Motorcycling is a fun activity. I love road trips by car but a motorbike just takes it to another level. A motorbike can be quite cheap compared to a car but it’s still only worth it if you drive it somewhat regularly. There was a period in my life where I was really on the verge of buying a bike. Luckily I somehow listened to reason and decided to rent a bike temporarily whenever I get the urge to hit the road (usually not more than once or twice a year anyway). Just in case the inner urge comes back in the future a list of reasons why renting a bike multiple times a year is still cheaper than buying one:

  • Be sure to not forget the costs beside the initial purchase: e.g. regular inspections, wearing parts, insurance.
  • Where do you store the bike when you are not riding it? No space at home.
  • How often will you drive the bike? It’s still not sunny days all year around where you live. Even our summer days mostly have a 50/50 chance of precipitation. Always remember: also work commute is not really practical by bike most of the time. Day dreaming about it just makes it seem much more fun than it would be in reality.
  • Lastly: see it that way – for each new trip you get to decide which of the newest models you want to try instead.

What’s important to me personally

Proper gear/clothing

  • helmet, leather gloves, sturdy jacket, trousers and boots
  • kidney belt on longer trips

Bike options

  • wind shield (my preference on longer road trips)

Rental agreement

  • be sure to agree to a sensible deductible that will not make you regret your yearly bike trip in case of an accident (something I did not think seriously enough on before a previous trip – please don’t ask)
  • be sure to agree on included distance and price per additional km beforehand

Bike experiences in the last years

  • Suzuki VanVan
  • KTM Duke 690 (2018 model)
  • Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports (2018 model)