so) of riding isn't meant to cover coast to coast, more like a manageable chunk of southern USA that makes sense to do and see.  Pretty much for the fun of it ... and to experience it with a couple of good mates.  

Whereabouts in Northern Beaches are you?


I got buddies in North Eastern Arizona - he knows Az, Colorado, Nevada and Utah like he back of his hand I go riding over there with him most years. If thats an area you are interested in give me a yell, we got lots of fun stuff around there.
Houso Joel
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JuanPoop
Houso Joel wrote:


I got buddies in North Eastern Arizona - he knows Az, Colorado, Nevada and Utah like he back of his hand I go riding over there with him most years. If thats an area you are interested in give me a yell, we got lots of fun stuff around there.


Thanks Joel, will do.  It is looking more like the Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi area at this stage; but once confirmed I will yell out.  

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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Houso Joel
JuanPoop wrote:


Thanks Joel, will do.  It is looking more like the Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi area at this stage; but once confirmed I will yell out.  


In that case you need to be talking about the Blue Ridge Parkway... know some people from around that way too, but not riders
Houso Joel
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JuanPoop
Houso Joel wrote:


In that case you need to be talking about the Blue Ridge Parkway... know some people from around that way too, but not riders


Yes, that is on the list for sure.

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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tassierob
Don't forget Tail of The Dragon road and Wheels Through Time Museum ( https://wheelsthroughtime.com ) down that way as well

Rob
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JuanPoop
tassierob wrote:
Don't forget Tail of The Dragon road and Wheels Through Time Museum ( https://wheelsthroughtime.com ) down that way as well

Rob


Thanks mate.  It looks like there is plenty to do between Atlanta and Nashville. 

We might have to allow some extra time!!

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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