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Apr 6th 2018, 08:59 AM   #1
 Transported's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2006 FZ1, 1999 R1
Airbnb for Motorcycles

Sharing startup Twisted Road wants to be the Airbnb for motorcycles

Austin Rothbard was frustrated.

For the third time in a row, he'd found himself on vacation, in a scenic place that was perfect for motorcycling, without a motorcycle and without any way to rent one.

On a whim, he checked the local Craigslist to see if there were any used motorcycles for sale. There were, but cost close to $1,000.


That led to an epiphany: The country is full of motorcycles that aren't being ridden, and might be full of riders like him who wanted to rent them.

Link: Sharing startup Twisted Road wants to be the Airbnb for motorcycles
Apr 6th 2018, 09:37 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  '15 Daytona 675R
I have often wished the same, but for me to rent a bike, the owner has to be willing to let someone else ride it. Wanna rent your bike to this guy?


0:39 WAAA-grind-WAAAAA-grind-WAAAA oh there's 1st gear.

Or how about renting to these dipshits?


Best of luck to Austin.
Apr 6th 2018, 07:17 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
Yeah, I've got to know someone really well to let them ride a bike of mine. No way I'd hand one over to someone I've never met before.

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Apr 6th 2018, 09:33 PM   #4
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle East Side

There's no way this is going to be a thing.

Way too much liability on both parties.
Apr 7th 2018, 03:13 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  44 N,123 W (ish)

  2000 CBR1100 XX, 2016 FJR1300 ES
There's this place in Bend.

MotoFantasy - offering Central Oregon destination-based motorcycle rental and vacation packages

Would imagine there's more places like it around.
Apr 7th 2018, 09:29 AM   #6
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland

Nobody touches my baby.
Apr 8th 2018, 03:05 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Beijing

  Honda CBF190R
Cool. Maybe it could work. Especially for the folks (and there are definitely a few) who have a dozen motorcycles in their garage at any one time...

Why buy a dozen battery tenders when you can actually turn a profit from all those sitting bikes!

Hell, I'd consider renting my bike out as it has (shamefully) sat for months and months without being ridden.

There's already a peer to peer car rental company. I think it's called Turro? If it can work for cars, why not motorcycles?

Edited by galenernest on Apr 8th 2018 at 03:07 AM
Apr 8th 2018, 07:52 AM   #8
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  Feb 2016
  Seattle

Yeah turo is an interesting service, and if such a service existed for motorcycles I would probably use it when I’m on vacation somewhere. The trouble would simply be the much greater insurance liability, especially health care coverage for the rider. There are quite a few motorcycle rental services, they just don’t rent sport bikes.
Apr 8th 2018, 08:51 AM   #9
 
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure
If I like my ride enough, i take care of it and I’m not letting someone I don’t know take it out.

And if I’m looking to borrow a bike, I wouldn’t trust one that someone was willing to let anyone take out.
Apr 14th 2018, 09:49 AM   #10
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  Jan 2018
  Spanaway, WA

  2014 Honda CB1100, 2014 Suzuki GSXr
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Originally Posted by mgfchapin
I have often wished the same, but for me to rent a bike, the owner has to be willing to let someone else ride it. Wanna rent your bike to this guy?

Best of luck to Austin.
It'd be cool if they had like a "pre-trial" where potential riders had to prove their skill, but at the same time... I never got the Rev-maxxing dipships.

I mean, a little bump is fun, but to just sit there are "BZZZ, BZZZZZZZ, WUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZDADADADAD ADAAAAAAAAA" is fuckin' annoying.
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