Renting north of San Francisco

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by WW, Jul 9, 2004.

  1. WW

    WW Guest

    A friend and I are looking to take a vacation in N. California this
    fall (drive up the coast to Oregon for a week), and renting a couple
    of bikes for a day and going up the coast highway would really cap it
    off (can't do bikes the whole time). However, the only bikes I see
    for rent are Harleys and big Gold Wings; I was hoping for something
    smaller, but still a cruiser.

    I ride a Harley myself, so it's not the brand. But I'm not big, and
    I'd really rather have a bike that's short enough stock, rather than
    lowered. Mine's lowered.

    Any ideas? Does anyone out there rent on a daily basis, preferably
    for a reasonable sum?

    If you could reply to the newsgroup I'd really appreciate it -- I
    can't check the email address right now.

    thanks
    Wendy
     
    WW, Jul 9, 2004
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  2. Golden Gate Cycle downtown rents several brands. I bought my Virago
    1100 from them. Pretty sure they'll rent just about anything but it's
    been awhile.


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    Gary L. Burnore, Jul 9, 2004
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  3. Wendy;
    Try Cruise America. They usually rent motorhomes, but they keep a
    supply of bikes on hand, too. Last I saw, they had Honda Shadows and
    the like.
    Cruising up the coast is a great ride, but if you're not familiar with
    fog and extremely twisty roads,(CA-1 on the north coast mnakes the
    road to Hana on Maui look like kid's stuff) you'd better be prepared!

    Have fun!
    WCJ
     
    West Coast Joe, Jul 9, 2004
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  4. http://www.sjbmw.com/docs/rentals/rentals.asp

    Other choices around too I'm sure.
     
    Rob Kleinschmidt, Jul 9, 2004
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  5. Obviously you've never ridden it in the fog!
    The Hana road is for novices!
     
    West Coast Joe, Jul 9, 2004
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  6. WW

    XS11E Guest

    BTDT, both of 'em, both lots of very slow sightseeing traffic, very
    hard to get past.

    When I did the road to Hana, though, the entire route was thick with
    mangos that had fallen off the trees and rotted so I have to say
    highway 1 smells better... ;-)
     
    XS11E, Jul 10, 2004
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    Alan Moore Guest

    You can try these guys: http://www.dubbelju.com/

    They seem to have an assortment of bikes available. I've never dealt
    with them myself, but they've been around for a while.

    Al Moore
    DoD 734
     
    Alan Moore, Jul 10, 2004
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  8. Assuming you find appropriate bikes, you might want to reconsider your
    itinerary. The coast highway is beautiful, but it is cold, foggy and
    repetitive. If you consider going inland, you will find equal or better
    east-west motorcycling roads and many very cool destinations (e.g.,
    Shasta Dam, Mt Shasta, Lassen Park(!!!), Captain Jack's Stronghold,
    Crater Lake, etc., etc.).

    A few years ago, I rode from San Francisco to Portland and back in about
    ten days. My route was kind of a large, distorted figure 8. I managed
    to put about 2500 miles on my VFR, riding every day but one. Best trip
    ever, and the coast was, for me, the most boring part. At one point on
    the way south I got so tired of the cold and fog that I just cut east on
    the next (beautiful) road. The temperature went up about 40 degrees in
    an hour's riding.

    Give it a thought.

    -r
     
    Richard Reich, Jul 10, 2004
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    jim stinnett Guest

    jim stinnett, Jul 15, 2004
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    Jim Service Guest

    wendy
    i hosted a nor cal tour for some brit friends 2 years back. after
    checking moto-rama, we went with dubelju. mostly harleys, but some bmw
    and a triumph or two also. (back then)

    no problems.

    when i think of places to suggest you go, the mind boggles.

    jim
     
    Jim Service, Jul 22, 2004
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