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post #1 of 6 Old 07-12-2016, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Why are Rentals so Expensive

I'm traveling to Central NY (hometown for me), and every time I travel I think it would be more convenient/cheaper to rent a motorcycle instead of a car. Nope... The only bikes you can rent are big-a** Harley's and the likes - 'tough boy cruisers' I like to call them.

Is there note a business in just renting to the casual business traveler? With good street bikes like the Weestrom available inexpensively, it just seems like there ought to be a rental option. I suppose I don't speak for the masses, and maybe there's only a few people like me, but I just had to get this off my chest.
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For one thing, rental cars that you see at all the big car agencies cost a LOT less than you think. They get these cars cheap from the factories, often cheaper than dealers get them. Then they run them in the rental fleets and after a certain time or mileage or other factors they are removed from fleet use and most often sold at auctions. Where they often bring money not too far off original cost. Then there is insurance.....

I don't imagine there is a big market for resale of rental bikes. So that cost is going to be passed on up front. Just not enough people that would rent a bike instead of a car for business trips, and even vacations.

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If I were to guess (and bearing in mind I'm no expert, so they definitely are guesses), I'd say they are so expensive to rent for a multitude of reasons. Supply and demand is one; there aren't that many places that rent bikes, compared to the number of places that rent cars. Choices are fewer for the consumer, so demand is higher (for those that want to rent bikes, not for the overall population), and so are prices.

Bikes are expensive to maintain and repair, especially those big old Harleys. Those costs get passed on to the consumer.

Since you're 26 times more likely to be killed in a motorcycle accident than a car accident, this means that places that rent bikes have a much higher potential for civil liability than someplace that rents cars. Higher business insurance premiums translate to higher rental costs for the consumer.

I agree with you, it does kind of suck. There are places out west that rent bikes like V-Stroms, BMWs, and it would be nice to just fly out and ride, but for me the cost for a two week rental is just prohibitive.

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I hated finding this out the hardway when someone totaled my bike while it was parked Luckily the left a note and their insurance eventually bought me my current bike
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-28-2016, 12:46 AM
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Googled Ny motorcycle rentals. A few places popped up. I don't know about their rental policies if they have them though
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Eagle riders. Also Long Island I believe.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-28-2016, 09:40 AM
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Some Eagle Rider's have other bikes than the Cruisers (typically BMW's but I rented a Honda ST1300 in LA.)

My last rental was going to be wiht a mickey-mouse place in Phoenix that had a bike for my wife similar to the Gladius she was riding and an older DL1000 for me. They totally dropped the ball and we ended up going to Eagle Rider and they complete rescued our vacation with a Sportster for her and a Road King for me.

We are not Harley people but you know what.. they are pretty nice bikes... especially for cruising around in Arizona and New Mexico!


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