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Tips for Renting a Scooter or Motorbike!
One of the greatest ways to explore a foreign country is on two wheels. Having the
freedom to go where you want, when you want is a great feeling. It can also
save on transport in the long run! Unfortunately, not everyone who decides that
they are up for renting a scooter or motorbike is equipped with the required
experience or knowledge. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Everyone has to
learn somehow. But before you take off on that exciting adventure, be sure to
do your homework!
Before renting a scooter or motorbike…
Get a licence. Travel insurers won’t payout if you have an accident but don’t have a licence.
Alcohol and motorbikes don’t mix.
Get a bike based on your ability rather than your ambition.
Don’t rent based on price. The cheapest bikes usually have more miles on the clock and in some cases less roadworthy.
Do an inspection of the motor bike. Check the tyres for tread and damage, the engine for oil leaks, the instruments and lights all operate. Photograph and record all damage.
Most importantly check the brakes. If you are not happy with the condition of the bike get another one or go elsewhere.
ATTGATT – All The Gear All The Time. Protective gear will help to minimise injury in a crash.
Once you are on the road…
Constantly scan the road looking for hazards like entering traffic, pedestrians, animals etc
Cover your brakes. Be ready to stop.
When riding in traffic drop a gear. If you need to speed up you’ll be ready.
Check the road surface. Oil, diesel, debris, potholes, ice, water
Plan escape routes. When riding in traffic always have a way out. Own your lane. Ride
in a position that other drivers won’t try to squeeze you out.
Make yourself seen. Wear light coloured clothing. If it is legal turn on your headlight. Make
eye contact with drivers.
Ensure your indicators are off after every turn.
Get clear of traffic. At traffic lights work your way to the front of traffic and use your
power to get ahead of cars into clear road.
Mirrors and head checks.
Constantly check on your surroundings.
When changing lanes, MILO: Mirrors, Indicators, Look, Over.
Don’t get yourself between vehicles and exit ramps.
Move into a position so that you’ll avoid cars that change lanes at the last minute.
Use larger vehicles as cover. When crossing intersections, roundabouts use other vehicles as protection.
Coming into corners select the right gear, come wide so that you can open your line of vision and as you round the apex turn sharper so that you avoid oncoming traffic which maybe cutting the
Use the Internet to get motorcycle tips. Even if you’re an experienced rider a fresh perspective is always welcome.
Enjoy your ride, but stay safe to ride another day.
Now that you know some great tips on renting a scooter or motorbike, don’t be afraid to go out and explore the world on two wheels! It could become the greatest adventure you have ever undertaken.
Questions you should ask before Hiring a Bicycle
Taking your bicycle with you when you travel is not always possible, but don’t give up on the idea of riding altogether. Renting a bicycle is an easy way to experience new places. Plus, it gives you a chance to try a new bike out that you may want to buy when you get home. Before you travel, here are a few tips to get you going.
As bike trails and paths are becoming more commonplace, more bike shops are entering the rental market. Before you travel, find a few area bike shops and call about renting a bicycle. Be sure to ask about both rental fleets (typically made up of basic mountain bikes, cruisers or hybrids) as well as “Demo” bikes. Many shops that don’t rent bikes have demo units used to let potential buyers try before they buy. The fee for a demo is usually higher than that of a standard rental, but the bicycle quality is also typically higher.
In most major cities or tourist destinations, there are businesses that only rent bikes. Finding one of these companies is as easy as a google search or ask the hotel you are staying in. Many rental companies have services in place to deliver a rental bike to the hotel. If you are going to the rental shop understand They usually operate on a first come first serve basis, so be sure to get there early if you are trying to ride on a busy weekend.
Or Bike Share Programs
Bike shares are becoming very popular throughout the US and abroad. Companies like BCycle, Zagster, and Citi bike offer options to rent “as you go” with tons of locations around the US. Bike shares are a great option if you are touring a city because you can pick up a bike in one location, explore, and then drop the bike off at a docking station any time of day or night.
The most important trick to make sure you have a great bike rental experience is to make sure the bicycle is comfortable. Your own pedals, saddle, and the right size bike are a great way to start.
If you don’t have a bike, ask for the brand and model of the bike from the rental company. Then, try to find a local bike shop that sells that model. If you stop into the shop and explain your situation, they can typically let you know what size you ride. As a side benefit, If you like the bike you rented, that local bike shop would be a great place to buy one to keep at home.
If you use clipless pedals, remove them from your bike, drop them in a ziplock bag, store them in your riding shoes, and bring them with you. Once you get your rental bike, have your pedals installed. Having a familiar pedal can go a long way to make a new bike feel like your bike at home.
Measure your saddle height. Do this by rotating your pedals until a crank arm is in line with the seat tube of your bicycle. Use a tape measure to measure from the top of the saddle to the middle of the pedal (in line with the seat tube). Also, measure the distance from the tip of your saddle to the handlebars and the height of your handlebars. Once you get your rental, ask to have it adjusted to be as close to your own bike’s measurements as possible. Keep in mind that one bike will never fit exactly like another, so close is great.