If you’re planning a motorcycle a tour of Europe, you don’t need a motorcycle! Well, you don’t need to own one, you can rent one instead. It’s well worth a look. So read on..
Renting a motorcycle for your short trip saves you time and effort, especially if you haven’t got a great bike for the job, the right insurance coverage or if it hasn’t been ridden for ages and needs some love (and money!) to get it back on the road.
There are plenty of motorcycle rental companies out there, knowing what to look for is vital. If you’re stuck for extra gear or equipment, such as, GPS, choosing a company with rentable extras will save you buying things you might not use again for a long time. Of course, these accessories will cost extra but not as much as forking out for a new Garmin when you don’t need to.
Just like with car hire firms, motorcycle rentals will come with their own insurance. This should be fully comp (and European travel if you’re going abroad!) always check the small print of the terms and conditions to make sure you’re fully covered.
To help you on your way, we’ve selected some great choices for you to consider on your next adventure:
Who is it for
If you want to explore Europe but you don;t have a bike that's up to the job or you'd rather do most of the miles on a plane and leave the fun miles for the bike.
Why you should do it
Tour Europe in style, from the comfort of a brand-new motorcycle. Rent a new bike that's fully prepared and good to go. Just add petrol.
What does it cost
From around £500 a week.
Bournemouth, BH8 9BG | 01202 380388
Offering an extensive range of touring, sports and other seasonal motorcycles including models from BMW, Suzuki, Triumph and more. Take the stress out of your travels and hire a bike, clothing, helmets, Sat Navs plus European bike insurance and breakdown cover.
West Sussex Motorcycle Hire
West Sussex | 01243 780039
A wide range of bikes suitable for beginners or more experienced riders, Fully comprehensive insurance, plus breakdown cover can be purchased for the UK and abroad. Additional services include delivery and collection, sat-nav/intercom hire.
Kent | 01732 387107
Based in Kent, Motobox offer a range of bikes with different engine capacities to suit every rider. Makes include Yamaha, Triumph and Kawasakis with low rates from £65. European bike cover available plus delivery or meet and greet at any London airport.
Greater Manchester | 0161 432 1303
Hunts are based in Manchester and offer Hondas for hire in the UK and Europe. Fully comprehensive insurance and unlimited mileage are included. Hunts also let you hire top boxes and panniers, perfect for touring.
Bare Naked Bikes
Limerick, Ireland | 02895 680 190
A no-frills motorcycle hire company based in Ireland. BNB has a small range of Benelli and Royal Enfield bikes. They offer free luggage hire. Gear and GPS equipment available for additional fees.
superbike rental & tours
essex | 01277 366 602
This Essex based company allows you to rent bikes in the UK and take them to Europe. Choose from a wide range of sports bikes or tourers. If you don’t have any kit, you can hire touring packs, helmets, gear, and European insurance and breakdown cover for an additional fee.
roadtrip motorcycle rental
woking, surrey | 01483 662 135
A wide range of sports, tourers, and classic bikes are available for hire. All hires include insurance and roadside assistance including the correct documents you need to ride in Europe. a 24-hour helpline allows riders to contact Roadtrip should they need support. Additional hire of clothing, helmets, and accessories are available.
usa based | +1 (310) 321 3180
EagleRider, the world’s largest motorcycle rental, tour, and membership company, carries the largest selection of new Harley-Davidson, Yamaha, BMW, Honda, Indian, and more for rent and touring. All motorcycles are maintained to meet strict factory standards providing the most fun, safe, and affordable riding experience. Additional equipment can be hired or bought depending on location.
usa based | +1 (310) 321 3180
Ride in style with a timeless classic, Harley-Davidson offer rentals from various European locations. Depending on location, there are hundreds of Harley’s for rental which include the use of a helmet. Mostly, you will need to take your own gear but insurance will be provided for an additional fee.
usa based | +351 210 413 334
Hertz Ride is available in various locations across Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, and Slovenia. If you’re touring, Hertz allow you to drop your bike off at another location, which is perfect if you’re entering one country, and leaving by another. Bike hires come with a helmet and GPS rental.
cornwall | 01872 211456
Magellan is a specialist and independent motorcycle tour operator setup and run from the UK with rental bike facilities in the South East of England with easy access to a range of international airports or Ferry and Eurotunnel departure points. For added peace of mind, Magellan can book hotels along your route too.
Ride With Us tours
folkstone, kent | 07812 398 832
Motorcycle rentals from Ride With Us are available if booking a guided or self-guided tour which includes transport abroad, pre-programmed GPS packages, hotels, and restaurant options. Ride with Us use motorcycle rental companies and most come with added extras such as luggage storage, hotel delivery and pick up, plus motorcycle gear rentals.
Motorcyle rental europe
bulgaria | +359 885 370 298
With locations in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, and Switzerland, Motorcycle Rental Europe offer various mileage options and a no-frills package. Hotels, flights, gear and any additional package items are not included.
spain | +34 622 010112
Motoadventours offers BMW motorcycles for rental and tours in Spain, Europe, and Morocco. Their R1250GS LC HP, F850 GS and F750GS are equipped with panniers, top box, maps and GPS for an additional cost.
bulgaria | +359 885 370 298
You can rent everything via Motoroads including enduro, dual-sport or adventure motorbike, urban, street or sport bike, road, cruiser or a touring motorcycle. Additional extras include gear, accessories and equipment rental in order to make your motorcycle adventure safe and enjoyable.
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