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Jun 3rd 2018, 01:30 PM   #1
 
  Jun 2018
  Seattle

Rent a motocycle

Hi guys,

I'm pretty new to this forum and to bikes in general. Was wondering if anyone has good leads for rentals. Looking to rent cruisers and sport bikes.
Any information appreciated.

Cheers,
Catalina
Jun 3rd 2018, 02:24 PM   #2
 VeritasImageryNW's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
Really not many options. Eagle Rider rents primarily Harleys, with an occasional BMW Adv.

Another possibility is Twisted Roads, where they are kind of like AirB&B, and people list bikes they have available for rent. My concern here is that since they are private parties, who ends up responsible for damages caused by poor maintenance or mechanical failure of the bike? How do you know the bike you are renting is actually mechanically safe and sound?

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Jun 4th 2018, 07:17 PM   #4
 Bald Guy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  KTM SAR Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
Check out Chasing Sunsets http://www.facebook.com/Chasing-Suns...9727869731917/

She rents new smaller bikes, Honda 300s and such.

Give Kristy a shout on FB.

Dusty
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Jun 7th 2018, 07:43 AM   #5
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  Jan 2018
  Spanaway, WA

  2014 Honda CB1100, 2014 Suzuki GSXr
Honestly, I'm not sure I'd recommend renting a bike if you're new to them.

They do loan you a motorcycle for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation training if you're looking to get started. It also counts towards the driving portion of your endorsement.

Also, if you drop somebody else's bike, you end up paying for the repairs (your own bike, you can drop it and ride it while you're saving up for crap like new fairings or replacing scraped-up engine covers, etc). I wouldn't recommend renting a bike until you have a few years in the saddle, but that's just me. X-/
Jun 8th 2018, 05:28 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bald Guy
Check out Chasing Sunsets http://www.facebook.com/Chasing-Suns...9727869731917/

She rents new smaller bikes, Honda 300s and such.

Give Kristy a shout on FB.

Dusty
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Originally Posted by NoirCat
Honestly, I'm not sure I'd recommend renting a bike if you're new to them.

They do loan you a motorcycle for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation training if you're looking to get started. It also counts towards the driving portion of your endorsement.

Also, if you drop somebody else's bike, you end up paying for the repairs (your own bike, you can drop it and ride it while you're saving up for crap like new fairings or replacing scraped-up engine covers, etc). I wouldn't recommend renting a bike until you have a few years in the saddle, but that's just me. X-/
I don't know of anyone who will rent you a bike to learn on, but here are the folks who do the training in the greater Seattle area. They are all excellent operations with good equipment and highly qualified rider-coaches.

Everett

Washington Motorcycle Safety Training
•Website: www.gowmst.com
•Phone: 360.435.1600

Kent and Kirkland

Evergreen Safety Council
•Website: www.evergreenmotorcycletraining.org
•Phone: 800.521.0778 or 425.814.3868

Lynnwood

Evergreen Safety Council
•Website: www.evergreenmotorcycletraining.org
•Phone: 800.521.0778 or 425.814.3868

Seattle

Evergreen Safety Council
•Website: www.evergreenmotorcycletraining.org
•Phone: 800.521.0778 or 425.814.3868

Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Safety
•Website: www.pnwmotorcyclesafety.com
•Phone: 360.779.6378

Washington Motorcycle Safety Training
•Website: www.gowmst.com
•Phone: 360.435.1600 or 425.404.3439
Jun 8th 2018, 11:01 PM   #7
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

https://www.chasingsunsetsllc.com/motorcycles

Hit the web site and it looks like the only bikes she has are the Honda CBR300r or CB300f in stock for a rental motorcycle. I like being to rent a bike for a day to see if I like it but the Honda 300 variants were never on my 'want' list. Still good to see someone renting the smaller bikes though.
Jun 10th 2018, 06:59 PM   #8
 
  Jan 2016
  Renton

  2011 Triumph Daytona 675, 1975 Honda CB550K1
I know in many tourist locations like Hawaii, the rental places require you to have been endorsed a minimum of 2 years to rent their machines, so that's worth checking if you are a new rider.

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Jun 10th 2018, 07:42 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
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Speaking of which, never rent a motorcycle (or anything else) that really wants premium gas, particularly if you're not going to have it long enough to go through more than a tankful or so. Because the last guy who rented it filled it with the cheapest grade before bringing it back, guaranteed. Last time I was a tourist on a rented motorcycle the BMW F800GT felt a lot pingy-er than it should have; and if it really does automatically adjust the ignition timing as claimed, it wasn't enough to convince my butt-dyno.

(I was nice, though: I returned it full of premium. Probably the first guy who did.)
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