It’s one of those motorcycle bucket list experiences; riding a Harley on Route 66.
But it goes without saying, throughout the vast and varied landscape of America, there are so many great roads to ride, sights to see and towns to visit. It might only be ‘a few hundred years old’ but in some places it’s like a step back in time.
Unlike riding in Europe, you can’t really take your own bike (well, you could but it would require a huge amount of effort, paperwork and cost), so it’s better to just rent a bike from a USA-based motorbike rental company and get on and enjoy the ride.
There are lots 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 so 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
Freedom-loving-bikers who want to see America from a first-class seat
Why you should do it
Because the English accent still carries weight in the US
What does it cost
You can rent a motorcycle for a week for around £500
Locations around the USA | +001 800 756 1990
MotoQuest has four locations in the USA. Our two California rental stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco are perfectly situated for tours to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. MotoQuest has a range of late-model Harleys and other great touring bikes such as BMW GS and RT models. Short or long term hire options available including one-way hire and we also do tours!
Chicago Motorcycle Centre
A large selection of Harleys including bikes with upgraded audio and touch-screen navigation systems. Close to Chicago airports and the start of the infamous Route 66. Helmets supplied free of charge, most bikes come with luggage storage.
Colorado Motorcycle Adventures
Short to long term rentals options on a range of late-model motorcycles. Unlimited mileage as standard. Located 30 mins from Denver International Airport.
Located in the town of Puyallup near Seattle, Washington, Tour USA is 30 minutes from SeaTac Airport. Offering a small range of bikes suitable for on and off-roading, luggage and accessories available on request.
A collection of BMW bikes available to rent from Riverside California. All bikes less than 12 months old, less than 18k miles and fully equipped with side panniers and top boxes.
One of the largest motorcycle rental companies in the world, Eagle Rider has a huge fleet of bikes ready for pick up. One-way rentals, luggage storage and DOT-approved helmets available.
The AirBnB of motorcycle rental, Twisted Road is a motorcycle sharing community. You search for the location, arrange pick up with the owner and drive away. Twisted Road provides insurance and fully vet their members.
Ride Free Motorcycle Tours
Essentially a rental broker who contacts rental companies on your behalf for the best rates. Booking through Ride Free gives you free roadside assistance, DOT helmets and 1 free additional driver.
Orange & Black
The only professionally accredited, ATOL bonded, Harley-Davidson Authorised Tour Operator in the UK. Hire available from various locations and for short and long term trips.
A UK based company who work with motorcycle rental companies within the US. Currently operating within 34 states, simply contact 2wheeltravel who find the best price, bike and location of pickup.
One of the biggest independent travel companies in the UK, Freedom Destinations offer guided or self-guided motorcycle tours throughout the USA. Offering everything you need including motorcycle-friendly accommodation, easy to follow routes, a choice of bike and unlimited mileage so you can explore until your heart’s content.
Complete North America
Offering a selection of Harley Davidson’s, BMW’s, and Indian’s, Complete North America offer guided and self-guided motorcycle tours of route 66 and surrounding areas. Prices include the cost of bike and equipment hire, flights, and hotels.
USA On Wheels
A UK based company that works with rental companies within the USA, USA On Wheels offer a choice of rental locations including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Orlando. Transport from your airport hotel to your rental location is included in the prices.
RIDE Adventures are a US-based company in Oregon that offer a range of bike options for those who are touring or looking for more of an off-road experience. Rentals include soft luggage, tank bags, basic repair kits, 3rd party insurance plus taxes. Optional extras such as camping gear, satellite phones or GPS rentals are available for an additional cost.
Riding Route 66
Want to ride the whole of Route 66 from start to finish? Riding Route 66 is a US-based company specialising in one-way rentals from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rental includes DOT certified helmet and rain gear along with insurance. Group discounts are available.
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