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Old 09-10-2015, 06:22 PM   #1
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Bike rentals and vacations

Some people in an Australian forum have been asking for info about renting or buying bikes for extended vacation (1+ month) in the US. Does anyone have a good .02 to chip in?

Common topics:
- rental cost
- insurance
- hidden fees
- "better to rent, or buy a bike and re-sell before leaving"?
- getting gas (cash / plastic / pre-paid etc. type cards)
- safety concerns (driving on other side of the road, animals, bad drivers etc)
- dealing with LEOs / basic driving laws
- crossing multiple borders (Canada, Mexico)
- what type(s) of licenses are recognized internationally
- what bikes are available if one is still on a "restricted" license (graduated licensing system)

Plus all the other "normal" traveling questions; Visas, passports, what address to list if touring etc.
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:15 AM   #2
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What kind of bikes? I would not think some one would rent a sport bike for a month so I have to assume this is for a more touring or adventure type riding.

If so, also would depend on where they want to go.

I just came back from riding 7 days on labor day week in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. It was 3 of us, and one was on a rental BMW GS 800. This place we rented from (Black Wolf Mototours in Red Lodge MO) would let you take his bikes off road. But not everyone would let you. So make sure when you rent you tell them what you are doing with the bikes as some have GPS that would tell them where you've been and hear they will charge you the off road at high costs.

Also an important issue is that only some of the bigger shops will let you rent in one place and deliver in a different location (such as some locations for Eagle Riders, but not all).

My friend only had his foreign drivers license and that is all he needed.
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I had some French interns work with me for a year. They went to the DMV and got their temporary drivers license's and were able to drive rental vehicles to and from work. One of them bought a bike off this site and rode it around till his tenure was over with the company. He sold it on CL for $1,500 more than he originally bought it for.
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answer for your rental needs

Check with Mike or Stacey at Steel Horse Rentals. I've personally used their services several times and they're good folks with good bikes of all types.
steelhorserentals.com or 832-598-4345.
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Are rental places cool with out of state renters? I will be going on vacation to california to see people I don't like or even know and was thinking to just ride up pacific coast highway.
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Are rental places cool with out of state renters? I will be going on vacation to california to see people I don't like or even know and was thinking to just ride up pacific coast highway.
These folks were cool with me.

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- what type(s) of licenses are recognized internationally
No such thing as an international driver license. They can use their Aussie one as long as it is valid and they are able to operate a MC in their home country.
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