Renting a motorcycle can be a fun, spontaneous experience that sparks an exciting adventure. However, renting a bike comes with certain responsibilities, and it is important that you follow the proper rental procedures to ensure the safety of you, your passengers, and the vehicle itself. There are a number of things to consider before renting a motorcycle, and it is better to handle these things before you rent so you can enjoy your ride with absolute peace of mind. Here are a few things everyone needs to do before renting a motorbike:
Identify your experience level
A rental bike is meant for those who have a great deal of experience riding motorcycles, not for people hoping to learn. There are a variety of requirements for renting a motorcycle: you must be 23 years old, hold a valid M2 or full M licence (or an equivalent qualification from another country), and you must put down a security deposit with a qualified credit card to cover the vehicle. When picking up a rental bike, we ensure each driver is capable of handling the vehicle by requiring them to demonstrate their ability; if you cannot pass this test, we cannot rent the bike to you.
Make sure you have comprehensive insurance coverage
In Canada, motorcycles require insurance just like any other road-certified vehicle. Third party liability insurance is covered by our commercial policy, which covers you in the event that a crash causes damage or injury to another person or vehicle. However, you will need to purchase additional coverage if you want to insure the rental motorcycle against damage caused while you are riding it. Be sure to double-check that you are absolutely covered in the event of an accident, and keep a copy of your insurance documents on you for the duration of your rental period. An accident is no time to be worrying about money, so make sure you can enjoy your ride with the peace of mind that comes from the knowledge that you are insured.
Wear the proper safety equipment
Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous; in the event of a crash, you want to ensure you are protected as much as possible. With that in mind, be sure to inquire with the rental agency regarding their safety recommendations for riding such a vehicle. This will include a helmet, but can also include protective gloves, pants, boots, and jackets. Leather is well-known for its ability to hold up to everyday wear-and-tear, but it can also provide exceptional protection against scrapes and “road-rash,” if you wipe out on the bike.
Inspect the motorbike before riding it
As with any rental vehicle, be sure to thoroughly inspect the vehicle before signing any forms and taking possession of the bike. Rental vehicles often suffer more wear-and-tear than other vehicles. Not only do you not want to be blamed for damage that you didn’t cause, but you also want to avoid renting a damaged bike and compromising your own safety.
Don’t rent based solely on price
The cheapest rental bikes are often older models that have ridden a lot of kilometres. While they may be more affordable than other alternatives, safety should be your top priority. Consider searching for motorbikes at a slightly higher rental rate to ensure you are getting a reliable, safe vehicle.
At GTA Exotics, we offer a selection of luxury motorcycle rentals. For more information about our exotic car rentals, or to inquire about booking a luxury motorcycle, call us at 905-815-1300 or visit our website here.