probably stupid newbie question

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by MayQueen, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. MayQueen

    MayQueen Guest

    Hi - is there anywhere in the bay area that rents bikes? We are taking
    a class in a few weeks and have no idea if we are going to like riding
    or want to buy bikes for weekend rides. It would be great if there were
    a place we could rent bikes so that we can see if it is something we
    would like to start doing before we go ahead and possibly invest some $$
    into this sport.
     
    MayQueen, Jun 19, 2007
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  2. MayQueen

    Paul Elliot Guest

    There are several in SF and SJ, but you DO need to have your M1 license
    first.

    --
    Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs Italian, the mechanics
    German, the lovers French and it is all organized by the Swiss.

    Hell is where the police are German, the chefs British, the mechanics
    French, the lovers Swiss and it is all organized by Italians.

    http://new.photos.yahoo.com/paul1cart/albums/
     
    Paul Elliot, Jun 19, 2007
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  3. Check out EagleRider. They are in San Jose and San Francsico. They
    have mostly Harleys. We have used them and they're pretty good. (Not
    cheap!)

    If you're a newbie you're much better off having your own bike and
    learning it's particular ideosyncracies.
     
    Blazing Laser, Jun 19, 2007
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  4. If you're "taking a class in a few weeks", then that class
    almost certainly provides beginer-class bikes for you to use.
    Check with them.

    -Patti
     
    Patti Beadles, Jun 19, 2007
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  5. MayQueen

    MayQueen Guest

    Thanks for the responses! We are taking the class and they will provide
    helmets and bikes for the class. We will be able to obtain our licenses
    at the DMV afterwards.

    I was thinking of the bike rental for after we take the class and have
    our licenses.
     
    MayQueen, Jun 20, 2007
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  6. MayQueen

    muddy cat Guest

    Many of the BMW dealers rent bikes as well.
     
    muddy cat, Jun 20, 2007
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  7. Most motorcycle rentals are for larger bikes, and generally
    aren't suitable for beginners. You don't want to get on a
    large BMW or a Harley or something right after getting your
    license-- you're much better off on a small, lightweight,
    cheap bike.

    The thing about used beginner bikes is that, unless you trash
    them, the resale value doesn't drop much. If you spend a grand
    or two on an old but reliable bike and then ride it responsibly
    for a while, you can probably sell it for what you paid for
    it or pretty close thereto.

    -Patti
     
    Patti Beadles, Jun 20, 2007
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  8. MayQueen

    muddy cat Guest

    I don't know of any place that rents Shite Old Bikes.
    Too right.

    I happen to know someone with a little 500cc kawi for sale.
     
    muddy cat, Jun 20, 2007
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  9. MayQueen

    MayQueen Guest

    I have heard this before about buying a used biked and being able to
    sell it for about the same when I am ready for another.

    We definitely wouldn't want to rent bikes that are too big and with our
    inexperience have problems.

    We'll have to see what we want to do after the class.

    Lots of good things to think about! Thanks!
     
    MayQueen, Jun 20, 2007
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  10. Affordable Rentals - 3260 Cameron Park Dr Cameron Park , CA 95682 -
    (530) 677-6900

    Bikeyard Inc - 851 Tennessee St San Francisco , CA 94107 - (415)
    821-3941

    Bob Dron Harley Davidson Motorcycles Inc - 200 Hegenberger Rd # 510
    Oakland , CA 94621 - (510) 635-0100

    Britalia Motors Of Santa Cruz - 200 Kennedy Dr Capitola , CA 95010 -
    (831) 476-3663


    Crt Motorcycle Rentals - 2500 Old Middlefield Way Mountain View , CA
    94043 - (650) 625-8400

    Cruise America Motorhome Rental & Sales - 2233 E 223rd St # D Carson ,
    CA 90810 - (310) 522-3870

    Cruise America Motorhome Rental & Sales - 796 66th Ave Oakland , CA
    94621 - (510) 639-7125

    Dubbelju Motorcycle Rentals Llc - 271 Clara St San Francisco , CA
    94107 - (415) 495-2774 http://www.dubbelju.com/

    Eagle Rider Of San Jose - 1666 Monterey Hwy San Jose , CA 95112 -
    (408) 961-0057


    Eaglerider Motorcycle Rental - 1060 Bryant St San Francisco , CA 94103
    - (415) 503-1900

    Eaglerider Motorcycle Rental - San Francisco South San Francisco , CA
    94080 - (650) 877-0636

    Fairfield Harley Davidson - 1370 Holiday Ln Fairfield , CA 94534 -

    Affordable Rentals - 3260 Cameron Park Dr Cameron Park , CA 95682 -
    (530) 677-6900


    Bikeyard Inc - 851 Tennessee St San Francisco , CA 94107 - (415)
    821-3941


    Bob Dron Harley Davidson Motorcycles Inc - 200 Hegenberger Rd # 510
    Oakland , CA 94621 - (510) 635-0100

    Britalia Motors Of Santa Cruz - 200 Kennedy Dr Capitola , CA 95010 -
    (831) 476-3663

    Crt Motorcycle Rentals - 2500 Old Middlefield Way Mountain View , CA
    94043 - (650) 625-8400

    Cruise America Motorhome Rental & Sales - 2233 E 223rd St # D Carson ,
    CA 90810 - (310) 522-3870

    Cruise America Motorhome Rental & Sales - 796 66th Ave Oakland , CA
    94621 - (510) 639-7125

    Dubbelju Motorcycle Rentals Llc - 271 Clara St San Francisco , CA
    94107 - (415) 495-2774

    Eagle Rider Of San Jose - 1666 Monterey Hwy San Jose , CA 95112 -
    (408) 961-0057


    Eaglerider Motorcycle Rental - 1060 Bryant St San Francisco , CA 94103
    - (415) 503-1900

    Eaglerider Motorcycle Rental - San Francisco South San Francisco , CA
    94080 - (650) 877-0636

    Fairfield Harley Davidson - 1370 Holiday Ln Fairfield , CA 94534 -
    (707) 426-3172
     
    Two Wheels Good, Four Wheels Bad, Jun 20, 2007
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  11. I would agree with this, basically. Except . . .

    I have read that more than half of all new Harley Davidson buyers are
    either new to motorcycling or returning after a decade or more (i.e.
    the kids have grown up and moved out). This always puzzled me since
    Harleys are very big and heavy. But a friend and I rented a Harley
    last year and I found it surprisingly manageable and easy to handle
    for its size, because the center of gravity is so low. I'd expect
    most 'cruisers' are the same. The guy at Eagle Rider said many of
    their customers don't own M/Cs, though they have to have the
    endorsement on their license.
    Yes I agree with that too. You're going to be hard on your 1st bike.
    You're going to abuse the clutch, and you might drop it once or twice.
    You shouldn't rush right into that $10,000 new bike.
     
    Blazing Laser, Jun 20, 2007
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  12. MayQueen

    Timberwoof Guest

    They've moved. They're at Fifth and Bryant now and easier to find.
     
    Timberwoof, Jun 20, 2007
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  13. Dubbleju rents BMW F650 singles, which might be suitable for
    a beginner if they have the ones with a low seat height. The taller
    ones are more like a dual sport.
     
    Two Wheels Good, Four Wheels Bad, Jun 20, 2007
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  14. MayQueen

    MayQueen Guest

    There might be a problem renting after all. We will just have gotten
    our licenses. I looked at Dubbleju and they want you to have a few
    years' experience. I can totally understand that. If I were renting
    bikes out, I would want experienced riders as well.

    I will also have to make sure I can fit on a bike and don't know if a
    rental place would have a bike for me. I'm 5'.
     
    MayQueen, Jun 21, 2007
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  15. The subject of motorcycles for vertically-challenged persons arises
    frequently.

    You may have to buy one to test your commitment to motorcycling.

    If you like a sportbike, look around for a used Kawasaki EX250.
    Kawasaki has been building them forever, new ones only cost about $3K,
    so used one may be quite a bit cheaper.

    http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/kawasaki/kawasaki-ninja-250r-45983.html

    http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Article_Page.aspx?ArticleID=3864

    Kawasaki also built cruiser versions with the same engine, they were
    the EL250 and the EN250.

    Suzuki made some GN125 single cylinder cruisers.

    Buell makes the 500cc Blast. It's quite low to the ground.
     
    Two Wheels Good, Four Wheels Bad, Jun 21, 2007
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  16. MayQueen

    MayQueen Guest

    I do have a list of bikes for the vertically challenged! I'm betting
    your suggestions are on that list too! I will look at the links you
    sent. Thanks!
     
    MayQueen, Jun 21, 2007
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  17. MayQueen

    Ken Ward Guest

    I recently checked out a new bike rental place near Otis & Dubose in SF.
    They want $180/day for a big Harley, BMW, or Goldwing. They'll go down
    to $120/day for 3 days, and $110/day for a week. This includes
    insurance but no gear.

    They also had new Yamaha 250F dirt bikes which cost the same as the big
    street bikes!

    The business model is that they can write off the entire purchase price
    of the bike over 2 years, sell it for whatever they can get, and then
    buy a new one. I wonder if I can start my own personal motorcycle
    rental biz?

    Ken
     
    Ken Ward, Jun 21, 2007
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  18. MayQueen

    Paul Elliot Guest

    My daughter (5'2") rides a Ninja 250 and loves it. It can be a good bike
    for most duty, plenty fast.

    --
    Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs Italian, the mechanics
    German, the lovers French and it is all organized by the Swiss.

    Hell is where the police are German, the chefs British, the mechanics
    French, the lovers Swiss and it is all organized by Italians.

    http://new.photos.yahoo.com/paul1cart/albums/
     
    Paul Elliot, Jun 21, 2007
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  19. MayQueen

    barb Guest

    Aha...short like me!
    When I moved to the bay area, I bought a Honda Twinstar from Monroe
    Motors. Great little bike, low to the ground and nimble.

    barb
     
    barb, Jun 23, 2007
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  20. MayQueen

    MayQueen Guest

    I will also have to make sure I can fit on a bike and don't know if a
    What I am gathering is that I'm not so much in the minority as I
    thought. I'll make sure the Twinstar is on my list to check out.
     
    MayQueen, Jun 24, 2007
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