Where can I rent a motorcycle in San Francisco?
We love the friendly folks at EagleRider, and we start most of our tours there. For same-day or next-day rental requests, we strongly recommend calling the shop first. While EagleRider is best known for their Harley Davidson's, they also have a big selection from BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha - hurry, they go fast!
Nini, Freddie, Warren and the crew at Rental PowerSports are fantastic, and their prices are very reasonable. Their shop is a bit south of San Francisco (in Millbrae), but they offer delivery options and will bring your rental bike to you! Rental PowerSports has a large variety of bikes, including BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, Yamaha, HD, Honda, and Triumphs.
➜ Twisted Road | Peer-to-peer moto sharing
Like Airbnb or Turo for motorcycles. Flexible cancellation policy. Use the link above and receive a first-time renter discount of 25% - 35% depending on the length of rental.
➜ Riders Share | Peer-to-peer moto sharing
Like Airbnb or Turo for motorcycles. Flexible cancellation policy. Use the link above and receive a $25 first-time renter discount.
While the cool folks at MotoQuest mostly specialize in epic tours, they house (and rent) their adventure bike inventory at Moto Guild on Treasure Island.
What's in a name?
We believe the more memorable trips and the most authentic travel is done from the point of view of a local or native to the area. More than just a guided adventure baked in with deep local knowledge, we aim to connect riders from all over the world visiting our beautiful backyard with local bikers for a true Californian experience.
Because we're an adventurous bunch, it is very likely we will meet again and ride roads and trails together in other parts of our amazing planet. You're about to unlock many more rides.
Why we're different.
- We craft participative social riding adventures.
- We're San Francisco and Lake Tahoe locals, we know the best roads and the "secret" back roads: every turn, every pothole.
- We're connected to the local riding communities. You ride with the locals who join our excursions.
- We're gender balanced.
Is California the best place to ride? Should I ride route 66?
We'll admit we are biased, AND while there is beauty and amazing roads in every state and part of the world, we know for a fact that there is a very high concentration of scenic landscapes, twisty backroads, iconic biker stops, and diversity in California compared to most places.
Also, don't get us started on route 66... while it has been made famous by movies and pop culture, we don't think it is worth spending time and money on a mostly straight and uneventful route (unless your bike can't lean in turns). Yep, we said it! :)
Can I ride as a passenger or pillion?
If you are doing your tour with a friend or partner who will be doing the driving, you can certainly ride as a passenger or pillion with them. We do not take sole passengers unfortunately.
Do you offer motorcycle or motorbike rentals?
So glad you asked, well yes we do! We focus on building and running the best tours and experiences, and we have a trusted local rental partner who manages an exciting fleet of motorbikes. Whether you want a BMW, a Honda, a Ducati, or a Harley Davidson, we can help you secure your ideal bike to go along with your California dream ride. Check out our wide moto selection and be sure to select that option on the tour purchase/checkout page.
You also have the choice or bringing your own motorcycle or renting through your own channels. Whatever option you choose, we promise to make it as easy as possible for you.
Should I bring my own motorcycle gear?
Along with your motorcycle rental, you can opt to add a helmet and/or protective jacket. If you have space in your luggage, there is no substitute for your own fitted gear. There is also the option to buy some gear at local moto shops. Ask us, we'll be glad to help.
Why don't I just rent a motorcycle and use the GPS?
You absolutely can. However, we can think of 3 big reasons why it's NOT a good idea:
Do I need an international driver / rider’s license?
A valid motorcycle license issued in your state or country is acceptable as well as an international license.
Do I need insurance?
Yes, insurance is required in California and is generally provided by the rental company at the time of signing the rental contract. We recommend you make sure that your rental unit is covered either by your own policy or any other that you sign up for at the rental dealership. There usually is a reimbursable deposit to cover minimum damages, which can be put on your credit card. Rental companies may offer Loss Damage Waiver coverage that is highly recommended considering the price of most motorcycles.
What experience do I need as a rider?
We require that you have at least 2 years of street riding, ideally with motorcycles 450cc and above. If you're planning on having a passenger, we require that you have previous experience riding with one, because the bike dynamics change with passengers.
Should I be riding a Harley-Davidson to get the full California experience?
Not necessarily, but if it's your dream, go for it! In true Californian spirit, we welcome all human and bike types with open arms. Keep in mind that that, depending on your skill level, a big touring Harley or Indian will be heavier and might be not be as maneuverable in the twisties as another bike with higher clearance.
Is there an additional charge for mileage?
Most (if not all) rentals come with unlimited (or plenty of) mileage. There are way too many beautiful roads to worry about that.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept debit cards, credit cards, PayPal, and cash in person. We do require the advance deposit to be made using an electronic form of payment or a wire transfer.